BVU Global Fellows Selected

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First row (L-R): Rebecca Peters, Olivia Wieseler, Jacob Simonsen Second row (L-R): Kevin Edgar, Marco Uribe, Aidan Cronin Third row (L-R): Dr. Melinda Coogan, Dr. Andrea Frantz

STORM LAKE, IA (03/13/2017) (readMedia)-- Six students have been selected for Buena Vista University's (BVU) 2018 Global Fellows Program.

The students include:

• Aidan Cronin, a sophomore biology major from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

• Kevin Edgar, a sophomore business major from Aurora, Colo.

• Rebecca Peters, a sophomore biology major from Audubon

• Jacob Simonsen, a sophomore biochemistry major from Quimby

• Marco Uribe, a sophomore biology and mathematics double major from Spring Valley, Ill.

• Olivia Wieseler, a sophomore digital media and English double major from Saint Helena, Neb.

The Global Fellows Program aims to open substantive dialogue on issues of sustainability and geopolitics from a global perspective. Global Fellows are selected based on faculty recommendation letters and globalization-themed essay responses during their first year at BVU.

During January interim of their second year, the Global Fellows participate in a fully-funded, academically-oriented, interdisciplinary international experience. During their junior and senior years, Global Fellows give back to the university as global ambassadors with a Scholar's Day presentation and as student mentors for the first-year program.

Those who are selected participate in classwork specific to the program, including for-credit classes that complement their fully-funded international travel experience.

"The BVU Global Fellows program is a unique biocultural opportunity open to all BVU freshmen," said Dr. Melinda Coogan, associate professor of biology. "The significance of this interdisciplinary program for those selected and for the entire BVU campus is that it initiates and encourages conversations among students, faculty and staff that address the importance of considering global perspectives as we contemplate the many ways we view our world and world issues."

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