Record Number of YSU Students Participate in Spring Break Studies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A record number of Youngstown State University students are registered to travel abroad during spring break for study and service trips.

According to the university, 75 students – along with 13 faculty members – are participating in projects between Feb. 28 and March 13.

“International travel and study is a priceless learning experience for our students,” said Joseph Mosca, dean of the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, in a release. “Not only are our students exposed to other cultures, but they are also able to learn about how health care and human services are delivered in in other countries.”

The destinations and projects are:

  • Bahamas, geology field investigations, led by Jeffery Dick, chairman of Geological and Environmental Sciences.
  • Costa Rica, fitness tourism, led by Jennifer Pintar, associate provost of academic affairs.
  • France, French perspective on communication and media, led by communications professor Max V. Grubb.
  • Haiti, service learning and civic engagement, led by social work professor Patricia Wagner.
  • Israel, criminal justice study, led by Patricia Wagner, chairwoman of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.
  • Israel, study and service, led by Nancy Wagner, chairwoman of Nursing.
  • Mexico, study and service, led by nursing professor Pamela Schuster.

The two trips to Israel are supported by a $20,000 grant from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation with matching funds from the Bitonte College.

There are also two domestic study trips planned for YSU’s spring break. Geology professor Ray Biersdorfer will take a group of students to New Mexico and marketing professor Ying Wang will take business and advertising students to New York City. And, later in the semester, a trip is planned for fashion merchandising students to England, led by human ecology professor Taci Turel.

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