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MWSU Foundation Helps Fund Study Abroad

students in AthensStudent Daniel Cobb believes his resumè got a real boost when he presented his research at a conference in Athens, Greece. He and other Missouri Western students were some of the few undergraduate groups who were selected to present at the international conference in Athens, Greece, thanks to funding from the Missouri Western State University Foundation.

The students were part of a group of six convergent media majors and 16 public relations majors who traveled throughout Europe last May, presenting at conferences in Athens, Malta, and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dr. Robert Bergland, professor of journalism, accompanied the convergent media students and Dr. Christopher Bond, associate professor of communication, accompanied the public relations students. The students received funds from the Foundation's Student Excellence Fund, which supports student presentations at conferences.

The two groups of students traveled together to Athens and London until the convergent media students headed to their conference in Dubrovnik and the public relations students headed to Malta for theirs. Other destinations along the way included Venice, Rome, Dublin and Mendrisio, Switzerland, depending on the group.

"The highlight for me was seeing my students present at conferences, seeing the fruition of their work," Dr. Bergland said. "The quality of their presentations and the quality of their research were on par with the other presentations at the conferences." 

"Being able to present there was fantastic," Cobb said of the Athens conference. "It's a wonderful thing to put on my resumè that I presented overseas. I think everyone should travel outside their own country for the cultural experience."

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