PSU Educators Visit Russia Seeking Educational Exchange Program Opportunities

August 6th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
Three educators from Plymouth State journeyed to northwest Russia in June to attend the 425th anniversary of the city of Archangelsk as part of a formal science education delegation.

The group, invited by the Mayor and administrators of Archangel State Technical University, discussed developing a partnership between Plymouth State University and Archangel State Technical University to benefit faculty and students.

PSU Contingent Visits Russian Museum
Educators from Plymouth State University visiting Russia enjoy the sights of an open air museum at Malie Karely. From left to right, Dennis Marrotte (Sister City Committee Representative from Portland, ME); Mary Ann McGarry, PSU faculty member, Michelle Jutras, Campton teacher and Sam Miller, PSU faculty member. The group is working toward establishing a student exchange program between PSU and Archangel State Technical University.

Delegations members included Plymouth State University faculty members Sam Miller, assistant professor of meteorology, Mary Ann McGarry, associate professor of science education and Michelle Jutras, Campton Elementary School geography teacher and PSU alumna. They were joined by Dennis Marrotte, the group leader from a program in Portland, Maine promoting international exchange programs between Russia and New England.

McGarry said the exchange program would be valuable to PSU students in a variety of ways.

“PSU students will have a chance to learn about Russian culture, history, politics and discover common interests,” McGarry said. “If PSU students travel to Russia, they can in addition learn firsthand about geography, economics, and government in Russia.”

Sam Miller, accompanied by Marrotte, met with Leonid Vasiliev, the Regional Director of the Russian weather service, and was given tours of the regional forecast center in Archangelsk, and the Solovki Weather Station on the Solovetski Islands. Miller is seeking an internship for one of PSU’s meteorology undergraduates with the Russian weather service.

“This internship would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one of our meteorology majors, and give her/him a significantly broadened view of how operational meteorology is done in other parts of the world,” said Miller.

Jutras and McGarry toured Kenozero National Park, which contains over 200 lakes and includes the watershed divide between the Baltic and White Seas. In 2004, the Park received designation in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. McGarry was investigating options for student exchanges involving environmental service learning opportunities for PSU students.

This coming December, a Russian delegation of six, will visit the U.S., including a faculty member and recent graduate from Archangel State Technical University; Yuri Kudryashov, an administrator and history professor and Natasha Shangina, a Russian student who has studied the poetry of Robert Frost and Walt Whitman. They will visit the PSU campus, where Frost once taught and give guest lectures.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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