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University Relations
800 Hotz Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

FAX 479.575.4745


FOR RELEASE: Monday, September 18, 2006

Lunch Program Focuses on Belize Course, Trip

University of Arkansas students interested in an international service learning project in Belize can learn more at the Research in Progress Seminar from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in 523 Old Main.

Nilda Burgos, associate professor in the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; Kameri Christy-McMullin, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; and Tom Soerens, associate professor in the College of Engineering, will discuss their roles in the project. It includes a three-credit-hour course to be taken in the spring followed by a trip to work in Belize during the first summer session. Faculty members in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the College of Education and Health Professions and other departments of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences are also part of the team that will teach the spring course and accompany students to Belize.

Lunch will be provided. Additional information may be found at http://policy.uark.edu/ritter/rip_home.html. Gary Ritter, associate professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, organizes the research seminars sponsored by the college and the public policy Ph.D. program. He will also be a part of the Belize project faculty team.

Burgos will present "Alleviating Hunger and Boosting Education Through a Community School Garden." Soerens will give a general presentation on water and sanitation issues with a brief overview of the Belize project. Christy-McMullin will present "Increasing Social Work Services in Belize" to include the social work philosophy of working with community partners, needs identified in Belize and possible projects students might implement.

For more information, contact Heidi Stambuck at 575-3138 or stambuck@uark.edu.