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UW-RF Launches Project Bolivia
APRIL 21, 2006--University of Wisconsin-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz
and M. Damon Nolan (below), director of Unidad Academica Campesina-Carmen Pampa
of Bolivia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding April 19 to formally
launch a cultural and academic exchange program between the two universities.
As the pair signed the agreement to explore future partnerships, they
also exchanged gifts; Nolan gave Betz a charango, a guitar-like stringed
instrument hand-carved and decorated in mother-of-pearl by one of the
students at UAC-CP. Betz gifted Nolan with a new resident goat for the
UAC-CP Goat Project, an initiative that employs 18 university students
and helps supply milk to several dozen neighborhood schoolchildren. The
goat was on loan from Judy Moses and Larry Jacoby of the Shepherd Song
Farm in Downing, Wis., and the real goat will be purchased in Bolivia.
Known as Project Bolivia, the partnership has been active informally for
more than a year, according to UW-RF speech instructor Pat Hanson, who
has coordinated the effort. Faculty and administrators have visited each
other’s campuses in 2005 and 2006.
UAC-CP offers degrees in five fields: agriculture, veterinary medicine,
nursing, teacher training and eco-tourism. It also has institutional partnerships
with South Dakota State University and the College of St. Catherine. UAC-CP
has been designated by the United Nations as one of the seven most effective
initiatives to eradicate poverty along with a $1 million grant to assist
UAC-CP’s greatest need is for the Teaching of English as a Second
Language, and two 2005 UW-RF graduates, Diana O’Brien and Danielle
Lang, have been teaching English at UAC-CP since February.
UAC-CP faculty and administrators are excited about opportunities with
UW-RF’s online Graduate Certificate Program in Wildlife Recreation
among other UW-RF programs.
At the reception, student Nicole Bee, a freshman music education major
from Arkansaw, Wis., performed Latin American music on a Bolivian recorder
purchased on a recent exchange trip.
Thursday, 22-Apr-2010 16:07:20 Central Daylight Time