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Romanian Professor to Visit River Falls

MARCH 27, 2009 | A professor of management from Polytechnic University of Bucharest in Romania will be a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls during early April.

Dan Ardelea will arrive with his wife, Floricel, on April 4 and will be at UWRF until April 13. Ardelea will make a public presentation to the university and community on Friday, April 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 321 of South Hall.

During classroom visits and his public presentation, he will discuss economic changes in Romania over the past years as the country evolved from a communist dictatorship to become a part of the European Union and a free market society. He will also talk about other changes in Romania and possible study exchange programs between UWRF and Romania.            

Darryl Miller, a professor of management and marketing at UWRF first met Ardelea on a trip to Romania in 2005. The trip was to conduct research on the development and evolution of the advertising industry inside of Romania after the fall of communism, said Miller. Ardelea helped Miller and a colleague set up appointments to speak with advertising agency executives for the research.

During his time here, Ardelea will speak with a number of different classes in the economics, marketing, international studies, agricultural science, and political science areas to discuss different topics and relate them to Romania.

"His appearance in various classes will help bring students up to speed on how Romania has transitioned from a communist dictatorship in Europe to being a member of the European Union," Miller said.

Ardelea, who has numerous professional publications to his credit, also works with Romania's National Center for Sustainable Development and also will meet with Kelly Cain, who is a UWRF professor of environmental science and director at the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development. He also works for the Romanian government as a personal counselor for the minister of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Another purpose of Ardelea's visit is to discuss possible study exchange options between UWRF and Romania. "We are going to discuss a wide range of things, including study tours, student exchanges, potential international internships, faculty research collaboration or possibly faculty visits," Miller said. "If we are lucky in developing some of these exchange relationships...it could give faculty and students the opportunity to visit Romania and potentially give Romanian students and faculty the opportunity to come here."


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