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On December 14, Kristina Arnold, Associate Professor in the Department of Art, delivers the opening remarks at the David Coffey & Faces of Ecuador reception. This event marks the end of a semester long academic project by students in Arnold’s Gallery Studies course.

On Tuesday, November 17 of International Education Week, ZSEIFS Ecuador alumni spent the day educating students about Ecuador with an interactive Get Smart About Ecuador – Fun & Facts display. Pictured here, Dr. Ginny Pfohl, Transitional Retiree in Psychology, quizzes students on their knowledge of Ecuador.

Sandra Fernández, visiting artist and Assistant Professor from the University of Texas at Austin, discussing her exhibition On Migrations, Dreams and Dreamers. Fernández’s artwork will be featured in the FAC Main Gallery through September 26th.

Neil Purcell (Broadcasting, May 2015) accompanied WKU’s inaugural Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS) to Ecuador and captured the experiences of the eight faculty participants. Click here to view his video and learn more about the ZSEIFS. Photo by Neil Purcell



International Year Of ... (IYO)


 The International Year Of ... program is intended to provide the WKU campus and surrounding community with a rich, complex sense of place and interconnectedness through a year-long celebration and emphasis on a single region/country. Exploration of and interaction with the country/region will occur in multiple ways—including, but not limited to:

  • enhanced course work
  • co-curricular activities
  • research projects
  • education abroad program offerings
  • visiting scholars and specialists
  • new institutional partnerships


International Year Of Ecuador 2014-2015

Ecuador has been selected as our inaugural country of focus for 2014-2015. Kentucky and, more specifically, WKU have a number of ties to Ecuador that made this selection an obvious one.  Kentucky and Ecuador are connected through a similarly named partnership, Kentucky Ecuador Partners.  WKU has multiple programs going on in Ecuador, including student teacher and student exchange programs in Quito, as well as a faculty-led study abroad program centering on agriculture and sustainable development issues.



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