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  Avila students study abroad in the Bahamas    
  Kansas City, MO    
May 15, 2009

Avila University students will travel abroad to learn about the culture and nature of the Bahamas.

Taking part in the course are 28 Avila students from 17 different degree programs. These students, from 20 different hometowns, will come together for the chance to study internationally at the Gerace Research Centre on the island of San Salvador.

Throughout the 8-day course, students will take part in an archeological dig, snorkeling, terrestrial fieldwork, coral reef fieldwork and even have class on the beach. The students will have free time to interact with the locals and also attend a church service. In the course of their trip, the students will complete two major research projects – one involving marine life and the other involving terrestrial life.

Leading them on their trip will be Professor of Sociology David Wissmann, Ph.D., and Professor of Biology Robert Powell, Ph.D. The duo have led multiple culture and nature courses, but this will be their first experience traveling to San Salvador.

This trip will be unique because of the communication technology. By visiting the course Web site, anyone can view student bios, find information on the research centre and read live updates from the students. With a separate blog for each day, students will be able to share their experiences, including pictures, with their friends and family back home throughout their trip.

For more information and to follow the students on their trip, visit


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.