Seven students and one faculty member from Catawba College are spending fall semester studying abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. The "across the pond" experience is thanks to a partnership agreement that Catawba has forged with the University of Evansville.
The Catawba students in Harlaxton include Rebecca Chinnis of Charlotte; Kevin Flebbe of Vineland, N.J., Katie Hill of Fayetteville; Amber Hughes of Seattle, Wash.; Amanda Lederer of Bradenton, Fla.; Vanessa Malanga of Rutherfordton; and Kali McCullough of Columbia, Tenn. Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba’s writer-in-residence and professor of English, is the faculty member teaching at Harlaxton this fall.
The partnership agreement provides for Catawba faculty to participate in the operation of Harlaxton College and for Catawba students to study there, according to Dr. Kurt Corriher, director of Catawba’s Center for International Studies. The University of Evansville, along with other contractual partners like Catawba College, has operated Harlaxton College continuously since 1971. The campus is located 110 miles north of London outside the Midlands’ market town of Grantham. Approximately 165 American college students, sophomores through seniors, attend Harlaxton each semester.
According to a recent report from Dr. Fuller, "the Catawba contingent is making quite a mark at Harlaxton." She noted that Amber Hughes was chosen for one of eight RA positions; Katie Hill was elected SGA vice president, and Kevin Flebbe was elected student representative to the Faculty Council. Dr. Fuller was elected representative of non-University of Evansville faculty to the Faculty Council.
Several of the Catawba students in Harlaxton have agreed to share their experiences through blogs which will be posted on Catawba’s website. These students include Kali McCullough, a French major with a double minor in Spanish and English, and Vanessa Malanga, a musical theatre major who intends to minor in English.