STAIR graduates give presentations

From left are STAIR participants Emily Brown, Meghan Thatcher and Anna Marotti. They gave presentations about their study abroad experiences at an international relations conference.
From left are STAIR participants Emily Brown, Meghan Thatcher and Anna Marotti. They gave presentations about their study abroad experiences at an international relations conference.
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Three Grand Valley students who completed a dual-degree program at an European university gave presentations about their study abroad experiences at the Midwest International Studies Association conference in November.

Emily Brown, Meghan Thatcher and Anna Marotti participated in the STAIR (Studies in Trans-Atlantic International Relations) Project. They completed the dual-degree program at the Cracow University in Economics. Grand Valley has agreements with two European universities, CUE in Poland and the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Participants earn degrees from Grand Valley and the partner institution.

STAIR co-director Polly Diven, International Relations program coordinator, said the program, slated to end in 2013, is funded by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. It began in 2008 and allowed for a total 24 students from Grand Valley and 24 international students to participate.

Diven said there are three Hungarian and three Polish students studying on campus now. “They are all wonderful, and it really helps all the international relations students to have these students in our classes,” she said.