FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Two Birmingham-Southern
College professors have each received $2,000 curriculum grants from
the Associated Colleges of the South to establish a January 2004
Interim travel program to Peru designed to introduce students to
the importance of conserving rain forests, while using their Spanish-speaking
The grants will support Dr. Megan Peterson, assistant
biology professor, and Dr. Barbara Domcekova, assistant Spanish
professor, as they travel to Peru next summer to initiate an interdisciplinary
program that will combine environmental studies of the rain forest
with Spanish translation and interpretation.
The program is based on a partnership between
Birmingham-Southern and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education
and Research. ACEER is a U.S. and Peruvian nonprofit organization
founded in 1991 to promote knowledge, conservation, and stewardship
of rain forests.
Domcekova and Peterson will work with ACEER staff
members to create an Interim program that will provide students
with a better understanding of the importance of conserving rain
forests, help them utilize their Spanish-speaking skills, and teach
them about the activities of ACEER.
“The growing number of Spanish students
and the current emphasis at BSC on environmental studies led us
to consider developing a travel Interim to Peru,” said Domcekova.
“The group project will combine the interests of students
in Spanish, environmental studies, and Latin American studies courses.”
Interim is a four-week period each January that gives BSC students
an opportunity to develop their creative potential by exploring
topics of interest in the U.S. or overseas. The college offers several
group study-travel projects each year and students gain academic
credit for their experiences.
Associated Colleges of the South is a consortium
of 16 liberal arts colleges and universities in 12 Southern states
that work cooperatively to strengthen academic programs of the member
institutions and to promote to others the nature of a liberal arts
education and the vital role it plays in society.