Study Abroad Spring Break 2013 in Moldova

Spring Break in Moldova

After much work on the logistics and course design, I am pleased to report that students may now apply for the USFSP in Moldova course for Spring Break 2013!

I hope students will learn more about the course and to apply for the program!

My colleague from the Universitatea Libera Internationala din Moldova, Larisa Patlis (who is at USFSP this semester conducting research as a Carnegie Fellow) will be making a presentation about the history and culture of Moldova, and I will answer questions about the Study Abroad course at an event on campus. So the session is part presentation about Moldova’s history and culture and part about the study Abroad course specifically (information session). 

Please join us Friday, October 26th @ 10:00 am in Davis Hall 236! All are welcome to attend — faculty, staff, students, and the public.

Please also have a look at my Moldova blog.

Larisa Patlis and Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan

Welcome to USFSP, Carnegie Fellow Larisa Patlis!

I am so delighted that Larisa Patlis, my colleague from the Universitatea Libera Internationala din Moldova, the Free University of Moldova (the university in Chisinau, Moldova where I taught while a Fulbright Scholar), is working with me at USFSP this Fall 2012 semester as a Carnegie Fellow!

As Larisa explains, her research project, Devolutionary Trends in the Republic of Moldova: the Case of Gagauz Yeri, “explores the origins of devolution in the Republic of Moldova, defining challenges to the unitary system and analyzing difficulties and opportunities that Moldova encounters with its territory’s integrity.”

More to come on the blog about our collaboration and about Larisa’s activities on campus. You can also read her blog.

For now, let me just say

добро пожаловать
Bine ai venit

Map of Moldova

Returning Fulbright Award

I was awarded a returning Fulbright grant and will be heading back to Moldova in July and August. I will be working on a research project about the impact of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on legal and constitutional reform in Moldova.

I will also be making preparations for my Spring 2013 Alternative Spring Break Study Abroad Course. (I will be bringing students to Moldova for a comparative politics course studying the history, government, and politics of the Republic of Moldova.)

Flag of Moldova

Flag of Moldova

I am bringing my 7-year-old daughter with me, and she has projects in Moldova as well.

She is working on 2 community service projects in Moldova (one with Casa Gavroche in Chisinau and the other with a Peace Corps Volunteer in Telenesti) for her upcoming 2nd grade Gifted Kids Care assignment.

Coat of Arms of Moldova

Coat of Arms of Moldova

I am making progress on the logistics for the trip — airfare booked, housing secured, summer camp arrangements made, conversational Romanian and Russian lessons taken during drive time, packing…. (One pleasant surprise re: logistics for this 2012 trip is that the CDC recommendations for travelers to Moldova have changed. We don’t need any vaccines this time!)

We are looking forward to our new adventures. Wish us a “Drum Bun”!

You can follow along on our Moldova blog: