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Spring Break in Barcelona, part V

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Steve Reed, Cottey's director of public information, traveled in Barcelona, Spain, with Cottey students, faculty and staff over spring break. He reported back with a series of articles written as letters home to his mother. This is the fifth of five letters.
Buenos Dias, Mama!
It is our last day in Barcelona, and there is still so much I want to do. There is not enough time for it all.
Today is a free day, and everyone is able to choose what they will do today before our farewell dinner this evening. Priscilla and some students are going to visit an amusement park on Tibideo (the mountain-more like a very big hill-just up from our hotel). A group of students are going for a boat tour on the Mediterranean; and many others are out to enjoy some time at the beach and shopping. My goals for the day are to see the Picasso Museum in the morning, join a couple of colleagues for lunch at a craft brewery, and perhaps visit Casa Mila, one of the Guadi-designed houses, this afternoon. Of cours…

Seniors Remember their Four Years at Cottey

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By Kidest Ketema, Class of 2019 Marketing Department Intern
The Class of 2019 eagerly awaits walking across the stage at Commencement on Sunday! After studying four years in classes, pulling all-nighters for exams, and spending hours to finish a 15-page paper, we should be proud of everything we have accomplished and will accomplish in the next chapter of our lives. After all of this hard work, every student has a story to share about what led them to the degree they are earning. In light of that, we introduce you to two outstanding 2019 Cottey graduates.
Melanie Dillon of Kent, Washington, is earning her bachelor of science degree in biology. Melanie has accomplished much at her time at Cottey. She is involved in the Student Government Association (SGA) and served as president two-and-a-half years and treasurer one year. Melanie won the SGA leadership award in 2016 and 2017. She was recognized as Freshman of the Year, a scholar-athlete on the volleyball team, and a top 10 GPA associate…

Spring Break in Barcelona, part IV

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Steve Reed, Cottey's director of public information, traveled in Barcelona, Spain, with Cottey students, faculty and staff over spring break. He reported back with a series of articles written as letters home to his mother. This is the fourth of five letters.
Buenos Dias, Mama!
I cannot believe it is already Friday. It will be a busy day today. Mari Anne and I are tagging along with Priscilla and Tammy on their module: The Camp Nou (pronounced new) Experience. Camp Nou is the stadium of the world-famous soccer team FCB, which stands for Futbol Club Barcelona. Imagine the success and popularity of the New York Yankees in baseball or the New England Patriots in American football. Now add them together and double it and you have an idea of how popular this team is around the world. Going to Camp Nou is like going to the Mecca of European soccer. It is also the second-largest soccer stadium in the world with seats for 99,000 fans. It's hard to imagine that many people in one buildi…

How One International Relations Alumna is Changing the World

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by Dr. Kanji Watanabe
Su Bin “Alison” Park, who graduated from Cottey in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Business, is on track to be the first Cottey baccalaureate program graduate to earn her Ph.D. She is a native of South Korea. “Learning international relations theories and examples at Cottey enabled me to gain a holistic understanding of global affairs from political, economic, social and cultural aspects,” said Alison. “Moreover, I developed skills to analyze complex international issues, and I became passionate about issues of poverty and inequality.”
Given her interests in alleviating social problems, Alison moved to Kansas City after she graduated from Cottey and participated in several programs at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, the Kansas City Health Department, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), which all serve disadvantaged communities and work to reduce health inequity.
Alison worked for the Kansas City Health De…

Spring Break in Barcelona, part III

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Steve Reed, Cottey's director of public information, traveled in Barcelona, Spain, with Cottey students, faculty and staff over spring break. He reported back with a series of articles written as letters home to his mother. This is the third of five letters.
Buenos dias, Mama! It is a beautiful morning in Barcelona, and today our entire group is going to visit the monastery at Montserrat. It's about 25 miles from Barcelona, but the twisty mountain roads the last few miles make it close to an hour-long bus ride. Fortunately we had an informative and entertaining tour guide named Angel (Angel is a man, and you pronounce his name Ahn-hel) who made the bus ride seem shorter.

Montserrat literally means "serrated mountain" and looking at it from a distance you can definitely see the saw tooth shape of this elongated peak. This location has been the site of a Benedictine monastery since the 11th Century, although the current facilities aren't that old.
Departing the bus, w…

Spring Break in Barcelona, part II

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Steve Reed, Cottey's director of public information, traveled in Barcelona, Spain, with Cottey students, faculty and staff over spring break. He reported back with a series of articles written as letters home to his mother. This is the second of five letters.
Buenos dias, Mama! Today is another busy day in Barcelona. This afternoon I helped bury the sardine for Lent. I'll back up in just a bit and work through the sardine business. Let's start with this morning, our first day of educational modules. Mine didn't begin until 11:30, so that gave me a little bit more time in bed this morning, and a couple of hours to take care of some work.
At 11:30, Priscilla and I met most of our students in the lobby of the hotel to leave for our module. Three others were already out and about in the city and were going to meet us. We traveled to Plaça Cataluña and crossed onto La Rambla.I stopped to show the students the Fontain de Canellones, a big ornate drinking fountain that is said …