Featuring Alissa Hof Alissa Hof ’17 has returned home from Fall’15 study abroad at University of Limerick in beautiful Ireland. While at Limerick, Alissa studied Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Marketing Communications, and even some Irish Traditional Music. Classes were split into lectures and tutorials with lectures often having more than a hundred students in them. Finals counted very heavily as there were fewer smaller assignments throughout the semester. As for accommodations, Alissa shared a townhouse with 7 other American students but met and made friends with students from France, Germany, and Canada. Her sightseeing trips included visits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, Cork, and Galway. Alissa had a wonderful experience and claims she actually experienced more culture shock upon her return home as she had embraced and learned to love the Irish culture. Alissa’s advice to students – “Just go – make it work. It was one of the best experiences of my life”
In July, 2015, Dr. Jeremy Houska, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment/Assistant Professor of Psychology at Centenary College, represented Centenary’s School of International Programs at Webster University’s International Network of Schools four day site visit and conference. Webster University Athens Study Abroad Program has been rated the top program in Greece and ranks very high in worldwide study abroad programs as well. Dr. Houska noted the curriculum is very impressive especially for Sports Management majors as the coach of the Greek National Baseball Team is on the faculty. The curriculum also offers amazing opportunities for History majors with topics in Ancient Greek Society and Culture and for those studying International Politics. There is an abundance of excursions and activities included as part of the curriculum including visits to the Acropolis, Sparta, and the Greek Islands where Dr. Houska was able to spend some time. Dr. Houska studied abroad in Athens during his junior year of college while attending the University of LaVerne in California. In November, during International Education Week, Dr. Houska gave a presentation to the College community on his trip to Greece and the Webster conference, and shared pictures of the many historical and cultural places he visited. Webster University’s home campus is in Saint Louis, Missouri and has international campuses in Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Ghana, and Greece. Centenary students may study abroad for Fall or Spring semesters or may do a four week summer session. There are also travel scholarships available for qualifying applicants. The application deadline for Summer 2016 is February 15th. For more information regarding the Webster – Athens, Greece study abroad program or any of our other study abroad opportunities please visit our website; http://sip.centenarycollege.edu or contact Ms. Trish Mahaffey at email@example.com.
Centenary College held its 140th May Commencement at 1 p.m., on May 16, on the front lawn of the Edward W. Seay Administration Building. Koko Tanimoto Kondo '66, one of the youngest Hiroshima A-bomb survivors and an internationally recognized peace advocate, was this year's keynote speaker, addressing Centenary's 429 graduates.
Kondo's life message of peace and reconciliation provides a powerful and inspiring message about bringing healing to one's self and to the world. She was born Koko Tanimoto in November 1944. At the moment the bomb was dropped at 8:16 a.m., on Aug. 6, 1945, she was an eight-month-old infant at a home less than one mile away from the hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, the first of two atomic bombs used during World War II.
As a child, Kondo was heavily influenced by her father, the Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto. He was instrumental in helping rebuild the city and promoting a message of peace. On May 11, 1955, Kondo and her father appeared on the popular television program "This is Your Life," where they met Capt. Robert A. Lewis, the co-pilot of Enola Gay, the B-29 aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. From that experience she learned to embrace the enormous contradictions and paradoxes of her hibakusha experiences, which roughly translates to "explosion-affected people," and now exudes an affirmative energy and compassion that inspires young and old alike.
Kondo received her Associate in Arts degree from Centenary College in 1966, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in 1969.