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LSU Alexandria students headed to Canada for academic exchange

Released: 03/14/2005

Five LSU Alexandria students will board an airplane for Canada on March 19 as part of the campus’ first exchange program.

The students and faculty adviser, Dr. Annette Olsen-Fazi, associate professor of English at LSU Alexandria, will spend a full week at Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a college in the province of Quebec. It is the second half of an exchange that began in March 2004 when 14 Canadian students from that school spent a week at LSU Alexandria. It also is the first time the university has participated in a reciprocal academic exchange.

While in Canada, the students will attend lectures and language classes and complete projects which are part of the English 2030 travel course they are taking this semester. The students also will tour museums and do some sightseeing. After their return, the students will make a presentation about the exchange.

Attending will be Eric Clark, Michelle Dupin, Frances Cole, Crystal Watkins and Michael Robertson.

“The student group is tremendously excited at the prospect of 10 days in Quebec and will keep travel diaries in both text and video format. Those travelogues will be shared with the LSUA campus and the community upon our return,” Olsen-Fazi said. “We’re hoping that our adventure will be so enriching and rewarding that many more students will have the opportunity to experience an academic visit to Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, our sister college, next year and in the years to come.”

The trip was funded by contributions to the university’s International Fund. Donations came from the community as well as from students, faculty and staff. Paragon Casino, for example, gave $1,000. Schnack’s Jewelry and Patton’s Jewelry each donated items for a raffle that brought in more money.

“It took a lot of hard work and determination on the part of the students to see this project through, not to mention considerable help from the LSUA faculty and administration,” Olsen-Fazi said. “Most of all we’re grateful to those members of the community such as Schnack’s, Patton’s and most especially Paragon Casino Resorts for their generous donations and enthusiastic support of international education.”

For more information, contact Olsen-Fazi at 318-427-4468 or