April 24, 2013
Saint Francis University students had the recent privilege of participating in a fifth-year anniversary celebration of the study abroad program in Ambialet, France. Joining in the celebratory open house were the 22 students currently studying in Ambialet. Three visiting professors Dr. Sue Morra, professor of biology; Chuck Olson, professor of art; and Marie Olson, instructor of French; along with Dr. Wayne Powel, provost, celebrated with the group.
Joining in the festivities, led by Executive Director Tim Perkins, who has directed the project since its inception, were local staff and more than 300 regional supporters of le Prieuré d’Ambialet, the name of the restored monastery where Saint Francis students study and stay. The students celebrated with the town’s residents, greeted visitors, and explained academic programs. Mayors from nearby villages and regional dignitaries were among those who came to see the remarkable transition of the once-decrepit monastery.
Friends and alumni of Saint Francis are proud of the Ambialet site. Since the program’s inception more than 200 students have embarked on the life-changing program and called Ambialet home for at least a semester. Visit http://francis.edu/semester-in-france/ to learn more about the Ambialet program at Saint Francis.