SOC Professors lead a Study Away Trip to the Big Apple

By Lindsay Miller

Professor Michael Meindl and Dr. Sandra French’s brand new Maymester study away class will take students to New York City.

Radford University gives students many study abroad and study away opportunities through a number of programs led by faculty. In the School of Communication, these include, Dr. Matthew Smith, SOC director, taking students to Comic Con in San Diego to Dr. Matthew Turner taking students on a trip to England.

Meindl and French’s course called “Communication and Media Studies in the Big Apple” will have students travel to New York on May 20, 2018, and spend five days witnessing and learning the unique nature of communication between people in a city setting. 

“Dr. French and I started talking last year about giving students an opportunity to learn away from Radford that did not involve the time and financial commitment of an international study abroad program,” said Meindl.

The students will be able to meet and interact with communications and media professionals and then use those experiences to create an online presentation related to their experiences in New York City. During their five day trip, the students will keep a written or video log of their time in the Big Apple. 

Eric Viani, the Radford University Study Abroad Advisor, said, “Students will visit advertising, public relations and digital media firms to learn how communication theory is put to practice.” While in the city, the students will be able to visit places like the Museum of the Moving Image, the 5W Public Relations firm, the 9/11 Memorial, the New York Public Library, the Natural History Museum and more. 

“I hope that students come away seeing that there is a lot of variety in terms of what they can do with a communications degree and that students from Radford can succeed in any environment, including a place like the Big Apple,” said Meindl.

This program was open to students of all majors as long as they were a sophomore, junior or senior. Although the application deadline for this trip was on Oct. 31, 2017, Radford University always offers different study abroad and study away programs each year. For anyone interested in going on a study abroad or study away trip the application can be found on the International Education Center website

IEC Staff photo

International Education Center Staff (L-R): Eric Viani, Study Abroad Advisor; Lori Roop, Program Support Specialist; Dr. Paul Currant, Director; Teresa King, Assistant Director

Nov 9, 2017
School of Communication