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CSU Students study and travel abroad

Dominique Waters studied and performed opera in Italy this summer

An incredible summer for CSU student Dominique Waters? Indeed! He had the opportunity to perform opera in Italy.

With assistance from CSU Professor Peter Keats, Mr. Waters auditioned for the 22nd annual summer pro- gram though The Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory of Music. He was “ab- solutely thrilled” to be selected as one of 80 young artists for the four-week program in Tuscany to culminate by performing in two operas in July: Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro.

But, Mr. Waters had an enormous roadblock. Expenses for the trip totaling over $6,000 were up to each student.

“I sent letters to administration, fac- ulty, staff and everyone I knew asking for contributions, and I was thrilled to receive the money needed,” he recalls.

He describes the Italy experience as “incredible” and will always remem- ber living in Italy, learning the cul- ture, and most of all, performing for packed opera houses. “The Italians love opera so much. Many even weep at the music,” he says.

Mr. Waters reports that he is extreme- ly grateful for the experience. “Other students said their parents paid for

Senior Dominique Waters sings at commencement last May.

their trip. I told everyone that my Central State family made my trip possible,” he says. “I was so proud!”

Dominique plans to pursue his master’s degree after graduating in the spring.

His goal is to be a professional opera singer—and a supportive CSU alumnus. “This university has done so much for me, I will give back.” Gaining business experience in Shanghai, China

Lee Ivey, a senior majoring in Business Administration studied for six weeks in China this past summer. Lee was a part of the University Study Abroad Con- sortium. His travels took him to Shanghai. The summer Shanghai program is ideal for students who are interested in studying the economic and business environment of China and East Asia.

A wonderful opportunity – Ghana West Africa

Six Central State st udents, as well as, 40 other students from around the country traveled to Ghana, West Africa for six weeks. While in Ghana the students earned seven credit hours in courses such as Politics of Africa, African Music and Dance, People and Culture of Africa, and the Twi language. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get an international education. This is really an experiential education as well. Any educator will tell you that most educational learning is DOING,” Humanities Department Chair Dr. Jahwara Giddings said.

The CSU students who traveled to Ghana are: April Joyce Malone, DeWayne Rivers Junior, Dwight Blueford, Kardene Joshua, Stephanie Wise, and Tianiece Boswell.


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