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SPRING 2020 BAHAMAS


A third group traveled to the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas to conduct geology field research with Professor Diana Boyer. The students studied the variation in coastal environments, such as the changing shape of beaches, the size of individual grains of sand, and identification of fauna and sedimentary structures.


They learned about the island from many perspectives: they compared faunas of today’s ocean with fossils from 125,000 years ago, when sea levels were higher; and they studied human impact, such as micro plastics, on the oceans.


They also visited one of the oldest operational mercury lighthouses in the Caribbean.


“We learned about indigenous people of the island and discussed the life history of Christopher Columbus and the evidence that supports his first


COSTA RICA


A fourth group learned about coffee, chocolate and craft beer in Costa Rica. The students learned how small businesses operate, took a rafting trip and visited a cacao plantation and a hot springs in the Central American country.


Faculty members were Celeste Tiller and Stephanie Lawson of the College of Business Administration. “This international experience opened my eyes to how businesses work outside of the United States. Additionally, I was able to learn how other countries are practicing sustainable economic practices to better their and future-generations’ lives,” said senior Zach Heustess. “From this trip I now have an international perspective on how the world operates outside of Rock Hill.”


For more information on how to support international studies for Winthrop students, please contact the Division of University Advancement at 800/801-1083 or giving@winthrop.edu. Online giving is available at www.winthrop.edu/give.


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landfall in the Americas on San Salvador,” Boyer said. “We hiked into the thick vegetation to explore the loyalist ruins and investigated why the geology and soil of this island are completely wrong for the type of plantation farming that was attempted in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.”


“This international experience opened my eyes to how businesses work outside of the United States.”


- senior Zach Heustess


LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM


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