Fulbright scholars spark educational exchange
Rogalsky is part of a new collaborative partnership between Geneseo and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, where she is teaching "Gender and Development" in the geography and rural development department.
Her research focuses on how women in Kumasa and Accra cope in the informal economy in urban markets. She is collaborating with her new colleagues and students on the project.
"I expect to find that national policies such as the Ghana poverty reduction strategy, and growth and poverty reduction strategy are not ‘trickling down,'" says Rogalsky. "My findings could have policy implications to help women and their children address barriers to economic and educational success."
In a true exchange, the vice dean of the faculty of social science at KNUST, Eva Tagoe-Darko, is spending the 2009-2010 academic year at Geneseo in the geography department.
Last semester, Tagoe-Darko taught a course on maternal education and child health. In addition to teaching geography of Africa this spring, she is continuing research on identifying effective preventive health practices for children and adolescents.
"My experience here at Geneseo has been wonderful and I see this as the beginning of more collaboration between our institutions," said Tagoe-Darko. "There is great potential for more exchanges, not only with faculty but also students."
Rogalsky gives credit to the dean of Geneseo's School of Education, Osman Alawiye, for initiating the partnership between Geneseo and KNUST, which encouraged Rogalsky and Tagoe-Darko to apply for the Fulbright award. Livingston County officials also are pursuing trade opportunities with Ghana.
"This is a true academic and cultural exchange that will benefit students in Ghana and Geneseo," said Rogalsky. "I feel very honored and lucky to be a part of this program." This week, Daniel Buor, provost of the College of Arts and Sciences at KNUST, is at Geneseo discussing joint research interests and interest in student and faculty and staff exhcanges between Geneseo and KNUST.
IN OTHER NEWS
Myron (Ron) B. Shaw, associate professor emeritus of communication, died Feb. 13, 2010. He was 79. He was a member of the Geneseo faculty from 1964 to 1990. A service was held today, Wed., Feb. 17, at Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home in Livonia, followed by burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Geneseo.
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