Mary Immaculate College Student is Honoured at Frostburg State University, USA
“MIC students prove once again that they can excel across the world, demonstrating the high calibre of both our students and of the excellent teaching provided at Mary Immaculate College” according to Prof. Teresa O’Doherty, Dean of Education at MIC. Prof. Doherty was congratulating 3rd year B.Ed student, Aoife Dolan from Galway, who was recently named to the Dean’s list at Frostburg State University (FSU) in the USA for outstanding academic achievement in the Autumn semester 2014.
Aoife was studying at FSU as part of the International Placement on MIC’s 4-year B.Ed (Primary Teaching) programme whereby students are encouraged to spend a semester in another country so that they can experience and understand the education systems and policies of other countries.
According to Dr. Clarence Golden, Dean of the College of Education at FSU, only those students who have earned a superior grade point average of at least 3.40 for the past semester are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List. He congratulated Aoife on her success saying “Especially noteworthy is your achievement of a 4.0 grade point average. I congratulate you for earning this mark of distinction and wish you continued success”.
Speaking on her time in the US Aoife said “When the opportunity arose to travel abroad to study for one of the semesters as part of the new four year B.ED programme I looked on it as an opportunity to broaden my horizons. It was a very fulfilling experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. The broad range of activities, some of which were new to me gave me a unique insight into studying in an alternative, multicultural environment”.
During her time abroad used the opportunity to learn how to play field hockey and was as she says “lucky enough to be elevated to a first team position which involved travel to other cities and colleges throughout the East coast of the United States to compete in a very competitive league”.
Concluding she said “I met people from several countries whom I shared four months of various activities and experiences with that will be a precious asset to me for the rest of my life”.
The International Placement on the B.Ed programme affords students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills, in addition to making full use of the consequent opportunities for further travel, thereby fostering adaptability and a global outlook to enable them to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world of work. Students can study abroad at one of MIC’s partner universities in an EU state such as Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Host universities in the USA currently include Frostburg State University; De Sales University in Pennsylvania; Merrimack College, Massachusetts; Gannon University in Pennsylvania; Gwynedd Mercy University, Pennsylvania; West Chester University, Pennsylvania; Regis University in Denver; Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York; Niagara University in Buffalo, New York; Salve Regina University, Rhode Island and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
Further information on the B.Ed programme in Mary Immaculate College available here.
Prof. Teresa O'Doherty, Dean of Education, MIC with Aoife Dolan who was recently named to the Dean's List at Frostburg State University