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[JAN. 28, 2004]  Lincoln College has initiated a four-year cooperative program with the University for State and Pantanal Region Development, a private university located in central Brazil. The program will permit faculty and students from each school to visit the other institution to carry out workshops, seminars, joint research, conferences and other educational and cultural activities.

Lincoln College President Ron Schilling and Provost Tom Zurkammer receive the document formalizing the Lincoln College-UNIDERP agreement, as well as draft proposals for the initial exchange prospects, from Dr. Pamela Moriearty.

Dr. Pamela Moriearty, an associate professor at Lincoln College, is coordinator of the program. She recently returned from Brazil, where she obtained signatures from UNIDERP Rector Pedro Chaves dos Santos Filho and other university leaders to initiate the exchange agreement.

Plans currently under development between Lincoln College and the Brazilian university will permit an exchange of student groups for site visits. Students and faculty from Lincoln College will have the opportunity to study at UNIDERP's tropical ecology research station, while students from UNIDERP's tourism and agribusiness programs will visit Illinois to learn about historical tourism and advances in agricultural technology. Other educational and research exchanges will be developed to meet the interest of faculty and students at the two institutions.

Lincoln College President Ron Schilling is happy about the pending program. "This collaboration will give Lincoln College students the opportunity to gain an international understanding, and the UNIDERP students the advantage of learning about Abraham Lincoln and the rich American history that is abundant in Lincoln and central Illinois," he said.


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Moriearty agrees with President Schilling on the benefits of the exchange. "Our students will be exposed to a unique tropical setting that will give them insight into some of the leading problems that are affecting our ecology. Our tourism students will be able to learn from experts about the special demands of ecotourism and will obtain experience and knowledge to adequately prepare them for a growing trend in tourism."

UNIDERP has over 13,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to its main campus in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul State, UNIDERP has an agrarian sciences campus and farm, as well as a research station in the Pantanal wetlands region. The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetlands, with unique plant and animal populations currently threatened by economic activity in the area. UNIDERP's mission focuses on creating sustainable solutions for economic development of the region.

Dr. Moriearty, who speaks Portuguese, will participate in all exchange activities. She lived in Brazil for almost 10 years and has worked as either faculty or as a consultant at several Brazilian universities. In 2001 she spent six months as a Fulbright Fellow in that country. She will be offering a Lincoln College course on neotropical ecology, which will include credit for field study in the Pantanal.

[Lincoln College news release]

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