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PITTSBURGH, April 10, 2013 – A group of 10 students enrolled in La Roche College’s Sports and Entertainment Marketing course accepted an honor presented by the Lord Mayor of Kerry County in Ireland, during a recent study abroad trip. The travel course was offered through La Roche’s Study Abroad+Study USA (SA+SUSA) program, which provides students with the opportunity to study abroad or domestically at little or no cost.

Students met with the Kerry County Council to learn more about the district’s progress, major industries and sports marketing, as well as its issues and concerns. Lord Mayor Terry O’Brien and County Manager Tom Curran presented the students with a stained glass sculpture to commemorate their visit to Kerry County and to symbolize the special relationship between Ireland and the United States. The commemorative sculpture was created by Mary J. Leen, an artist in Caherleaheen, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.

La Roche Professor Jean Forti, Ph.D., who instructed the Sports and Entertainment Marketing course, said representatives from the Kerry County Council related their presentation to La Roche’s commitment to fostering peace in a global society.

“The council researched La Roche and what the College does in terms of peace and justice, then connected that to what they do,” Dr. Forti said. “They presented our students with a beautiful, stained glass original piece, chocolates and lapel pins. The students were all very touched by it. The Lord Mayor, the county manager and his staff at the Kerry County Council could not have been more generous toward our students. The sculpture was a gesture of goodwill toward La Roche, and on a broader landscape, the United States.”

La Roche seeks to provide all students with an intercultural experience before they graduate. SA+SUSA is included with tuition and offers students a unique opportunity to broaden their horizons and marketability in an ever-expanding global workplace. After completing 60 La Roche credits and meeting all eligibility requirements, students may apply for an international or domestic travel course. Since SA+SUSA is a value-added component of a La Roche education, students are only responsible for incidentals, passport costs, visas and spending money.

“We’re not looking for students to only apply these travel experiences academically; their growth as individuals is just as important, ” said Nicole Kubit, La Roche College’s study abroad coordinator.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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