February 24, 2003
Friends World Student Goes Global-And You're Invited
Website Follows Abbey Levine from Southampton to Japan
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Southampton, NY- Abbey Levine has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Making a six-week journey of the Friends World sites in as many countries, she is gathering information for her thesis. And now people are invited to follow Abbey on her adventure-on the web.
The Southampton College News site will update the weekly journal, "Where in the World is Abbey?" as she tours the globe. The address for the website is www.southampton.liu.edu/news/.
Her journey began in Costa Rica three weeks ago, and after leaving from Friends World's home base at Southampton College last week, she is off to England, Turkey, India, China and Japan, spending two weeks at each site. At each location, Levine plans to discover what the Friends World model and mission statement mean to the local people involved in the program. "Specifically," she states on her upcoming website about the trip, "I am studying the process of student assessment and how it reflects the model and mission of the Friends World program." The purpose of this study is to examine how each culture assimilates the mission and model and make it uniquely their own.
Travel is nothing new to Levine, a native of San Francisco, California. Not only did she travel cross-country to begin her college career with the Friends World Program at Southampton College, but much of her subsequent semesters were spent abroad.
"My second year I spent with the Comparative Religion and Culture Program, studying in Taiwan, India, and Turkey for 10 weeks each, having the time of my life. This past semester I was at the Latin American Center in Costa Rica, focusing my studies on educational theories and practices."
"Abbey epitomizes the true spirit of adventure that Friends World nurtures in its students," said Robert Glass, dean of Friends World. "Our program is uniquely designed to prepare students for challenges that cross both borders and cultures, while providing them with the skills and knowledge to address pressing social issues."
The Friends World program requires classroom study, immersion language training and independent fieldwork in at least two foreign cultures. Under faculty guidance, students develop skills and competencies in a major academic field by combining research, hands-on experience and analytical writing.
Founded by the Quakers in 1965, Friends World became nonsectarian in the mid-1970s. In the 1991-92 academic year, Friends World affiliated with Long Island University and received full accreditation by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is currently based at Long Island University's Southampton College. Friends World has centers in the United States, China, Costa Rica, England, India, and Japan