(July 18, 2012)

Students learn traditional song, dance in Australia

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary students along with Frost School of Business Professor Barbara Davis and Assistant Dean of Business Outreach Lea Stroud traveled to Australia for 2012 May Module. The group explored the history, culture, and social environment of the country, which was originally inhabited by native indigenous peoples and convict settlements. Much of their time was spent at a native school.

"The students are simply amazing," said senior Austin Rinehart. "From the moment they entered the room, I knew the experience I would have that day would be totally different from my perception of how I thought it would go."

The Australian students taught the Centenary group about the history and culture of the aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. The session concluded with everyone engaging in traditional dances and songs while one student played the didgeridoo. For Rinehart, the experience was the highlight of the trip:

"I will never forget this experience. It was a unique opportunity for us to explore first hand the culture we came to study."

The professors chose Australia as a May Module destination due to its significant impact on global economy and business. With an economy that was formerly based on agriculture, Australia has since established itself in diverse international markets.

May Module is a month-long set of immersive courses available in a variety of academic areas. By participating in a May Module, Centenary students fulfill their requirements for Trek, an innovative program through which all Centenary students participate in experiential learning by exploring opportunities in the areas of career, culture, and community.