Students share experiences on Israel study trip

Pictured left to right in the front row are students Ashley Yungbluth and Nikolaos Pappas of Criminal Justice, and Jennifer Troutman and Jayden Dunn of Nursing. Standing left to right are YSU President Jim Tressel; Nancy Wagner, Nursing chair; Nate Myers, associate provost of International Programs; Patricia Wagner, chair of Criminal Justice; Andrew Lipkin, executive director of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation; Kim Ballone, professor of Nursing; Gon Erez, Israel Shaliach; and Mary Ann Cosentino, Nursing faculty.
Nursing and Criminal Justice faculty and students at Youngstown State University who participated in study trips to Israel earlier this spring met last week at the Jewish Community Center in Youngstown to talk about their experiences.

The Nursing and Criminal Justice trips to Israel were underwritten by a $20,000 grant from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, with matching funds from the Bitonte College.

Across all of YSU, 75 students and 13 faculty leaders travelled to six countries for study and service during spring break, including the Bahamas, Costa Rica, France, Haiti, Israel and Mexico.

“International travel and study is a priceless learning experience for our students,” said Joseph Mosca, dean of the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, who worked with faculty to coordinate several of the trips. “Not only are our students exposed to other cultures, but they are also able to learn about how health care and human services are delivered in in other countries.”