AUM students head to Korea as part of cultural program
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AUM students head to Korea as part of cultural program

From left: Jay King, Shari Thomas and
Ashai Faulkner

While most of campus will spend this week humming “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” a group of AUM students will be rocking it Gangnam style in Ulsan, South Korea, as part of a month-long cultural immersion program hosted by the University of Ulsan.

Jay King, Shari Thomas and Ashai Faulkner arrived in Korea on Sunday, joining college students from across the globe who are taking part in the Ulsan International Program sponsored by the Korean government.

The main focus of the program is to introduce participants to the tradition and industrialization of Korea – exploring the country’s rich history and cutting-edge present. They will visit a wide variety of historical and cultural sites across Korea – including camping out in a temple, visiting the world headquarters for Hyundai Heavy Industries, and touring the Presidential Palace.

Participants include:

Ashai Faulkner – a junior majoring in sociology/anthropology, Faulkner graduated from Montgomery’s Lanier High School in 2011. A native of Tuskegee, Ala., she studied abroad in Taiwan as a teen.

Jay King – a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on international relations, King is the IT Bureau commander for the Montgomery Police Department. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public safety from AUM and plans to pursue a Ph.D. through AUM and Auburn University’s joint program in public administration. Born on Maxwell Air Force base, King served in the Alabama Army National Guard for seven years as a military police officer. He has travelled abroad extensively – including visits to Panama, Honduras, Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland, England, China, Costa Rica, Canada and the Bahamas.

Shari Thomas – a junior majoring in fine arts, Thomas graduated from Valley High School in Valley, Ala., in 2009. This trip is her first outside the U.S.

Although the students arrived in Korea just yesterday, they have already sent positive reports back to campus. Thomas said, “Thank you to everyone that supported me and allowed me to participate in my AUM Study Abroad program. I am and will continue to be very grateful.”

In addition to sending students to Korea, AUM’s exchange agreement with Ulsan has arranged for three Korean students to study abroad on AUM’s campus in the fall.

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July 1, 2013


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