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International business students to visit Croatia, Vienna, Wales

Mike Winegeart
For immediate release
March 3, 2005

Students in Abilene Christian University's International Business Society will explore connections for ACU and the College of Business Administration in three European countries – Croatia, Vienna and Wales – during Spring Break.

The exploratory nature of their trip has been dubbed a "trade mission," said Michael Winegeart, assistant professor of marketing and IBS sponsor.

"Missionaries in those areas have asked us to send people there to do seminars on Christian business ethics," Winegeart said. "We realized we have students who would benefit from this international experience and could help establish connections there."

The students will explore three opportunities: summer study abroad or exchange programs, Christian business training for the local communities, and student internships. Like the hundreds of ACU students who participate in Spring Break Campaigns, these students will be spreading a Christian message and helping those in need.

"I think this is a really unique way to reach people who don’t go to church," said Emily Tate, senior marketing/management major, going to Vienna. "Instead of hoping they'll come to us, we’re going to meet people in their own environment."

Of the fourteen students participating, three will go to Vienna, three to Wales and eight to Croatia. The students each raised their own funds for the trip.

Next year's Spring Break may bring increased international business opportunities. Christians in Guatemala and India have talked to ACU about sending business students or faculty as well, Winegeart said.

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