USA Today reporter
covers Elon study tour


USA Today higher education reporter Mary Beth Marklein spent some time with Elon University faculty and students participating in the Field Biology in Belize course during Winter Term.

Marklein, a member of the School of Communications Advisory Board, was working on a story about the trend toward shorter study abroad experiences. She spent eight days with the 19 students in the course taking part in activities that included studying plants, animals and insects in the rain forest, visiting communities in Belize, exploring Mayan architectural sites and conducting studies on the coral reef at Ambergris Caye.

Members of the Elon study group included communications majors Amy Jo Jenkins and Matt Gannon. Marklein's article ran as the cover feature in the Feb. 2 edition of the paper. It was also carried online (, where there was an additional sidebar story ( Gannon was quoted in the main story, and Jenkins was quoted in the sidebar. USA Today also included a slide show of six pictures taken on the Elon trip: (QuickTime plug-in required.)

Of the 770 Elon students who traveled abroad to study last year, 586 did so during the Winter Term, which is set aside for research, internships or immersion in an intensive academic course.



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