UNOGA Students Study Abroad

Visit to the Mayor of Hammond Nine fourth¬†year management students from the University of the Nouvelle Grand’Anse (UNOGA) participated in a study abroad program from April 16 to April 24. ¬†They came at the invitation of the Purdue University Northwest Business College and Haitian Connection. They had an awesome experience. The students met with the Mayor of Hammond, Thomas McDermott, Jr., who was very impressed with the quality of questions the students asked. They sat in on some business classes at the university, visited the Unilever factory which produces Dove soap, and were hosted several times with warm receptions. The Business College had a reception for them, as well as a more intimate gathering at Professor Pat Obi’s house. Professor Obi hosted 4 students at his home and arranged visits to the Mayor’s Office, Unilever, the Federal Reserve and the Fermi Lab. The tour of the Fermi Lab was hosted by Professor Neeti Parashar. Celine Woznica, a Maryknoll Affiliate, hosted 5 of the students with grace and warmth. Renate Schneider, President of Haitian Connection and Vice Rectrice of UNOGA, took care of the logistics of the trip and showed the students some of the cultural aspects of Chicago. They visited China Town and ate with chop sticks for the first time, and also visited the Haitian American history museum to the delight of founder Elsie Hernandez. The students were very happy to see a piece of Haiti in Chicago. Now that they have returned home, the students will write about their experience and produce a power point for the whole student body.