Gretchen Vaughn "THEATRE! It's all about theatre and the experiences I had during 30 years of CCSB and CCSA travels. After much deliberation, I've narrowed down the memorable theatre productions to three, and that was not easy! Seeing Judi Dench as the matriarch in The Royal Family in 2001, from third row center, check. Seeing David Suchet as Salieri in Amadeus in 1998, second place. In addition to his acting, the set design was phenomenal. The winner, though, has to be seeing Mark Rylance as Viola in the all-male production of Twelfth Night in 2012. The entire experience was incredible, starting with the performers being dressed on stage and thus changing their gender with bumrolls and boned bodices. Having studied the Japanese onnagata, Rylance appeared to float across the stage--absolutely mesmerizing! Thus, I offer my heartfelt thanks to the organization that is CCSA for their decades of hard work to provide the best education for students, professors and administrators."
Heather Schieman "In the summer of 2004 I studied abroad on the London Summer program as a student who wanted nothing more than to move beyond the comfort of my Ohio/Kentucky upbringing. I was the first in my family to go abroad, and this was an uncharted experience for me and my family as a whole. By happenstance, within the first week abroad, I met a girl whose name I can't even remember, but she told me she was the RA and the basic steps she took to get the role. After an unforgettable summer abroad, I had the typical reentry struggles of being home and I wanted nothing more than to return to London and seek that experience again. What happened turned into the most life altering experience of my life."
Photo participants:Jennie Freimoeller (WOU RA), Heather (EKU RA), Maggie Monteverde, Ron Cella, and Emily Haggart (WOU RA)
Tina Coffelt "The CCSA experience was life changing and in a short time. I was at Murray State University for four years, participated in three CCSA programs, and served on the CCSA trustees for one. While brief, the colleagues, students, and travels are the most memorable and meaningful of a 20+ year career in higher education. CCSA made teaching study abroad a reality, something I thought would be unattainable in my career. Thanks to those who started CCSA and those who have kept it moving forward over the years. The study abroad programs are life changing for students and for faculty, too."