Mount Union Helps Represent Northeast Ohio at Armada in Rouen France

October 21, 2008

rouendelegationDr. Frank Triplett, professor of foreign languages and director of international programs, and three Mount Union students had the unique privilege to accompany the Mayor of Cleveland, Frank Jackson, and other selected representatives from Northeast Ohio to Rouen, France for the international Armada festival July 5-14. The purpose of the trip was to establish a sister city relationship between Northeast Ohio and Rouen.

Each year over a hundred sailing ships are displayed at this international festival. It happens every four years and attracted 10 million visitors this summer. In addition to displaying the ships, visitors are given the opportunity to participate in many entertaining events.

Triplett, sophomore Kelly Morckel and seniors Alicia Andreani and Amanda Kusler were among a delegation of 175 business and student representatives who were at the festival to promote Northeast Ohio.

“Our students were there to work in the booth representing Northeast Ohio,” said Triplett.

In addition to running the booth, the students were invited to watch Jackson sign a formal agreement with Rouen’s mayor Pierre Albertini. A plaque commemorating the occasion has been placed in Rouen’s City Hall.

“It was great to be a part of the creation of the sister city relationship between Cleveland and Rouen,” said Andreani.

As a result of this trip, Mount Union may also form ties with the University of Rouen. “I met with the president of the University of Rouen,” said Triplett. “We are negotiating an exchange agreement with the University.”

Morckel said that visiting Rouen provided the students with a great opportunity to speak French with those who speak it natively. She commented on all the medieval architecture she saw and she felt she learned a great deal about the French culture.

 “The trip exceeded my expectations,” said Kusler. “It was lots of work, but very rewarding.”

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