Mount Union Represents Northeast Ohio at Rouen Armada

October 27, 2008

Dr. Frank Triplett, professor of foreign languages and director of international programs, and three Mount Union students travelled to Rouen, France in July for the international Armada festival.

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.

Sophomore Kelly Morckel of Salem and seniors Alicia Andreani of Alliance and Amanda Kusler of N. Lawrence, along withTriplett, accompanied a Mayor of Cleveland Frank Jackson as members of a delegation representing Norhteast Ohio to this event. The purpose of this visit was to establish a sister city relationship with Rouen.

175 businesses and students were at the festival to represent Northeast Ohio, including representatives from Cleveland businesses and Cleveland State University.

“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 was dedicated to Cleveland and 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 is also developing new ties with the University of Rouen.

“I met with the president of the University of Rouen,” said Triplett. “As a result of this trip, 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.

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

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