While some may be relaxing by the pool or working at a summer job, Rebecca Brewer from Silver Lake joined more than 700 other Belmont University students who participated in one of 45 faculty-led Maymester and Summer Study Abroad programs.

Brewer spent time in Belmont’s Bahamas program for college credit this summer.

With programs based in Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Northern Ireland, Morocco, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and more, students had the opportunity to learn in a non-traditional classroom by visiting historical sites and experiencing new cultures first-hand.

The short-term programs, lasting anywhere from a week to a month, were led and designed by Belmont faculty to explore one or two certain areas of study, while giving students the opportunity to travel to and discover a new place.

“Classrooms come to life as faculty take students to visit places where history took place,” said Belmont University Director of Study Abroad Thandi Dinani. “Whether visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell in South Africa, walking streets where Jesus walked in Israel or studying chemistry while taking a cooking class in Italy, students see how countries, concepts and cultures have shaped history and impact their world.”

Brewer was able to take part in this year’s new program, which included studying cruise industry entertainment operations by sailing to the Bahamas, learning about island entertainment, food, music and sports.

In other college news involving Kenosha County area students:

n Lawrence University in Appleton named several local students to its 2019 spring term Dean’s List including: Jeremy Bruton of Twin Lakes, and Emilia Jackson, Sara Prostko, Celine Stichert and Brianna Wilson of Kenosha.

At the university’s 2019 Honors Award Ceremony and the Honors Convocation, Stichert earned Phi Beta Kappa honors, and Bruton earned Lambda Sigma honors.

n Concordia University in Mequon has named a number of area students to its spring term Dean’s List, including (listed by hometown, with year in school and major):

Kenosha: James Althoff, Sophomore, Management; Kathryn Billings, Senior, Secondary Education and English; Rebecca Bonnin, Senior, Hospitality & Event Management; Joey Cabadas, Junior, Human Resource Management; McKenzie Carter, Sophomore, Photography and Graphic Design; Xavier Ezeokoli, Senior, Social Work; Thomas Samelstad, Senior, Business Management; Brandon Scheppa, Junior, Mathematics; Jordan Schumer, Senior, Business Management; Karina Seidl, Freshman, Rehab-Science-Regular; Eric Sipiora, Sophomore, Management and Finance; and Rachel Zingelman, Junior, Rehab-Science-Regular

Pleasant Prairie: Brooke Hartnell, Freshman, Accelerated Second Degree BSN

Silver Lake: Samuel Rovik, Sophomore, Management and Marketing

Trevor: Rosa Roloff, Freshman, Rehab-Science-Regular