Program Nov. 7 to review SU efforts to help Iraq educators

Three members of Shippensburg University will give a presentation on their work to help educators in Iraq.

“From War to Rebuilding: Ship’s Efforts Furthering Business Education in Iraq” will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Grove Hall Forum. The free program is open to the public.

The program will be presented by Dr. John Kooti, dean of the John L. Grove College of Business; Dr. Melodye Wehrung, executive director of social equity; and Dr. Sarah Bryant, professor of finance.

The three made their first trip to Baghdad in January 2012 as part of the university’s efforts to help improve finance and banking education in Iraq. The project is funded by a $499,436 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States.

The three will share their experiences working in Baghdad as part of their four trips to Baghdad University College of Management and Economics. Their goal was to promote business education by assisting with the accreditation process and establishing a Center for Teaching Excellence for Iraqi Colleges of Management and Economics. They also will discuss changes in Iraq since the departure of U.S. troops in 2011.

The program is sponsored by the John L. Grove College of Business, Office of Social Equity, and the International Studies Program.