The Political Science Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with the assistance of the University’s Division of International Studies & Programs, is pleased to introduce its Pacific Studies Program - a pioneering collaborative initiative between A&M-Kingsville and the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The Pacific Studies Program (PSP) is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, A&M-Kingsville and Dr. Elaine Webster, Director, Summer School and Continuing Education, University of Otago. The PSP will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in New Zealand from July 5th, 2012, through July 22nd, 2012, attending classes at the University of Otago, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater Otago region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, sustainability and environmental policies, etc., with reference to both the greater Pacific region and New Zealand.

Dr. Christine Reiser-Robbins, Anthropology Program, Texas A&M-Kingsville, is directing a Service Learning Project, a special component of the PSP. The PSP will facilitate interaction between middle and high school students from Bishop School District, Texas, and Logan Park High School, Dunedin, Otago, through the application of Internet-enabled technologies.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of New Zealand and the surrounding region. This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ramen Noodles

After Dr. Wanhalla’s lecture, the group proceeded to the St. Margaret’s dining hall, where we chowed down on a “southern delicacy:” a cheese roll. There was other food involved, mind you, but the redubbed grilled cheese was clearly the highlight of the meal. Ask John. He knows.
After we ate, we made our way back to the hotel, only after taking a less-than-quick detour involving free Ramen Noodle samples on campus. I guess some things don’t change. No matter where you go, college students will always eat Ramen. And this Ramen was especially awesome. It was so much better than the Ramen in the states, although that is still up for debate. In summary, we ate after eating. Hey… We walk a lot. Don’t judge.

-Marshall S.

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