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March 2009

Release Date: March 25, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Study Abroad Students in Lake Clean-Up Effort

A group of Angelo State University students slated to study biodiversity and ecotourism in Costa Rica this summer will help the environment closer to home with a clean-up project at Lake Nasworthy Saturday morning.

The 14 students signed up for summer study in Costa Rica will be joined in the clean-up effort by ASU President Joseph C. Rallo and a group of students who went on the Costa Rica trip last year. Students from select ASU management classes will also help out.

“The whole idea is to get the students interested in biodiversity and ecotourism to start thinking about their own impact on the environment,” said Dr. Sharyn Tomlin, director of the ASU Center of International Studies.

The group will meet at Lake Nasworthy’s Horseshoe Bend at 8 a.m. Saturday and will work until noon picking up trash and debris there and at the equalization channel area, working both on foot and in kayaks. The kayaks are on loan from Cole’s Army Surplus.

While in Costa Rica this summer, the students will be enrolled in classes that include “Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecotourism,” “Ecotourism: Implications for International Trade” and Spanish. The trip will include classroom work at Instituto de Cultura Y Lengua – Costarricense in San Jose, Costa Rica, as well as hands-on experiences in the Costa Rican rain forests. The trip will be led by Dr. Michael Dixon, ASU assistant professor of biology, and Rene Segoviano, instructor of management and marketing.

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