Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

UE Team on Goodwill Mission to Dominican Republic ; Will Join G. O. Ministries in Building Medical Facility

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

UE Team on Goodwill Mission to Dominican Republic ; Will Join G. O. Ministries in Building Medical Facility

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From sun-up to sundown over the next two weeks, 15 University of Evansville students and four faculty members will be immersed in the culture of the Dominican Republic, working with representatives at a medical facility under construction in Santiago. The course, an interdisciplinary pilot project that involves the business, communication, engineering and nursing schools at UE, will focus on applied process development through classroom work, observation and field work. The course is a partnership with nonprofit G. O. Ministries.

The group, which will remain in the Dominican Republic through Aug. 6, has a goal to create a variety of processes similar to ones in the United States that include how to secure medicines, conveniently archive patient records and achieve an efficient patient flow.

John Layer, associate professor of mechanical engineering, said UE's engineering and business school students have been associated with G. O. Ministries since 2008. UE representatives traveled to the Dominican Republic that year and in 2010, as well as Mongolia in 2012; but he said this is the first time all four of UE's schools are involved. Layer won't be able to go this year because of a health issue, but he developed online content for the students and will stay connected via the Internet.

"What I've seen after taking these students to the Dominican and Mongolia, when they come back, it's this enlightened sense of difference-making," he said. "Our students.. are going to go down there and see that they can make an impact; one person can make a difference. And that's the big thing I get out of this, that's what keeps me thinking about the next trip."

It will be Ryan Bassemier's first real-world experience using his communications major. Bassemier, 21, was raised in Evansville and will be a junior in the fall. He thought combining the four disciplines from UE would shed light on other fields of study.

"(We will) see the differences in terms of what we've learned, but see how it's all relevant to each other," he said. …

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