Members of the Australian Rotary team that visited OPSU on Saturday include, standing, Team Leader Michael Malone and Prue Morgan. Seated, left to right, Laura Crilly, Shane Harris, and Amanda Dinger. – Campus Communications photo
**For Immediate Release**
Australian Rotarians Visit OPSU
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-03-2006
By Laura Dahl
Goodwell, OK - On Saturday, October 28, a five-member Australian International Rotary team spent the day at Oklahoma Panhandle State University learning about what the university has to offer and exchanging ideas and information about the differences in business practices. The Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation offers a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business and professional men and women. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries, and local Rotary Club members provide meals, lodging, and group travel within their district. The Australians have been in Kansas, and traveled south to Guymon to get a taste of life in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The team members all work and reside in the southernmost part of Australia in the Victoria region. Team leader Michael Malone owns a dairy and also owns and operates a guest facility. He currently serves as President of the Rotary Club of Leongatha. Shane Harris, a member of the same club, operates a cattle operation, and lives in Meeniyan. Amanda Dinger lives in Loch and works in hospitality at a tourism-focused beef cattle operation. Laura Crilly, of Dromana, works in horticulture and describes herself as an ardent environmentalist. From Traralgon, Prue Morgan works for Gippsland Aeronautics, where she oversees the manufacture, certification, promotion, and delivery of the GA8 Airvan, a type of small passenger aircraft.
The group toured the OPSU campus and participated in demonstrations in a number of departments. They learned about advanced technological software the Computer Information Systems faculty uses to educate students and watched a pottery demonstration in the Art Department. For lunch, the Rotarians were treated to authentic Mexican food prepared by Sodexho staff, and then learned more about the science program. After watching part of the volleyball action in Oscar Williams Fieldhouse and meeting the “Volleydawgs,” a group of energetic OPSU students and fans, they traveled to the OPSU Farm for a tour. The farm tour included a short course on rodeo events. Back on campus, the team members relaxed in the Noble Center prior to attending a banquet in their honor in the Student Union Ballroom.
OPSU faculty and staff that participated in the GSE program exchanged information with the team members about their areas of specialty. The team was enthusiastic about OPSU’s friendly campus and enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about our culture.