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MC recognizes four international exchange students

Barry McNamara
: From left, Nicollette Leeflang (The Netherlands), Swenja Rhode (Germany), Chihiro Ono (Japan) and Emmelie Berg Johansson (Sweden) pose with Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler after receiving their certificates of attendance in a private ceremony in the president’s office.
Much has been written about Monmouth College students who participate in semester abroad programs, but there’s a flip side to that coin. Earlier this month, the college awarded certificates of attendance to four international exchange students who spent the fall semester on campus.

At a ceremony in President Mauri Ditzler’s office, the students received small gifts and heard remarks from Dean David Timmerman and Ditzler. Timmerman talked about the college’s exchange programs and the importance of higher education, while Ditzler related a story about an international student from several decades ago who was so impressed with Monmouth that he sent his daughter to MC four decades later. He also thanked the students for picking Monmouth from among the many options they had when attending college in the U.S.

The students found their way to Monmouth through three different exchange programs. Nicollette Leeflang (The Netherlands) and Swenja Rhode (Germany) participated in the Washington, D.C.-based International Student Exchange Program. Emmelie Berg Johansson (Sweden) was part of an exchange program with Umea University, while Chihiro Ono (Japan) has spent the past two semesters at Monmouth through a program with Akita University.