New SPAN email address:   


SPAN advisor applications open for 2015!


Are you interested in being a SPAN advisor for the summer of 2015, or do you

know someone who would be good advisor? See Advisor Requirements for

details. Countries are selected based on the advisors’ experience and contacts.

Applicants must currently be teaching in a Minnesota college or university.

An MA is required, and a PhD is preferred.


To apply, contact SPAN at 612-626-1083 or

First SPAN photos from Russia and

Cuba/Puerto Rico!


From left, posing at the GUM center in Moscow, are Kate Lundell,

Mary Webber, Sasha Zavyalova, Mary Taylor, Jenna Pysick, and

Maggie Marion. 


Cuba/Puerto Rico

The group is shown at the University of Puerto Rico on their

first full day in in the country, already with some new local

friends. In back row, left to right, Dr. Dale Mathews Creque,

Emily Myers, Nicholas Jensen, Lee Anne Mills, and Nadya

Menendez Rodriguez, administrator of the college's Caribbean

Studies Department. In the front row, left to right, are local

student Nancy, plus SPANners Daisy Hidalgo, Ava Wichmann,

Lena Pransky, and Natalie Carlson. At center front is advisor

Melisa Riviere. Moses Wallace (at left in Banquet photo

below) arrived in Puerto Rico after the picture was taken.

2014 Bon Voyage Banquet

The Cuba/Puerto Rico group, from left: Moses Wallace, Daisy Hidalgo, Nick Jensen,

Advisor Melisa Riviere, Natalie Carlson, Ava Wichmann, Lens Pransky, and

(in front) Emily Myers. Lee Anne Mills, shown separately, was unable to attend.

The 2014 Russia group, from left: Alexandra Zavyalova, Kate Lundell, Mary

Webber, Mry Taylor, Jenna Pysick, Bethany Pertzsch, and Advisor Matt

Miller. Maggie Marion, shown separately, was unable to attend.


Scholarship donors and recipients

Dean Lund, Sweden 1950, and Janet Lund, England 1950 (center) are shown with

the recipients of their 2014 scholarships: from left, Mary Webber, Russia, Moses

Wallace, Cuba/Puerto Rico, and Natalie Carlson and Ava Wichmann, both Cuba/

Puerto Rico.

Theofanis and Freda Stavrou posed with recipients of two scholarships: Kate Lundell, Russia,

who received the Stavrou All-SPAN Scholarship, and Sasha Zavyalova, Russia, who received

the Stavrou-Condon Scholarship. Daisy Hidalgo also received an All-SPAN scholarship.

JoAnn Buggey, Scotland 1959, with Kate Lundell, receipient of her scholarship.


Other scholarships donated by past SPANners and awarded at the banquet:

Kenneth Norquist: Kate Lundell

John D. Lindstrom: Maggie Marion, Mary Webber

Kathryn Sederberg: All students

Ruth Elliff: All students

Constance Parvey: Mary Taylor

All-Alumni: Lena Pransky

John Scanlon: Kate Lundell

Dean and Janet Lund: Natalie Carolson, Maggie Marion, Moses Wallace, Mary Webber, Ava Wichmann


 Jenna Pysick (left) and Sasha Zavyalova prepare for their group's reading of a Russian poem.



* WRITING INTENSIVE. SPAN now has Writing Intensive (WI) designation, for the 4 credits awarded for the research paper. This helps University of Minnesota students fulfill the graduation requirement of four WI courses. For all SPAN students, the WI course will provide specific, structured writing instruction during the year they are writing their papers.


2015 countries to be announced soon; watch this space!

2014 SPANners departing soon; watch for their pictures and stories

The Cuba group, top row from left: Daisy Hidalgo, Lena Pransky, Moses Wallace, Emily Myers, Nick Jensen, and August Nimtz (co-advisor). Front row from left, Lee Anne Mills, Melisa Riviere (co-advisor), and Ava Wichmann. Lena attends Macalester College; the others attend the University of Minnesota. Their proposed research projects include the Green Revolution, the public health system, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuba’s role in Angola, and women's role in the Revolution.


The Russia group, back row from left: Matthew Miller (advisor),

Bethany Pertzsch, Sasha  Zavyalova,  Jenna Pysick, and Kate Lundell.

Front row from left: Mary Webber, Mary Taylor, and Mia Boo (no longer

in the group). Not shown: Maggie Marion.

Bethany attends the University of Northwestern, St. Paul; the others

attend the University  of Minnesota.  Their proposed research projects

include organic farming, human trafficking,  the linguistic landscape,

Serbia's relationship with Russia, Gorbachev's  USSR, and natural



See student photos from 2013, news from past SPANners,

and more in the ...





Our favorite 2013 photo

South Africa drummers; photo by Becky Lietzau. For more photos, see Student/Recent SPANners in navigation bar.



What is SPAN?

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, offers a one-of-a-kind international learning experience. Students travel abroad to conduct research on a self-chosen topic and to build bridges of understanding across borders, cultures, and continents. SPAN is Minnesota's oldest study abroad program and is open to students from all of Minnesota's colleges and universities. Since the program began in 1947, more than 2,500 SPANners have visited 93 countries on six continents.


Some quotes that apply to the SPAN experience!

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Miriam Beard

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the
life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell


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