Bon Voyage, 2013 SPANners!

SPAN students bound for South Africa and France this summer were honored by SPAN alumni, friends, and family at the annual Bon Voyage Banquet April 20. The program ended with a ceremony that carried out SPAN's motto, "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness." For more photos, see Bon Voyage banquet link.

Some scenes from the 66th annual SPAN Bon Voyage Banquet, April 20, 2013.


Janet Lund (England 1950) and Dean Lund (Sweden 1950) posed with recipients

of the scholarship they donated to SPAN: Camille Lizama (France 2013), Alyssa

Banks and Felicia Wilson (South Africa 2013). The Lunds serve on SPAN's Executive



Keynote speaker Dr. William Clute (Morocco 1962), left, chatted with Dr. Theofanis

Stavrou, SPAN executive director. Dr. Clute is an emeritus sociology professor at the

University of Nebraska, Omaha. His topic was "Applying Key Principles to Increasing our Inter-

national Understanding."

Dr. Kim Munholland, advisor to France, spoke with one of his students, Peter Clausen,

and his mother, Michelle Casey.

Richard Wicklund (Ghana 1961) met Andrew Carlson, advisor to South Africa 2013.

Kay Leeman, left, vice president of the SPAN Executive Board, was mistress of

ceremonies for the banquet. Here she shares reminiscences with Cara Berger. Both

were in the 2012 Great Britain SPAN group.

2012 Banquet

Sixty-four SPANners, relatives, and friends, enjoyed the 2012 Bon Voyage Banquet April 28. Alumni from 1947 through 2010 shared their adventures with the students now preparing for their summers in Great Britain and Russia. A few scenes from the banquet:

Barbara Kappler, keynote speaker and 1986 SPANner to Malaysia, poses with Dr. Theofanis G. Stavrou, SPAN executive director.Kenneth and Elisabeth Norquist pause by a SPAN display. Ken was with the very first group of SPANners, in 1947, and has created a scholarship for current students.Tim McDonald, left, 2012
and his parents John
and Janie McDonald (at right)
chatted with Lynn Carroll, 1959

Dorothy Johnson Suomola and Mary Parish, both 1962 Greece, met Paul Johnson, 1959 Russia

2012 Great Britain SPANners include Cara Berger, left, Kay Leeman, second from right, and Matt Hagestuen. They are joined by Kay's husband, Steven Leeman.


2009 Banquet

The 2009 Banquet marked the official send-off for the 2009 students.  Professor Theofanis Stavrou gave the keynote speech, while 2008 SPANner to Argentina Antoni Tang was the highlighted speaker.  Friends, family and SPANners were also treated to an impromptu round of stories shared by visiting alumni.  

The evening's entertainment was provided by our two SPAN 2009 groups.  The eight students traveling to Greece performed a traditional Greek dance and the European Union students read poetry reflective of the nation where they are headed.  

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni contributors, SPAN was able to distribute 25,500 dollars in scholarships this year.  Without the contributions of our extremely dedicated alumni, SPAN would not be able to to continue offering quality study abroad experiences to all students.  Thank you supporters!


2009 SPANners with Prof. Stavrou


2009 Greece

2009 European Union