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Morgan Morrow was born in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, went to high school there and received his degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. After graduation he worked in both Victoria and New South Wales before he transferred with his company to Kentucky. After a few years, he moved to the University of Minnesota where he gained his masters and PhD. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science where he works almost exclusively on the health and welfare of pigs.
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Where do you lead a program?
We work with the University of Queensland and are based on both their Gatton and St. Lucia campuses. We do field trips in the southeast area of Queensland but are able to see an amazing variety of ecosystems in this area from rainforests, to open eucalyptus woodlands, to the sandy North Stradbroke Island, to the fabulous beaches on the Gold Coast.
How long have you run your study abroad program?
1I first offered the program in 2005, then we were based in Victoria with Melbourne University. As summer abroad turns into winter abroad once we arrive in Australia I thought that the students might get more value by heading north to Queensland where it is much warmer and we have available a greater variety of field trips than Victoria. That was a good move; I've been able to offer the course every year and have good enrollment thru 2006, 2007, 2008 and now 2009. I expect to offer it for many years to come.
What makes your study abroad program unique?
Our program gives students a concentrated exposure to not only the domestic animal and wildlife of Australia but also they learn about the history, politics, social structures and culture of the country and the Australians who live there. Consequently, my program attracts students from many disciplines; not only animal science but others for whom going to Australia has been a life-long dream.
What stands out as your favorite memory from the study abroad programs that you have directed?
There are many but the joy students experience when they see their first kangaroos in the wild is unforgettable.
If you could give prospective students one piece of advice about
study abroad, what would it be?
It's the opportunity of a lifetime! Although it may be difficult for you to justify the cost in these difficult economic times you must remember that a study abroad experience will boost your CV and may land you that much-sought-after job ahead of all the other applicants. We live in a multi-national environment; don't get left behind!
What are you looking for from the students who apply to your program?
I just want my students to be hungry to experience another country's culture. Although there are more similarities than differences between the peoples and cultures of the USA and Australia, I encourage my students to look at the differences and determine for themselves which ones them prefer. Perhaps they'll prefer liberal gun ownership, a drinking age of 18 or a preferential voting system. In Australia they can consider the options.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Faculty Director?
All the work one puts into developing a program and then the constant effort it takes to promote the program is amply rewarded when students tell me "I've learnt more on this program than any course I've ever taken" or "I wish my history teacher was as good as Dr. Wayne Muller". And then there are the looks of absolute delight as students get to feed the kangaroos, cuddle a koala, or watch the humpback whales migrate up the coast to their calving grounds on Great Barrier Reef, unforgettable!
If you could give new Faculty Directors of study abroad programs one piece of advice about leading a program, what would it be?
Know your students and actively seek their feedback on how the program could be improved for the following years.
What marketing tips would you suggest to your fellow Faculty Directors to encourage more NC State students to study abroad?
I find that my previous students are my best advocates. If the students find value in the program they will tell their friends. And, never refuse an opportunity to promote your program and spread the word.