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January 29, 2003

School of Business sponsoring
study abroad trip to Thailand

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State University’s School of Business is sponsoring a study abroad trip to Thailand May 24 – June 6.

In addition to cultural and historical sites, the itinerary includes visits to Chubb Insurance in Bangkok, the Bank of Bangkok and Citibank’s office in the Thai capital. The cost of the trip is $2,000 including air and ground transportation, lodging and meals. Space is limited.

Knowledge of international business and culture is increasingly important in the business community, said Steven Pahl, executive director of the Gongaware Center for Insurance Management Development.

“A tremendous premium is placed on employees who have international exposure,” Pahl said. “It’s wonderful if they can speak more than one language, but if they have been exposed to other cultures first hand they get the looks that others don’t when itcomes time for advancement and promotion.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the trip is invited to a “Thai Night” program 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 from in the 11th floor conference room of the School of Business. The event will feature videos provides by the Thai Consulate in Chicago, a sampling of Thai cuisine and discussions by ISU faculty members who have previously been to Thailand.

While primarily aimed at ISU students, the trip is open to the general public on a space available basis. The low cost of the trip may make it attractive for businesses to offer to employees as professional development, Pahl said.

Reservations secured by a $500 deposit are due by Feb. 15. For more information, contact the Gongaware Center at (812) 237-2442.


Steven Pahl, Gongaware Center, (812) 237-2442 or
or Alan Czyzewski, associate professor of accounting, (812) 237-2010

Dave Taylor, ISU Public Affairs, (812) 237-3743 or

ISU Public Affairs:
(812) 237-3773 or