Rivier University and Rotary International host India travelogue on March 29

Rivier University Division of Business and the Rotary International District of New Hampshire and Vermont are co-sponsoring a unique event to share members recent travel experiences in India. Part of a Rotary-sponsored exchange program, five Rotarians traveled to India to experience the culture and to gain insight into vocational environment.

"This event offers an opportunity for our community to get a glimpse of India," says Dean of Business Programs Dr. Amir Toosi. "Attendees will not only gain an understanding of the culture, but will also have a chance to hear about the working environment in different professions as experienced by these travelers."

"The Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is an exceptional cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and profes­sional men and women in their initial years of professional life," says Rotarian Krishna Mangipudi, President of the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club, who coordinated this trip. "The GSE program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults, so that they can address the needs of their communities in an increas­ingly global workplace."

The team leader, Rotarian Claudine Hessmer-Husainy, is a Rotary Peace Ambassador who is passionate about working with youth on peace projects. She has implemented peace projects with over 600 students from the U.S. and other countries she has visited. Her goal on this trip was to establish school-to-school contacts to foster peace. 

Suzanne Delaney is an alumna of the Rivier's MBA program and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems degree at the University.  Her goal was to study the status of STEM education in India, and as an enterprenuer and founder of LOFTechnology, to share her business experience with her counterparts in India.

As a town planner in the Nashua Mayor's office, Sarah Marchand's goal was to meet with town planners in the host city Mysore, India.  Coincidentally, Mysore and Nashua are linked in a sister-city relationship that was established earlier last year.

A reporter for the Concord Monitor, Alison Morris' goal was to meet the press in India and glean as much information as she could about its workings.                                                        

New England College international student advisor Nina Giannotti works with over 350 students from around the world, including India. Her goal was to see and experience firsthand the culture of her major clientele.
The travelogue event will take place on March 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dion Reception Room on the Rivier University campus. The event is free and open to the public.