Sunday, March 17, 2013

“When Americans and Icelanders work together great things happen...”

…is something we often say about the Icelandic/American relationship and I can think of no better example of this than the partnership between Coastal Carolina University and its Icelandic alumni. Let me explain. Coastal, as the school is affectionately known, is a relatively small, young, but very strong university that has seen about seventy Icelanders graduate from its rolls. Over the years, these Icelanders have returned to Iceland and formed a tightly-knit alumni association based on their shared experiences. The group got together and worked with the school administration to establish a scholarship fund to give five Icelanders the opportunity to attend Coastal. This week, the President of Coastal, Dr. David DeCenzo, visited Iceland to sign an agreement with the association to establish the scholarship program and to explore academic partnerships with Icelandic universities. I am also pleased to add that an Icelander is in the faculty of Coastal.