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Former Student Invites Professor Donovan to Teach in Ukraine this Summer

Many years ago Michael Donovan, associate professor of business, welcomed an exchange student from Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, to the school where he was teaching at the time—Southern Maine Community College—as well as into his home.

Donovan obviously made a lasting impression on Irina Zaretskaya during her year in the States—so much so that she and some colleagues started and operate an academic camp for high school students to improve English and other academic skills. Donovan has been invited to teach several topics including economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, history and creativity at the DEC British Language Camp in the Carpathian Mountain region of Ukraine from July 7 to Aug. 7.

“I am honored that a former student feels that I can add educational value to children in Ukraine,” Donovan said. In a way, this makes up for some lost opportunity. In 2005, Donovan was invited, but could not participate, to be a Fulbright Scholar to Moldova to teach entrepreneurship and the process of capitalism. “Ms. Zaretskaya operates a wonderful institution for high school and middle school children to expand their knowledge of the world. Many later enter colleges or universities throughout Europe and the United States. I look forward to the experiences that I can bring back to the classroom at Cedar Crest College.”