Small world: Peruvian visitor meets old teacher at Abbey

Prof. John Stoll, one of the main organizers and hosts for the visit this month by five faculty members from Tumbes University in Peru, shares a nice story:
“This past Sunday we had arranged Mass at St. Norbert Abbey to be followed by a tour and lunch at the Abbey dining room.  When I had contacted the Abbey I was told that one of their members had been in Peru (mostly in the Amazon region) for 30 years and was now back in residence.  I asked if he could join us to speak with our guests and talk about the missions of the Norbertines in Peru.  His name was Fr. Fenzel.” (Here’s where a retelling of the story demands an explanation that Peru is a moderately populous nation, of about 30 million citizens.) After Catholic services, the Tumbes visitors began their tour and were joined in progress by Fr. Fenzel. Says Stoll, “When he walked in the room and we were about to start introductions, John Sandoval (a member of the Tumbes delegation) immediately stopped us and said “Father Fenzel, do you remember me?”  It turned out that Father Fenzel had been John’s geometry teacher and basketball coach when the latter was a Catholic school student in his youth, in Peru.  This was very touching for both and made for much conversation over the next several hours.”

Photo gallery: Welcoming visiting faculty from Peru

Chancellor Thomas K. Harden and members of the UW-Green Bay community welcomed a five-person delegation from the Universidad Nacional de Tumbes at a reception Monday at the Weidner Center. Officials did the usual — remarks of welcome, remarks of appreciation, the visitors brought gifts (flags of Tumbes and Peru), and posed for photos with the Chancellor and Mayor Jim Schmitt — but there was something else, too: People greeted each other as friends because the room was full of them. Many of the Tumbes and UW-Green Bay faculty members and officials in attendance have already worked together on projects and exchanges. Nice photos of a nice event – click here.

Global learning: Nursing students here and in Peru compare notes

UW-Green Bay’s collaboration with a partner institution in Peru paid dividends in March when Prof. Chris Vandenhouten led nursing students here and from Universidad de Tumbes in a discussion of healthcare and nursing education via a real-time video conference. Students and instructors compared notes on healthcare and nursing practices and also talked a little about the Green Bay Packers. It was an interesting discussion. For a recap.