School of Communication students and faculty explored media and culture in Spain and Portugal in May 2015.
Travel Fund Supports Student Travel
The John Fallon Travel Fund helps School of Communication and Honors Program students in need travel nationally and abroad to complement their Point Park education. This year's fund awarded $11,000 to help defray the cost of travel to Spain and Portugal. Past trips include London and Paris, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Prague, Toronto and London.
The travel fund was established in 2008 by Helen Fallon, professor of journalism and director of the Honors Program, and her children, Amy and Stephen, in memory of their late husband and father, John E. Fallon Jr.
Learn more about the students' experiences in Spain and Portugal by visiting the student-created website: http://spain.pointparkjournalism.com.
What students and alumni are saying about the John Fallon Travel Fund
Check out what students and alumni have to say about their travel experience.
"The Fallon Travel Fund helped me go on the trip of a lifetime to London, Paris and Northern France during my junior year. Thanks to the support of the fund, I was able to fulfill my dream of traveling abroad for the first time. My experience was unforgettable, and it sparked a passion for travel that I can't wait to continue pursuing throughout my life. I'm so grateful to the Fallon Travel Fund for giving me the opportunity to explore new places, experience different cultures and make lifelong memories."
"Having the ability to travel with the Honors Program during my time at Point Park University was one of the most beneficial pieces to my education. I was able to meet and converse with other honors students from all over as well as immerse myself in the cultures of the destinations. These trips are the perfect blend of academic and cultural education. They provide the perfect opportunities for educational and social growth to all students through a different lens than the traditional classroom. My memories from my travels with the Point Park Honors Program will stick with me for a long time."
"I went to Germany for two weeks with Point Park's International Media class in 2013. We met professionals in the country's leading media companies who shared their history and visions and gave us exceptional access to their inner workings. We also had time to explore Germany's rich culture in Berlin and Munich and Austria's castles. The experience undoubtedly opened my mind, and in a more practical sense, I've used it in my resume and in professional conversation. I would not have been able to experience and document this incredible opportunity if it were not for the help I received from the Fallon Travel Fund. Point Park gave me the knowledge, but the Fallon Travel Fund awarded me the experience."
B.A. in psychology, 2015
"The Fallon Travel Fund aided me on countless trips during my four years at Point Park University. Without the Fallon Travel Fund, I would have never had the opportunity to attend the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conferences in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Gettysburg, Pa. In addition, the Fallon Travel Fund assisted me and a fellow classmate, Christina Wisniewski, with our trip to Chicago to present our research at the American Psychological Association's Division 32 conference. These experiences wouldn't have been possible without the fund, and because of it I was able to gain experiences that I believe led to my acceptance at Columbia University in New York City for graduate school."
B.A. in multimedia, 2016
"Traveling abroad was something I always wanted to do, but figured wouldn’t happen for a long time due to financial limitations. The Fallon Travel Fund made that travel goal, which seemed far off, possible for me. With the help of a scholarship, I was able to visit Spain and Portugal, experience other cultures, make great memories and expand the value of my college education by studying various mass media fields abroad. It was a one-of-a-kind opportunity, and it was attainable with the help and attentiveness of the scholarship."
B.A. in photojournalism, 2015
"My trip to Germany with Point Park's International Media class was one of the most valuable experiences of my college career. I came home with a greater understanding of mass media than I could have imagined while sitting in the classroom, as well as a unique cultural experience that I will always remember. All thanks to the aid I received from the Fallon Travel Fund."