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Drake University Students Visit The Bahamas

For the second consecutive year, students from Drake University are visiting Nassau to participate in the Leadership at Sea program which focuses on teamwork, leadership and seamanship.  During the visit the group, comprising twenty students will get a unique opportunity to learn about the historical and cultural elements of Bahamian society.

They will pay a courtesy call on Governor General of The Bahamas, Sir Arthur Foulkes, meet with representatives from the Bahamas Government and engage faculty and staff during meetings at the College of The Bahamas. They will also partner with COB students to participate in a community service project.

During the “Leadership at Sea” program the group will also be given a tour of the Norwegian Cruise Liner “Epic” and volunteer at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas events this weekend.

The students will spend time aboard the Liberty Clipper, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed 125-foot gaff-rigged schooner.  The ship serves as a leadership laboratory enabling students to rotate through ship positions and attend sessions with captain and crew.

The students visited the U.S. Embassy where they participated in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman and other Embassy officials including U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer Doug Jannusch.

The Chargé discussed the bilateral cooperation between The Bahamas Government and the U.S. Embassy and the role of Foreign Service Officers in promoting the partnership with The Bahamas. Lt. CMDR Jannusch highlighted the role of the U.S. Coast Guard and Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos, (OPBAT), a partnership between the United States, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands’ law enforcement agencies in the areas of search and rescue, migrant interdiction, border protection, and counter-narcotics efforts.

U.S. Embassy, Nassau
Caption: Drake University students accompanied by program coordinators Dr. Thomas Westbrook and Melissa Sturm-Smith meet with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman and other Embassy officials.

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