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CLC alumna to speak on Australia trip

Central Lakes College alumna Kylie Geatz with a koala bear. Geatz will speak about her trip to Australia at Thursday's Cultural Thursday event. Submitted Photo 1 / 2
Central Lakes College alumna Kylie Geatz bungee jumps in Cairns. Geatz will speak about her trip to Australia at Thursday's Cultural Thursday event. Submitted Photo2 / 2

Central Lakes College will kick off its spring Cultural Thursday series with alumna Kylie Geatz, who will speak about her trip to Australia working as an au pair.

The event will be at noon on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Chalberg Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Geatz, now a global marketing student at Pace University in New York City, will speak on how she was able to both work and travel through Australia during a gap year after high school graduation. As an au pair, she provided child care in exchange for accommodation and pocket money. With the experience, she was able to immerse herself in the culture and live like a local. She lived in Brisbane, Queensland, in Australia, and traveled to Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Byron Bay and the entirety of the Sunshine and Gold coasts.

Geatz is an active American Marketing Association member, editor-in-chief for Pace University's "Her Campus Collegiate Chapter" and is lining up internships for the spring and summer.

For more information about this presentation or the Cultural Thursdays series, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.

The spring 2019 Cultural Thursday lineup

• Noon Feb. 7, in Chalberg Theatre: To recognize and honor Black History Month, the CLC Cultural Thursday Program and the Office of Equity & Inclusion will host Bukata Hayes, executive director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. Hayes stated in a news release, "We must challenge ourselves to continually sign up for the heavy lifting necessary to create a more open, civil and just world."

• Noon and 7 p.m. March 7, in Lecture Hall E354: CLC sociology instructor Gary Payne is attempting to participate in a January peace conference in historic Tehran, the capital of Iran. Very few U.S. citizens have visited Iran due to the volatile history between the two nations. If Iran approves Payne's visa application, he will present images from the conference.

• Noon April 4, in Chalberg Theatre: Meg Foster, a senior studying astrophysics and physics at the University of Minnesota, will talk about her nine weeks in Moscow, Russia, interviewing scientists for her research on "Soviet Space Race Propaganda: The Role of Women in Space and Science." She will share some of her observations and will also speak about how she independently arranged this study abroad program on her own, but went with 10 other U of M students.

• Noon May 2: CLC Spanish instructor Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez and students will present on their March 2019 travel study abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The group will visit the ancient pyramids of Tenochtitlán, the canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco, Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul and Hernán Cortés' National Palace. They will stay with local families near the Academic Spanish Language Institute in Cuernavaca and have daily lessons in Spanish language and culture, including salsa dancing and Mexican cooking.