3D Journeys spurs interest from Croatia National Radio
Feb. 11, 2015
A reporter from Croatia National Radio interviewed Provost David Garrison and
Business Professor Dr. Mariangela Vecchiarini recently for a broadcast in that
"Apparently they heard about our 3D Journeys focus on Croatia this year, and were
intrigued," said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. "We
received an email from reporter Majda Ivkovic on Monday, asking if she could talk
to us about our interest in Croatia. Of course, we were thrilled."
The interview, conducted via speaker phone, included questions about why Croatia
was chosen, what kind of lectures were being offered, things that interest Americans
about Croatia and general information about the college.
Garrison explained the travel series to the reporter.
"Every year, we select a nation to study," he said. "We choose four members of
our faculty who will give lectures about that country and, at the end of the lecture
series, a group of usually about 30 people will travel to that country. So far,
we've studied Ireland, Brazil, Spain and now Croatia. "
Participants aren't limited to college faculty, staff and students, he said.
"The folks who attend the 3D Journeys lectures are usually well-educated and sophisticated
members of the community who are looking to broaden their understanding of culture
in other parts of the world," he said. "It is a very wide-ranging group of people
who attend the lectures and travel with us."
Dr. Vecchiarini, a native of Italy, said she has visited Croatia a few times and
was impressed with the generosity and hospitality of the Croatian people, as well
as the country's beauty and food.
"Especially the delicious fresh seafood," she said with a smile.
Her 3D Journeys lecture April 27 will focus on the economy of Croatia.
"As an entrepreneurship scholar, I will discuss the economic crisis affecting
Croatia, Italy and many other European countries," she said. "But I also want to
show how Croatia is firmly committed to its growth, and its unique resources that
definitely should be appreciated."
Other lectures will look at Croatian cuisine and the history of Christianity in
Ivkovic was curious about how much Americans know about Croatia.
"Our community is probably not familiar at all with it," Garrison said. "That
is, until this spring when we will provide this program to help them learn about
the country, culture and history of Croatia."
The reporter said the country's tourism board is trying to promote Croatia as
a top vacation destination in the U.S. market and asked what Americans would be
"I think most tourists who are interested in traveling that far around the world
are interested in architecture, food, the beauty of the place and understanding
as much as they can about the culture in a short period of time," Garrison said.
The provost said the 3D Journeys program is just one example of the college's
commitment to global engagement.
"All of our faculty and students have an opportunity to learn more about the cultures
of the world during Jan Term, a January offering in which many students travel
abroad with professors from the college," he said. "This past January, over 100
students traveled to places like the Philippines, Vietnam and Ecuador."
Concluding the interview, Ivkovic asked for a brief history of the college and
requested photographs to be posted on the network's website, Facebook page and
Then Garrison suggested Ivkovic might be interested in meeting up with the 3D
Journeys travelers while they are in Croatia in May.
"You could do a follow-up interview with some of the people from our community
who are visiting your country," he said. "That might make an interesting conversation."
Ivkovic agreed and arranged to stay in touch to schedule that interview.
After ending the call, Garrison said he was delighted he and Dr. Vecchiarini could
help spread the word about LaGrange College.
"Ivkovic was very impressed with our commitment to helping our students and community
members become citizens of the world," he said. "3D Journeys is a great example
of how the college is supporting meaningful global awareness."