UK School Honors Columbus State Student with Award, Check

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Edge Hill University in England has selected Columbus State University senior Melora Slotnick as its outstanding study abroad student for 2010-2011. 

Slotnick, a theatre education major from Jonesboro, earned Edge Hill’s Bob Wilson Award based on her fall 2010 enrollment at the school, which is one of CSU’s 18 partner institutions.

Edge Hill, with 24,000 students on a 160-acre campus near Liverpool, hosts 35-45 study abroad students every year from the United States and Mexico.

The award, including a check for 100 British pounds (about $164), is named in honor of the retired chairman of Edge Hill’s board of governors. Edge Hill Award  

“Melora was a great participant in the program and made use of all her opportunities to learn about theatre and UK culture,” said Neal McCrillis, director of CSU’s Center for International Education, which administers study abroad programs for university students and faculty.

Slotnick landed the lead role in an Edge Hill theatre production, portraying Mary Henry in Carnival of Souls.

“The show was a success,” she said.  “I am very proud of what I accomplished there, and I am also proud that my prior studies prepared me for that semester abroad.”

Slotnick, a CSU Honors student, was among a university-record total 172 CSU student participants in study abroad programs in 2010-2011 across Europe, Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

The Center for International Education will hold a Study Abroad information session for students from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 to showcase its 2011-2012 offerings and its 125 new grants, between $1,000-$1,750, to help students pay for the programs. The program is part of Cougar Kickoff, a two-week series of recreational and informational programs to prepare students for the new school year.

For more information on the university’s growing study abroad program, visit

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Photo caption: Melora Slotnick, right, and Neal McCrillis display the award check and notification from Edge Hill University.

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