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Dobson and his students visited the famous Ferris wheel, the London Eye (background) and the Palace of Westminster (home of the United Kingdom’s House of Parliament).
Dobson leads 17th trip to Europe
Managment Professor Joe Dobson led a group of 10 students on a European Business Study in June. The trip began for WIU students in 1995, and has been held every year except 2009.
In London, the group visited Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, Bank of England,St. Paul’s Cathedral, Harrod’s, Cambdentown and Fuller’s Brewery. The trip continued in Paris and the following sites: Opera district (Printemps, Les Galeries Lafayette), Notre Dame, St. Chappelle, IBM e-Business Centre, Versailles, Louvre, D’Orsay, Ryst-Dupeyron wine and the Eiffel Tower.
One of this year’s highlights was a visit to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Whitechapel made Big Ben and the Liberty Bell.
Dobson noted, “This place has been around since before Shakespeare, and we stood on the exact spot the Liberty Bell was cast. When I kind of joked to the manager that the bell had a crack in it, without missing a beat he replied, ‘If you’ll return it in the original packaging and with the original receipt, we will gladly replace it at no charge.’ “
To date, more than 260 students have experienced Europe through Dobson’s study abroad cohort.