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Markon heads to India to study

Justin Markon, son of Jennifer Larson of Maple, and Matthew Markon of Poplar, is studying in India during spring semester 2014 through the Office for Education Abroad at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Markon is a junior political science major at SJU.

The India program is located in the teeming metropolis of Kolkata (Calcutta), India’s third largest city. With a population of 15 million, Kolkata is known for its unique history, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and artistic construction. Students will study at India’s premier Jesuit Catholic university, St. Xavier’s College, where they study Bengali language, Indian history, society and culture, and the fine arts. There are more than 6,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at St. Xavier’s. Students will live with host families throughout the city. In addition to classes, students will volunteer extensively throughout the program doing projects focusing on the environment, teaching or community development.

Kristina Timmerman, instructor of biology at CSB and SJU, is the director of the spring 2014 program.