Six Xavier Army ROTC cadets are selected for a highly competitive summer program in one of 33 foreign countries

The 30-day experience provides understanding of different cultures | March 2, 2012

This summer, six cadets from Xavier's Army ROTC military science program are traveling to different countries as participants in the U.S. Army’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program. This is the largest number of Xavier cadets ever participating in one summer.

The program provides cadets with a 30-day experience in a different country to gain an understanding of other cultures they could find themselves in as officers. The highly competitive program prepares cadets for cultural immersion through academic projects, missions and leadership development. The program pays for 1,000 cadets to study in 33 different countries.

The following Xavier cadets are participating in the program this summer:

• Matthew Hammer, a sophomore psychology major from Norwood, Ohio, is traveling to Tunisia.
• Kathleen Pember, a freshman nursing major from Cincinnati, is going to Croatia.
• Evan DeMott, a sophomore international business major from Germantown, Ohio, is traveling to Guatemala.
• Keith Topper, a sophomore political science major and education minor from Xenia, Ohio, goes to Tunisia.
• Nathan Leadingham, a sophomore criminal justice major from Avon, Ind., travels to Ukraine.
• Madalyn Robbins, a first-year natural sciences major from Scottsdale, Ariz., travels to Ghana.