December 06, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Tracey Niemotko, a Mount Saint Mary College accounting
professor (far right), Skype chats with Volgograd State University
in Russia on December 1. Joining in was Moira Tolan, business
professor and business graduate program coordinator
Tracey Niemotko, Mount Saint Mary College professor of
accounting and chair of the School of Business, recently brought
her classroom to Russia via a Skype video chat.
Mount faculty and students connected with about 20 students at
the Volgograd State University in Russia on December 1. Both groups
learned about their foreign counterparts’ culture and lifestyle.
Topics discussed include studies, work, family life, leisure time,
social networking, and gadgets.
The Russian students emphasized that it is common to obtain an
education beyond the traditional college degree in order to get a
job. Both the American and Russian students noted that hands-on
experience is critical for meaningful employment, but the Mount
students have access to internship opportunities, such as those
obtained though the college’s Career Center. Internships, learned
the Mount students, are not as widely available in Russia.
Niemotko is no stranger to international academics; she has been
collaborating with professor Olga Lomakina of Volgograd State
University for years. The partnership has blossomed into Skype
presentations, and a visit from Niemotko to the Russian university
on the 20th year jubilee of the Volzhsky Institute of
While in Russia, Niemotko also spoke to Volgograd economic and
law students on “American Businesses: The Challenge to Remain
Competitive in the Global Economy.”