DSU trip planned for tour of Turkey
by Rory Doyle
Jan 31, 2013 | 2612 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Turkey native Cetin Oguz is organizing another group trip to explore his homeland this spring.

Oguz, an associate professor of art at Delta State University, will be leading the 12-day excursion beginning May 7.

"The trip is titled 'Travel to Turkey 2013' and is open to students and community members," said Oguz. "It promises to be a valuable international learning experience."

Oguz last guided a trip to his home country in 2007 and is looking forward to sharing the rich Turkish traditions once again.

"It will be a good introduction for others to Turkey and help break preconceived ideas about a country from that region of the world," he said.

"Turkey has a very unique culture of diverse people, religions, lifestyles and even a strong contrast between the ancient and modern world," Oguz said. "It's also a place to witness the coexisting of Western and Eastern cultures in one place."

The primary goals of the journey are to visit historical sites, take guided tours, explore Biblical history and learn about the mixture of cultures that make Turkey so distinctive.

"Some of the highlights on the itinerary include Istanbul, Troy, Gallipoli, Pergamum, Ephesus and the west coast to visit the Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea."

There are five remaining spots to book the trip at full capacity. Those interested should contact Oguz immediately at coguz@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4720 or Elizabeth Joel in the Continuing Education office at 662-846-4871.

A community member price is $3,050 and includes all hotel stays and meals (not including drinks) for the first 10 days, professional tour guides, transportation, museum entrances and international and domestic flights.

Meals for the last two days, meals while at airports, free time expenses and spending money are not covered by the fee.

The student rate is $2,850 plus the tuition cost of three credits. Elective undergraduate and graduate credits will be awarded. All above-mentioned benefits will be included in the student price.

March 1 is the final day to submit payments.

Former DSU photography student Marya Paolillo had nothing but fond memories after attending the 2007 trip.

"To sum up my trip to Turkey I would have to say it was an adventure," said Paolillo. "Day after day we saw beautiful historical places and modern discoveries.

"It was a time of nonstop go and a learning experience with new friends that I will always have."  

Former graphic design student Laura Swanson echoed Paolillo's remarks.

"Although they may exist, I've never seen a city more active than Istanbul, a sea clearer than the Aegean and architecture as unique as I saw in Turkey."

Oguz added that he hopes to continue the trips in the future and is looking to offer another opportunity within two-to-three years.

The Delta State art department has also helped organize international trips to Italy and Austria.

"These study aboard trips are sponsored by the Graduate and Continuing Studies department and other academic departments," said Oguz. "Dean Beverly Moon and Elizabeth Joel have been integral in making it all happen."

Oguz first came to DSU as an exchange student-athlete in 1999 and developed into an All-American swimmer in 1999 and 2000. He has been instructing courses in painting, drawing and design since 2003.