The 10 international students enrolled in this year’s American Business Experience program at St. Ambrose University will gather today to plant a tree outside Hagen Hall as a token of friendship.

The students are from St. Francis College in Hyderabad, India, said 

St. Ambrose professor Arun Pillutla, who is chairman of the managerial studies department and director of the American Business Experience program.

“Basically, the tree is a mark of friendship between the two institutions, St. Francis and St. Ambrose,” Pillutla said. “Our president, Sister Joan (Lescinski), went to India and met with the faculty of St. Francis and signed a letter of understanding.

“This is the second group of students we’ve had in the program, and they wanted to plant a tree outside of Hagen Hall, where the students live when they come here.

“It’s a nice gesture. It cements the relationship between the two schools and builds good will. The tree grows and so does our friendship. The tree gives fruit and so does the friendship.”

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The planting will take place at 9 a.m., he added.

St. Ambrose developed the American Business Experience so international students could come to the U.S. and the Quad-Cities in particular to learn about business.

The four-week program has morning classroom sessions Monday-Friday, followed in the afternoon with a visit to a local company.

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