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ETSU's Niswonger VILLAGE is revealed

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A new simulation lab will help teach ETSU Public Health students more about health issues in third world countries.

The Niswonger VILLAGE is now open to educators and other community leaders.

It is located at the ETSU Eastman Valleybrook campus near Eastern Star Road.

It features exact replicas of homes that are located in the poorest regions of the world.

The idea is to give public health students some hands on experience they can use here, or in impoverished regions around the world.

"Really, what we're teaching is creative thinking, problem solving, team work and innovation. Giving our students the skills that they need to be successful as opposed to just the tools," Dean of the College of Public Health Randy Wykoff said.

"It's a real honor to be working with Dr. Wykoff through the Niswonger Foundation. This is just another way for us to expand our educational efforts within the region, but then take it globally," ETSU Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Niswonger added.

Niswonger also presented Dr. Wykoff with a $50-thousand dollar check to be used for the VILLAGE.

VILLAGE stands for Virtual International Living: Learning Across Global Environments.

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