Herron, NWFSC arts department head, retiring in August

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

"Everybody's been asking for tips. We tell them be respectful and how to have your wits about you, and how to handle your money," Kania said.

The experience of staying with hosts on the island makes the visits personally and culturally enriching, Kania said.

"My experience having a host family was amazing, so when the opportunity to be a host came up, I couldn't wait," Kania said.

She and her husband, Kenneth, are reciprocating by hosting Mathias Leroy, one of two visiting French business interns in Crestview.

Diamond found himself in his host's fishing boat hauling in the evening's dinner. His experience was so positive that he has saved money to return to Noirmoutier in June with the Crestview Sister City program. One of the first things he hopes to do is to reunite with his host family.

Big shoes to fill

Herron will be succeeded by Jeremy Ribando, the division’s current chair, who will oversee the department's academic component, while current Mattie Kelly Center associate director Jeanette Shires will oversee the arts side.

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