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Friday, May 19, 2006

Semester at Sea Congratulates Alumni Who Won 'The Amazing Race'

Semester at Sea Congratulates Alumni Who Won 'The Amazing Race'

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Semester at Sea congratulated former alumni, BJ Averell and Tyler Macniven, on winning the $1 million prize on the CBS reality TV show, "The Amazing Race." The million- dollar duo met on a Semester at Sea voyage four years ago, and are no strangers to adventures across the world. Averell and Macniven beat out other competitors in a 59,000-mile race that concluded in Denver on Wednesday.

"As every Semester at Sea alumni knows, traveling around the world is a life-changing adventure," explained Les McCabe, President of the Institute for Shipboard Education which runs the 43-year-old Semester at Sea program. "BJ and Tyler displayed an international savvy that allowed them to win the race. Semester at Sea has a 40-year track record of providing life-changing educational experiences. Our alumni tell us that Semester at Sea literally opens their eyes to the world."

The Institute for Shipboard Education sails Semester at Sea voyages during the spring, fall, and summer semesters of each year. For each semester-long voyage, the ship docks at an average of 10 ports all around the world. Approximately four hundred college students from around the world participate each semester. On board, students take a full course load of classes for college credit. While in port, students have the opportunity to interact with the people and cultures that they were studying in the classroom.

About Semester at Sea

The Institute for Shipboard Education is a non-profit, 501c3 organization that administers the Semester at Sea program. Semester at Sea is one of the longest standing and most well-known study abroad programs in the United States today. Since 1963, over 40,000 students have studied abroad on Semester at Sea and its predecessor programs. The Institute is committed to providing challenging and creative study abroad programming to help students prepare for the demands of an ever-changing world. The University of Virginia is the academic sponsor of Semester at Sea. Undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. and abroad participate each semester, earning academic credit from the University of Virginia. For more information, please visit

Source: Institute for Shipboard Education

CONTACT: Jennifer Quasdorf of Sightline Marketing, +1-202-342-8415, for Semester at Sea

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