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Student selected to aid in Cyprus land dispute

By Karah Woesner

A Miami accountancy student was one of only 12 students nationwide chosen to help solve a dispute among landowners in Cyprus.

Heather Hayes, a senior from North Canton, joined 96 international students in Cyprus Sept. 10-17 to conduct a case study of Akamas, a forest region. A group of Miami business professors recommended Hayes for the project, which was sponsored by the accounting firm Pricewater-houseCoopers.

Private landowners, government officials and church leaders have debated for 15 years whether to turn Akamas into a nature preserve or to develop it into a tourist attraction. The students divided into groups of six to generate proposals for a presentation to local government and tourist agencies. They explored the Akamas region on Jeep safaris and discussed the land debate with villagers.

"One specific proposal wasn’t chosen over all others," Hayes said. "They asked us to help them so they could use our ideas for brainstorming and to get outside perspectives."

Hayes’ group proposed a land exchange among the disputants and tourist development outside the Akamas region, she said.

Hayes was chosen based on her academic accomplishments, outstanding communication skills and ability to handle herself overseas, said Larry Rankin (accountancy).

"It says a lot about Miami that the big accounting firms are interested in sending our students abroad to work on important national issues. Heather is an excellent student and very deserving of this honor," Rankin said.

Hayes will graduate in December.

Woesner is a student writer in the news and public information office.

Date Published: 10/06/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 11


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