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FGCU Honors College Partners With Peruvian Amazon Project

Andrew Coelho
A river surrounded by cliffs

Project Amazonas is an NGO focusing on medical, ecological and social needs in the Peruvian Amazon. It considers itself a good way for students to get real world experience in related fields and has offered partnerships with students and colleges for more than 20 years.

Its latest partnership is with the fledgling honors college at FGCU, which will be hosting its presentation for the honors students tonight on campus.

Dr. Devon Graham is the president and scientific director of Project Amazonas. He joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about the group's humanitarian efforts and the work it's done led by students.

He is joined by Clay Motley, the director of the honors college, who will discuss FGCU's work with the group and how it will benefit the Southwest Florida community in the future.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.