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William Woods University
Volume 1, Issue 7
April 1, 2011
Students spend spring break in Italy
Twenty-two students and five chaperones returned
recently from a trip to Italy—a trip they described as an
“incredible experience” and “truly amazing.”
The trip, which was part of the cultural exposure
class Woods Around the World, took the students from
Rome to Venice and many cities in
between during their spring break,
March 11-20. This is the fifth year
of Woods Around the World, which
has previously studied Kenya, Peru,
American civil rights and
the Holocaust.
“An important part of a good
education is the ability to appreciate
a story other than your own,”
said the
Rev. Travis Tamerius
,
the class’s professor and campus
chaplain. “Woods Around the
World is designed to give students
experience in entering imaginatively
into someone else’s life and times,
to help them gain new perspective
by sharing perspective. This year, we
explored the Roman story and how
that rich tradition from the ancient
world has influenced our lives today.”
Such an approach broadens students’ education,
helping them to better understand globalization and
equipping them personally and professionally for their
future endeavors.
“Learning about all of the history before traveling was
the best thing I did. This made visiting and seeing them
myself 100 times better! I could rattle off facts about
By Jason Rose
them and it really connected the dots for me! It was
truly amazing!” said
Gina Davis.
Prior to the trip, students spent classroom time
studying history, art and architecture and prepared for
individual projects that reflected their time
and interests.
“Seeing with my own eyes
places that I have learned about in
textbooks was the most incredible
experience. It seemed like no matter
which direction one looked there
was always some beautiful and
historical piece of art or architecture
to see,” said
Stephanie Chism
.
In addition to Davis and Chism,
travelers were
Ilana Archuleta,
Angela Arizpe, Erica Begley,
Linsay Bernard, Meghan Bleigh,
Tiffany Bounds, Bridgette Doig,
Nicole Elliott, Amy Folkedahl,
Darian Horn, April Jones, Syndee
Kuster, Jordan Murray, Madeline
Ortego, Jason Rose, Mary Raines
Scriber, Kelcie Spradley, Elizabeth
Thomas, Katie Wolfert
and
Katherine Wortmann.
The students were accompanied
by
Dr. Sherry McCarthy
, vice president and academic
dean;
Venita Mitchell
, vice president and dean of
student life;
Paul Clervi
, professor emeritus of art, and
Susan Krumm
, WWU’s former director of university
assessment, and Tamerius.
“The trip for me was everything that I had hoped it
would be and more. The art and buildings that were
Students pose for a group picture in front of the
St. Francis Basilica (Nicole Elliott photo)
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