Wabash Men Ready for Immersion Experiencesby Howard Hewitt • March 3, 2011
Vienna, the Amazon, and the Virgin Islands are just a few of the locations where Wabash students will get educational experiences outside the classroom over Spring Break, March 7-11.
Immersion learning trips are now occurring throughout the calendar year but have long been a fixture over Spring Break. Students are given the chance to travel the U.S. and abroad to study ideas and concepts beyond the classroom. The trips are free for students, with the exception of spending money, and is incorporated into their required coursework.
Most all of the groups will be updating blogs throughout the week. Students will be writing about the education experience, many will be abroad for the first time, and we're sure to have lots of photos.
Biology Professor Eric Wetzel will be leading a group of Bio student to the Peruvian Amazon. “We'll spend the week sampling different rainforest habitats for invertebrate diversity -- from the free-living to the parasitic, from soil communities to canopy communities (thanks to some recent treefalls!),” Wetzel said. “It should be quite an adventure.”
Another group of students will be off to the Virgin Islands for an English Department Travel Writing class. Professor Eric Freeze will lead the students on visits to Salt Pond Bay, National Park Reef Bay, and other key locations. The students will also volunteer with Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park. They’ll participate one day in park maintenance helping maintain trails and beautifying colonial ruins.
Each afternoon time is set aside for the students to write about their morning experiences.
Immersion learning veteran Professor Greg Redding will lead a group of students from his German 202 class to Vienna, Austria. The students will spend the week exploring the city’s museums, music, and old world culture.
Professors Peter Mikek and Ethan Hollander will take a group of Economics and Political Science students to visit Brussels and Frankfurt to study the European Union. The students will visit the U.S. Embassy, visit with the European Commission, and then on Wednesday take a train to Frankfurt, Germany. While in Frankfurt, the students will visit the US Consulate General, the Money Museum at Deutsche Bundesbank, and the European Central Bank. The Austrian trip is sponsored by the Rogge Fund.
Wabash sports teams will be on the road. The Wabash baseball team will play seven games during its eight-day trip to Los Angeles, beginning Saturday afternoon at Chapman University. Puerto Rico will be the Little Giant tennis team's destination, with competition scheduled against Sacred Heart, Minnesota State-Mankato, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez club team. The Wabash golf team will hone its skills on several courses around the Phoenix, Arizona area before competing on Wednesday against Mesa Community College at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa.
There will be non-immersion trips as well. The Glee Club will have its annual Spring Break Tour kicking off Saturday, Mar. 5 in Louisville, Kentucky, and will perform concerts in Washington, D.C.
The scheduled Glee Club performances include:
Saturday, Mar. 5, 7:00 PM concert
The Episcopal Church of the Advent
901 Baxter Ave, Louisville KY 40204
Sunday, Mar. 6, 1:30 PM concert
Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church
4725 Charlestown Rd, New Albany IN 47150
Monday, Mar. 7, 3:00 PM concert (20 minutes)
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave, NE, Washington DC 20017
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2:00 PM concert
Georgetown Retirement Residence
2512 Q Street NW, Washington DC 20007
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 7:00 PM dinner
Dinner with the Washington DC Assoc of Wabash Men
Capitol City BC Restaurant
2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC 20001
(to make dinner reservations, telephone R. Scott Medsker at 202-879-3837)
Thursday, Mar. 10, 6:15 PM concert
Hermitage Retirement Community
5000 Fairbanks Ave, Alexandria VA 22311
Saturday, Mar. 12, 11:00 AM concert
First Congregational Church UCC
444 E Broad St, Columbus OH 43215