Immersion Learning Leaves Impact
by Howard Hewitt
March 4, 2012
Wabash students have returned from spring break and those participating in Immersion Learning courses can now reflect on the life-changing experiences.
Three of five traditional immersion learning experiences stayed in the U.S. while two other groups traveled to Europe and Mexico.
Biology Professor Tami Ransom lead a group of biology majors in Southern Florida. Art Professor Doug Calisch supervised senior art students through New York City’s art museums and districts. Political Science Professor David Hadley had a group of students in Washington D.C. studying public policy.
The two groups which traveled abroad were led by one of the College’s newest professors, Lexi Hoerl, and a veteran of such trips, Rick Warner.
Hoerl took a group of students to Florence, Italy, where they studied public space and public art. Warner had students in Mexico to view Mayan ruins and learn about Archaeoastronomy.
There was an immersion experience going on at the Wabash campus as well. Business Leadership’s Betsy Knott supervised a group of students in the Business Immersion Program.
Students traveled to benefit humanity. Retired Mathematics Professor David Maharry headed up a small group of students who traveled to New Orleans to do work rebuilding homes in the area struck by Hurricane Katrina.
Another group of Wabash men visited South America doing medical mission work with FIMRC, the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children.