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In 2010, President Gordon kicked off Defiance College’s Imagine Campaign where he asked the Defiance Community to Imagine the following initiatives:
The application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 6, 2015. The proposal must be completed, then printed, signed and submitted in hard copy to Rena Rager, Administrative Assistant, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity.
One-day proposals are accepted on an on-going basis by submitting the completed form to Rena Rager, Administrative Assistant, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity.
Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of both faculty and staff.
The Committee will provide the Provost with its recommendations; however, the Provost will be responsible for the final approval of all trips.
ATTENTION STUDENTS: Approved Imagine Initiative trips for the 2014/2015 academic year have been listed below. If you are interested in any of these upcoming initiatives, please contact the trip leader by clicking on their DC webmail link.
LOCATIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR THE 2015/2016 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE ROME, PARIS AND AMSTERDAM.
While the trip is open to any student at Defiance College, the men’s basketball team has been afforded the opportunity to participate in international “friendly” competition with local teams of Costa Rica, an extremely rare experience within basketball, and college athletics as a whole. The agenda revolves around the team activities. Non-team members will be afforded some additional cultural exchanges during team practice times to help enrich their experience, but all group participants will attend games and the service project. The group will engage in a service and volunteer experience mentoring youth during a basketball clinic. Environmental issues specific to the rain forest will be a primary focus of this trip. Exploring and experiencing this habitat through a variety of “adventures” in rural areas of Costa Rica. The group will interact with the environs and people that populate this remote region of Central America.
The Jamaica Experience
The Jamaica trip, planned for November 24-30, 2014, will be a one-week emersion into the culture of the island. Students will be placed in the homes of host families consisting of teachers and administrators from Marymount High School. Defiance College has enjoyed a close relationship with Marymount since 2000 and, in fact, has welcomed eight students from there onto its campus since 2003. The itinerary for the week will include, but not be limited to, teaching and visiting with classes at Marymount High School and other local schools; worshipping at Bethel United Church; fishing for shrimp with the local women and children at Rock River and then sharing a meal of cornmeal porridge cooked at the river; attending youth fellowship at a local church with the assistant counselor from Marymount; visiting Clonmel Pottery and Pringle Home for Children; enjoying an evening of food and traditional song, dance, and recitation of patois poetry at the Christian Service International mission house; and relaxing in the surf of the Caribbean Sea at James Bond Beach. This trip is led by Craig Rutter and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Berlin Memorials: Memory, Trauma & Art
Led by Jason Stockman and Elcin Haskollar, students will learn about the social and historical perspectives of World War II, Hitler’s rise, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the differences between East and West Berlin vis-à-vis art and architecture. Additionally, this trip will bring DC students in contact with German undergraduate students at the Free University of Berlin. Students will attend lecture and engage in a cross-cultural dialogue with German students about their experiences. This trip is scheduled to depart Defiance College on November 24, 2014 and return November 29, 2014. For more information, please contact Jason Stockman at email@example.com or Elcin Haskollar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I See London, I See…
Spending a week in London, students will explore British history and the Royal family and immerse themselves in the British culture by partaking in 8unique experiences. Visits will include the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, London Eye and Westminster Abbey. A trip to London is not complete without visiting the royal landmarks of Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace and viewing the changing of the guard. Also included is a guided tour through the English countryside with a stop at the mysterious Stonehenge. Students will also learn about the art, food drink, customs, sports and traditions of England. The trip is planned for March 7-12, 2015 and led by and Kathleen Westfall, email@example.com and Chris Medjesky, firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine London 2
For those students who really want to travel to London but can’t do it over Spring Break, this trip, led by Tina Mohring, email@example.com and Brad Harsha, provides you the opportunity to do just that. This trip is planned for May 7-12, 2015 and is designed to create an inexpensive travel experience attainable for students that otherwise could not afford to participate. Participants will spend three to four days in London exploring the city’s history, politics, art, theater, professional sports, climate and daily life.
Honors International Study
The Carolyn M. Small Honors Program offers its members the opportunity to travel internationally each academic year. The trip will be accompanied by an academic course focused on the various aspects of the location chosen for the international trip. The course and the travel will engage students during the spring semester, 2015. The tentative site being explored for spring break, 2015 is in Central America. Mary Ann Studer, firstname.lastname@example.org will be leading this experience.
Each year, the Criminal Justice Society travels to a metropolitan location. The purpose is to expose students, over their four-years of study, to multiple cultures, regions and criminal justice agencies. Led by Steve Sondergaard, email@example.com, this trip of 25 students will travel to Detroit, MI on March 18, 2015 through March 20, 2015. Tours include the Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Jail, Wayne County Medical Examiner and the United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue Station.