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Breaking with the Spring Tradition
Wick Griswold, assistant professor of sociology, and Maria Johnson, an adjunct English professor, both of Hillyer College, will accompany a group of about 20 students to New Orleans March 17-22. The group will work with the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund and Oversight Coalition, a group of Hurricane Katrina survivors, to assist the organization in any way possible.
Griswold said that members of the group may be asked to move items out of collapsed buildings, repair family homes, or gather oral histories from Katrina survivors. They will sleep in a church basement in the Fifth Ward with minimal accommodations. There will also be approximately 400 other students from around the country helping the organization rebuild communities ravaged by Katrina.
David Goldenberg, dean of Hillyer College, gave students a bit of advice, "Remain flexible, this will be a great experience in social, cultural, and economic diversity," he said. "Just soak it all in and make it happen."
The University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is providing an alternative spring break experience March 18-28 for a group of about 50 students to help a community in Tallahassee, Fla. This will be the chapter's fifth alternative spring break.
Mathew Carlin, the Americorps VISTA representative on campus, said Tallahassee is still experiencing the effects of hurricanes that have hit the community during the past two years. The group, he said, will help to build two new homes for families during spring break.
They will work closely with the Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity chapter and stay in Habitat’s Hospitality Center. The Florida State University chapter will work with University of Hartford students and plan other projects for the group during the week. Carlin, who went on this trip as a student three times and then as an advisor, said the students are looking forward to working with the families they will help.
Professor Richard Freund, director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, will lead a group of 17 students and interested others to Spain March 16- 23 to visit the country’s ancient Jewish and Christian sites, and to study the country’s history and archaeology.
The highlight of the trip will be a visit to the Burgos excavations site, where a 14th century church is built on an 11th century synagogue that Freund is excavating. The group will also visit other archaeological sites including an excavated church built on top of a synagogue in Toledo. Also planned are visits to museums in Madrid, to the Prado, and to the new Guggenheim museum. The group will be hosted in Madrid for two festive Shabbat experiences.
Participants will photograph the trip for an exhibition that will be on display in the Silpe Gallery during Parents and Alumni Weekend this fall. Christine Dalenta, chief photographer for archaeology and photography courses and curator of the Sherman Museum, will supervise the photography for the exhibition.
Darryl McMiller, assistant professor of political science, and Stephan Bullard, assistant professor of biology, both of Hillyer College, will accompany a group of about 20 students to Bermuda March 18-23. The trip is designed for those interested in government or marine biology.
McMiller said students will learn how the parliamentary form of government in Bermuda works and how it is different from the U.S. system. He said visits with a member of Parliament and other government officials are planned.
Bullard and his students will focus on the topic of marine biology and Bermuda’s ecosystem, with a visit to the coral reefs, scuba diving, and kayaking.
Joan O’Mara, associate professor of speech and drama, and J. Holden Camp, associate professor emeritus of history, both of Hillyer College, will travel to London March 17-23 with 15 Hillyer College students. "This trip will give the students an experience outside the University and classroom setting and expose them to another culture," said O’Mara.
The students will attend "Evensong" at Westminster Abbey, and plays such as The Mouse Trap and the musical We Will Rock You. They will also tour the British Museum, the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, the National Art Museum, and St. Paul's Cathedral.