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Observer, Winter 2009

Interdisciplinary LearningInterdisciplinary Learning

On today’s college campuses, students are spending less time sitting in auditoriums passively listening to lectures and more time putting theories to the test in projects, interning in their fields of interest, studying abroad, and learning to think, speak, and write critically.

Teaching English in Afghanistan

“I’m a teacher and I truly believe education is the beginning of freedom.” That philosophy sent Beth Richards, director of rhetoric and professional writing in the College of Arts and Sciences, to Afghanistan for a month this past summer to teach English to engineering students
at Herat University.

Tree-Hugger Alumni Respond

“Recycling made beautiful,” declares the advertising tag line for Bracelets with a Conscience, the environmental brainchild of Ann Skydell Harmon ’78, Hartford Art School graduate and owner of Ann-Made, LLC, based in Point Pleasant, N.J. Harmon’s company creates wearable art in the form of bracelets for women and men made from recycled soda-can tabs, with bead and stone embellishments.

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A captain in the Army Corps of Engineers, currently stationed in Buffalo, N.Y., McKelvin came back to the University on a warm afternoon last May for a trip down memory lane.  Read more