Throughout the 2008-09 academic year, students and faculty have shared news of their research and travels around the world and at SMU on the Student Adventures blog. Highlights this spring included:
• SMU’s Model United Nations team, which was invited to represent the Vatican in the World Model U.N. 2009 Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.
• Alternative Spring Break bloggers, including the students, staff and faculty who volunteered in Appalachia, Tennessee, and New York City.
• Shelby and Kelsey in the new Education Abroad program SMU-in-Cairo. They have climbed Mount Sinai and explored pyramids, in addition to studying at the American University in Cairo.
If you know students or faculty whom you consider Adventurers – whether they’re researching, traveling volunteering, leading or interning this summer – contact Sarah Hanan in SMU News and Communications, 214-768-7622.
• Meet the bloggers at SMU Student Adventures
Nearly 50 SMU community members will leave campus March 6 for a journey into living history. The 2009 Civil Rights Pilgrimage departs at 3 p.m. for an 8-day bus ride to the South’s civil rights landmarks.
This year’s contingent includes 18 undergraduates and 8 Master of Liberal Studies students, as well as 20 staff and other SMU community members, says Dennis Simon. Simon and Matthew Wilson, both associate professors of political science in SMU’s Dedman College, will make the pilgrimage, along with CRP Trip Coordinator Ray Jordan of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life.
Participants “will meet and talk with the keepers of history,” says Simon, whose undergraduate course “Basic Issues in American Democracy” includes a focus on civil rights issues. “This trip helps to achieve what I call immersion – students will see and experience what they’ve been studying in my class.”
The 8-day journey includes stops in Little Rock, Arkansas; Selma (for the Bloody Sunday anniversary), Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama; Oxford, Mississippi; and Memphis, Tennessee.
Watch the SMU Forum for more news about the 2009 Pilgrimage. (Above, 2008 pilgrimage participants visit Brown Chapel AME Church where the Selma-to-Montgomery marches were staged and to which marchers retreated on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. Coach Lawrence Huggins, a teacher at the time of the marches, is standing in front of the group.)
• Learn more about the Civil Rights Pilgrimage at the SMU Chaplain’s website
As Spring Break 2009 approaches, SMU encourages all students, faculty and staff to heed U.S. Department of State travel warnings. Information about travel warnings, including specific information about trips to Mexico, can be found at travel.state.gov.
Meanwhile, several SMU students are spending their March hiatus building homes, preserving natural resources and delivering meals across the United States as part of 2009 Alternative Spring Break.
Led by SMU’s campus community service organization SPARC (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Citizenship) and Office of Leadership and Community Involvement (LCI), students will work with community agencies including:
Learn more about this year’s trips at SMU’s Alternative Spring Break website. (Above, a photo of students participating in the 2008 Alternative Spring Break in Taos, posted at SMU’s Student Adventures website.)
• Visit the SPARC website
• Visit the LCI website
• Read the U.S. State Department travel alert for Mexico