Global Winter Session
During Winter Session, international activities included Chinese students studying in New Jersey, alternative service trips in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, Global Scholars traveling to Spain and England and part of a course being held in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Chinese Program — Visiting Students
On the last day of 2011, FDU welcomed 11 high school students and their teachers from Zhaoxing, China, who stayed at the Metropolitan Campus until January 21, 2012, as part of the FDU-China Exceptional Program. The students participated in a three-credit intersession course, The Global Exchange: New York City as a Classroom, taught by Mutiara Mohamad, director, programs in language, culture and professional advancement (PLCPA), University College (Metro). In addition to the course, the class also visited the United Nations Headquarters, the Empire State Building and the 9/11 Memorial; watched a Broadway show; and toured several museums in the metropolitan area. If the students decide to come to the United States for undergraduate study at FDU, the three credits will be counted into their total credits for graduation.
High school students and teachers from Zhaoxing, China, in the lobby of Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus, with Mutiara Mohamad, front row, third from left, director, programs in language, culture and professional advancement (PLCPA), University College (Metro); Christopher Capuano, back row, right, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor); and Lisetty Nigrinis, front row, second from right, assistant director for global partnerships and director, American Language and Culture Program (Metro).
Alternative Winter Break Service Trips
For the third consecutive year, College at Florham students and their chaperones traveled over international waters to participate in alternative winter break service trips with a focus on service, education and leadership.
On January 10, 12 students, led by Brian Mauro, dean of students (Flor), and Adrienne Booth Carr, head women’s lacrosse coach (Flor), visited Manzanillo, Costa Rica, spending nine days living among the locals while rehabilitating a beach, rebuilding two bus stops, performing general maintenance on the local school and collecting green beach almonds to help feed the endangered macaws housed at the Great Green Macaw Preservation Center in town, which is responsible for breeding and releasing more than 100 birds into the wild during the last 15 years. The students found the Costa Rica trip rich with experiences as the team got a chance to learn about the history of the land and people, take a tour through the jungle and learn not only about the wildlife but also the habitat in which it dwells.
Top photo: While in Costa Rica, students visited the home of Daniel Twomey, second row, third from left, retired, management (Flor), and his wife, Rosemarie Twomey, second row, fourth from left, retired business law (Flor). With the students and tour guides are Brian Mauro, first row, left, dean of students (Flor); and Adrienne Booth Carr, first row, second from left, head women’s lacrosse coach (Flor).
Bottom photo: Brian Swanzey, second from left, director, study-abroad programs (Metro/Flor), and Cameron Govan, fifth from left, campus life coordinator (Flor), with students in the Hogar del Niño playground in the Dominican Republic.
FDU students have been traveling to Manzanillo since 2005, when the trip was originally a Silberman College of Business class focusing on the entrepreneurship of the local businessmen and women and run by Rosemarie Twomey, retired business law (Flor), and Daniel Twomey, retired, management (Flor). On their trip, the service group visited the Twomeys at their Costa Rican home. For some student experiences go to http://inside.fdu.edu/prpt/fduexperiencescostarica.html .
On January 11, 12 students led by Brian Swanzey, director, study-aboard programs (Flor/Metro), and Cameron Govan, campus life coordinator (Flor), set out for La Romana, Dominican Republic, to spend 11 days at Hogar del Niño, a school of 1,500 underprivileged children, supported solely by donations with a mission to provide children with basic needs and break the cycle of poverty. During what felt like summer days yet was considered to be the winter/spring season of the Dominican Republic (DR), the team, fondly referred to as the DReam Team, bathed, changed and fed infants in the Sala Cuna. Time was also found to plant a garden — home to tomatoes and red peppers; paint a mural in the Consultorio Dental (dentist office) making the best out of the limited supplies; as well as making their rounds with the older kids — playing baseball, constructing mobiles for cribs and designing flowers out of plastic soda bottles and egg crates in preparation of Hogar del Niño weekend with a recycling theme.
For some student experiences go to http://inside.fdu.edu/prpt/dominicanrepublicservice.html . For a video of their stay go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYC0vY2VD28& .
The close interaction and relationships built with the members of the community are an important part of the service trips.
Global Scholars in England and Spain
Craig Mourton, assistant campus provost (Metro), and Vidal Lopez, assistant dean of students (Metro), accompanied three Metropolitan Campus Global Scholars on the annual winter break trip to Wroxton College, England, from January 2 to 10. The trip’s purpose was to expose first-year Global Scholar students to the Wroxton campus. While at Wroxton, the students and the staff members attended lectures on British culture that were led by Nicholas Baldwin, dean, Wroxton College. Two lectures occurred at the beginning of the visit in order to prepare the students for their experiences, and the final occurred at the end of the visit to discuss observations. The group also attended a lecture by Pamela Mason, Wroxton faculty, on Shakespeare’s play “Measure for Measure.” Then the group went to Stratford-upon-Avon and attended the evening performance of the play. Other activities included day trips to Banbury, London and Oxford.
Top photo: In front of the Abbey in Wroxton College, England, are, from left, Vidal Lopez, assistant dean of students (Metro); students Aneta Zaniewska, Alexis Acevedo and Iwon Sato; and Craig Mourton, assistant campus provost (Metro).
Bottom photo: Global scholars and FDU faculty enjoyed lunch at a farmhouse restaurant in Costa Brava, Spain. They are, from left, student Michel’le Bryant; Laureano Corces, Spanish (Flor); students Andrew Iuzzolino, Marc Martora and Anthony Mell; and Samuel Raphalides, political science (Metro), and director Global Scholars program, Metropolitan Campus.
A trip to Barcelona, Spain, for upper-class Global Scholars was held from January 9 to 17, 2012. Among the many sites visited of cultural and historical importance and interest were Antoni Gaudi’s architectural wonder the Sagrada Familia, which although incomplete is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Gaudi’s Casa Batlló; the Museo d’Historia de la Ciutat (the City’s Museum of History); the Dali Museum; the medieval Monastery of Pedralbes; and the Greek ruins at Empuries. “Appreciating Barcelona’s culture requires, too, a visit to Camp Nou stadium with its world-class football museum,” said Samuel Raphalides, political science (Metro), and director Global Scholars program, Metropolitan Campus. This scholars’ group also included Laureano Corces, Spanish (Flor), who planned the sites to visit and instruction.
Vietnam and Cambodia
Fifteen students traveled on a 17-day trip, January 3 to 20, to Vietnam and Cambodia, as the optional study-abroad component of the Pacific Worlds class, taught by Gary Darden, U.S. history (Flor). Gloria Pastorino, Italian/French (Flor), and Matthieu Boyd, literature (Flor), also joined the group.
Darden explained that beginning with the Spanish-American War in 1898, the United States fought no fewer than five ground wars in East Asia that, collectively, lasted nearly 19 years and killed at least 150,000 Americans. The role of Vietnam and Cambodia with a century of French colonial rule, Japanese Occupation in World War II, the French and American Wars and the genocide of the Khmer Rouge resulted in the deaths of more than 5 million Southeast Asians.
The legacy of these historic moments defined many of the Vietnam sites that the group saw, from Ho Chi Minh’s tomb in Hanoi to the War Remnants Museum in the former headquarters of the U.S. Information Service Building in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Students walked over the Hien Luong Bridge at the 17th Parallel, which once divided North and South Vietnam, and trekked, hunched over, through 200 meters of the Vinh Moc Tunnels, which carried military supplies for North Vietnam in the war against South Vietnam and U.S. forces.
At the Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia are, from left, Matthieu Boyd, literature (Flor); Gloria Pastorino, Italian/French (Flor); Gary Darden, U.S. history (Flor); and senior history major Kiersten Fuchs.
In Cambodia, students walked miles (and even rode elephants) around the ancient ruins of Angkor, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which are emblematic of the sophistication of Southeast Asian civilization between the 9th and 15th centuries. “But for all of us,” said Darden, “the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the capital of Phnom Penh was the most startling.” There the Khmer Rouge communists incarcerated and tortured approximately 17,000 prisoners between 1975 and 1979, of which only seven survived. This was followed by a drive to the Choeung Ek “Killing Fields,” where these prisoners were executed with farm implements (to save bullets) and dropped in mass graves. The skeletal remains have since been exhumed, leaving a moonscape of pits, and the bones placed in a Memorial Stupa, stacked like cord wood in a glass column by bone type and with the blunt trauma cracks visible in the skulls. “The lessons of such experiential learning can never be fully taught in the classroom. It was seen firsthand and felt deeply,” said Darden.
To see two photo galleries of the Vietnam/Cambodia trip, visit FDU on Facebook . For some student experiences go to http://inside.fdu.edu/prpt/vietnamcambodiaadventure.html .
In addition to the group of Global Scholars visiting Wroxton in January, 11 QUEST students participated in the field experience at Wroxton, fulfilling their classroom hours at local Wroxton/Banbury schools.
Also, students in the master of fine arts program again did their creative-writing residency at Wroxton in January.