Friday, April 18, 2014

Technology Makes the World Smaller

Technology (when it works correctly or when the user works it correctly) can be a wonderful thing! Above is a picture of the video screen from the London pre-departure class last week. You can see the students in the classroom on the CSC campus as well as another student who is participating in the class from Lander, Wyoming where she works in an elementary school.  The topic of the class that day was British culture and language.  Who better to discuss this with the students than a 'real proper Brit'? Graciously, as always, Constable Richard Watson of the Metropolitan Police Service spared some of his free time with us and joined the class from his home outside of London.  Constable Watson educated the group on the Queen's English, safety precautions 'whilst travelling', and general cultural differences between the English and Americans.  Most importantly, he made the students laugh, put them at ease about what to expect in London, and amped up the excitement level considerably.  We are hopeful to 'see' him in class again and are looking forward to spending time with him while we are in London.

A huge thanks to Jereme Patterson, CSC Information Technology Teaching Analyst (aka IT Go To Guy) for working long hours to discover the glitch in the system and figuring out a work around so that we could all be together for class!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Tradition Continues

I've been thinking about the topic of my first post for quite some time.  Should I discuss the overwhelming feeling of "you must be forgetting something" as I prepare to guide this year's group of students on the study abroad trip?  Maybe I should offer some thoughts on the Royal Wedding which will be taking place in a matter of hours.  As I put aside all of the details and distractions associated with the study abroad course, it became very clear to me what my first post would be. (I guess the photo kind of gives it away).  So much that is good in my life I owe to Dr. George Watson and his wife Kit and their children - including my involvement in this amazing study abroad program!  35 years ago George and Kit packed up a group of Chadron State College students and off they went to Europe - since that first trip, hundreds of CSC Justice Studies students have had the opportunity to experience the culture, tradition, and legal system of a country George loved.  George showed me that study abroad programs provide a life-changing experience - positive and sustainable personal, academic and professional growth.  It is a privilege to carry on the program he was so passionate about.  And yes Kit, we will raise our glasses to both you and George for giving us all this opportunity.