Friday, May 21, 2010

And They're Off !

Greetings, and welcome to the FGCU Saint Lucia Blogsite ! We leave Ft. Myers tomorrow morning at 5:00am (gulp) for our amazing trip to St. Lucia, a destination Oprah Winfrey labeled as one of the five places you must visit in your lifetime. We have an action packed itinerary focused on the culture and the ecology of this wonderful place, and I know we'll have lots to say about. So stay tuned, and we'll check in as soon as we can !


St. Lucia Interdisciplinary Field Experience: The Human-Land Relationship
May 22 – June 4, 2010
Faculty contacts in St. Lucia:
Patricia Fay, 1-758-284-7665,
Win Everham, 1-758-284-4805,
Balenbouche Estate, 1-758-455-1244,

Student Participants: Andrea Aguayo, Andrew Applegate, Ellen Boliek, Edward Challinor, Lindsey Clark, Lara Collier, Jan Erickson, Alexa Garcia, Mandy Hunt, Heather Shanahan

This summer, FGCU faculty members from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and from the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences will lead students from both areas on an interdisciplinary, international field experience to St. Lucia, an independent, English-speaking country in the Eastern Caribbean. Throughout the Spring 2010 semester, students have met together for language training, fundraising projects to offset trip costs, and cohort community building. Beginning in May, the course experiences have included two weeks of disciplinary training related to intended service projects, and shared interdisciplinary experiences to deepen and expand the cultural context. From May 22 – June 4, students and faculty travel to St. Lucia to explore the human-land relationship through the study of traditional craft practices and tropical island ecology. While on the trip, FGCU students will participate in community-based service-learning projects, including kiln building, classroom teaching, and establishment of interpretive nature trails. Returning to FGCU, students will document and share their experiences with the regional and FGCU communities at a public presentation on Thursday June 17 at 1:00 in the Ceramics Studio at the FGCU Arts Complex. We'll see you there !