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Slovakia and More

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of features on recipients of the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award. The award, named after the late 1963 Keuka graduate, is supported by Brown’s family and the Class of ’63. It is designed to assist students pursuing culturally-oriented Field Periods.

What began as a Skype session with high school students in Assistant Professor of Education Klaudia Lorinczova’s native country of Slovakia last year has turned into a Field Period opportunity for Keuka students.

The students will have the chance to travel to Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Austria during a summer Field Period.

Junior Tyler Kroon is among those who will travel to the three European Union countries.

“I’ve been fortunate to grow up as part of a family who places a high value on experiencing other cultures, so after reading about Judith Oliver Brown, I was excited to discover her love for travel, too,” said Kroon, a unified childhood/special education major from Canandaigua.

And while Kroon may be a seasoned traveler—he’s been to such countries as Italy, Fiji, and New Zealand, among others—he expects this Field Period to be “especially eye-opening.

“We will have the opportunity visit the high school we began Skyping with, so we will have the chance to interact with those Slovakian students,” he said. “This is particularly interesting to me because I believe that our education in the U.S. is narrowly focused. I would like to bring my experiences from schools in other countries into my future classroom to provide my students with a more culturally diverse education.”

Kroon and others on the trip will tour local landmarks, town centers, castles, and manor houses. The group will also explore the cities of Prague, Nitra, Banska Stiavnia, and tour the United States Embassy in Bratislava.

“Not only do I want to learn about the culture and history of the three countries we will visit, I want to develop the ability to function and interact with the people who live there,” said Kroon. “And I want to gain an understanding of important historical and political events that have helped shape Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Austria.”

Kroon is also interested in art, “so this trip will be an amazing opportunity to take photographs of castles and other sights unique to central Europe. I’m especially hoping for free time on this trip to people-watch and sketch scenes from the various places we’ll be learning about.”

Library Lingo

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of six profiles of nominees for the 2012 Student Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the Annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 16.

Carol Sackett, circulation supervisor in Lightner Library, says “it is sometimes difficult to find a student that represents the higher goals that place them in the status of the Student Employee of the Year category.”

However, she says senior Charlie Clark fulfills these goals with “grace and style,” and Sackett is confident in her nomination of the Cheektowaga resident for the award.

Clark, a unified childhood/special education major, has worked as a student circulation desk and lab assistant for two years and has “always been one of the backbones of our student workers in the library,” said Sackett. “She is cheerful and continuously inspires other workers to do their best. She possesses superior leadership skills and has been a wonderful mentor to all workers.” (more…)

The Consummate Mail Clerk and More

Editor’s Note: This is the first of six profiles of nominees for the 2012 Student Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the Annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 16.

According to Teri Spoor, IKON site supervisor, Tyler Moran, a senior adolescent English/special education major from Sandy Creek, deserves the Student Employee of the Year award for several reasons.

Moran has worked in the mail room as a mail clerk for two years, and while his job description says he is responsible for the distribution of all mail on the Keuka campus, and assisting with copy jobs as needed, Spoor says Moran does much more than that.


Cultural Immersion: Senior to Travel through Europe

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of features on recipients of the Judith Oliver Brown Memorial Award.

Heather Graff

This month, senior Heather Graff will travel to several countries in Europe as part of her fifth Field Period.

Four are required for graduation.

“I decided to complete a fifth Field Period because this will be an entirely different opportunity than my other Field Periods,” said the unified childhood/special education major from Amsterdam. “I believe I should get as much out of my time at Keuka as I can, and my fifth Field Period, where I will travel around Europe, is the perfect culmination of my work at Keuka College.”

While at Keuka, she has “learned how valuable experiential hands-on learning is, and I am excited to take it to an international level.”

With that in mind, Graff will travel to such countries as England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, and France.

“I believe this opportunity will help me gain a better understanding of these countries, their people, and cultures,” said Graff. “Through exploration of these countries, I will be able to see not only the difference in cultures, but the similarities in all people regardless of where they live. I hope to experience how people act and live in the various communities I visit by immersing myself into their day-to-day interactions and behavior.”

Graff intends to back-pack through Germany and France, travel by train, and stay at hostels to “get a better feel for the people in these countries.”

Graff also plans to compare the cultural differences between America and Europe by sampling local cuisines, visiting historical sites, and interacting with people.

“Many professions and jobs are becoming international,” said Graff. “I’d like to have some experience in some different countries in case an international job opportunity comes my way. I also think it is important to be culturally aware because classrooms are so diverse. If I can pull from experiences like this trip in my teaching, the topic may seem more exciting and relevant to the students.”

The Slovakian Connection

What recently transpired in a Keuka College classroom is further proof that the world is getting smaller.

High school students in a Slovakian classroom use Skype to chat with Keuka students in an education classroom.

Some 30 students in Assistant Professor of Education Denise Love’s EDU 105: Education of Diverse Learners class, used Skype to find out what makes Slovakian students tick.

And vice versa.