Jerold Wikoff, Director of Publications & College Editor, offers his thoughts, reflections and observations on the "glorious orange and blue."
In 2009, many of our students have taken part in experiences around the world and blogged about them. Some of them are linked below.
First-year seminar: Tryin' to Find a Way Back Home
Students in Professor Chris Fee's first-year seminar, Tryin' to Find a Way Back Home: An Introduction to the Literature and Legacy of Homelessness in America, video-blog about the class and their four-day trip to Washington, D.C.
Model United Nations Blog
Ten students traveled to Philadelphia to take part in the 43rd annual University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations . Read about their experience.
The Center for Public Service
Follow the experiences of 22 CPS students as they build sustainable communities and promote social justice through partnerships, host family experiences, internships and the critical exchange of ideas in Gettysburg, Uganda, Nicaragua, Arizona, Ethiopia, Nepal and South Africa.
Model United Nations Blog
Six students traveled to the Hague for the Model United Nations Conference. Read about their experience.
Baltimore Project Service Learning Blog
Five students blog about their education-based spring break service learning trip to Baltimore.
Wilderness Institute Blog
As part of their leadership training, the staff of GRAB traveled to the Cochise Stronghold in Arizona.
Several students traveled to Gettysburg's sister city, Leon, Nicaragua for a Winter Break immersion trip.
Bright Lights! Big City! NYC, January 2009
Students spent three days in NYC networking and learning about careers in accounting, finance, marketing and human resources.
First-Year Seminar Trip to DC
English Prof. Chris Fee's first-year seminar, Tryin' to Find a Way Back Home: An Introduction to the Literature and Legacy of Homelessness in America culminates with four day service and experiential learning trip to our nation's capital.
Jennifer Lazuta '07 never expected to become a media star. She simply thought it would be "cool to run a marathon in Africa."
Lazuta is a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country on the cusp of the Sahara that is one of the poorest in the world. It's also culturally conservative and maintains extremely traditional gender roles - which meant that when Lazuta heard about the 2009 Ouaga-Laye Marathon and went to sign up, she was at first told she couldn't participate.
"The reason: I was white. I was American. I was a girl," Lazuta said. Only after much checking around did the officials decide she could compete.
Although Lazuta had never run a race longer than 10 km, she managed the first half without too much difficulty. "But then the heat and the fatigue and the pain started to kick in," she said.
Lazuta persevered, however, inspired by the enthusiastic calls of "nasara" ("white girl") and a running buddy she picked up along the way who urged her to cross the finish line together with him - which they did, after four hours.
The finish was a "bit hazy" for Lazuta. "I remember lots of cheering," she said, "and I know some army guys escorted me through the crowd since I could barely stand. Then all of the sudden there were microphones and cameras in my face. I thought all the hype was because I was the white girl, but then I realized they were asking what it was like to be the 2009 female champion."
That night Lazuta was featured as headline news on multiple TV stations, and on Monday morning she was on the front page of all the local papers.
Lazuta can be reached at email@example.com.