Western Travels Around the World This May
Fifty Western students, faculty and community members are travelling to Belize, China, Ecuador, Egypt or Florence on the international trips offered through Western’s Extended University Studies program during Maymester 2013.
David Hyde is leading twelve students to Belize for a Mayan Archaeology Field School. This is a course designed to introduce students to the methods used to collect and analyze archaeological data in a hands-on field setting.
Shuling Zou is accompanying three students through the China Experience. Students are learning Chinese language and culture, and also examining the impetus behind the country’s growth and the challenges and opportunities of conducting business in the “Middle Kingdom.” They will spend two weeks in Qingdao and one week in Beijing.
Fourteen Western students are travelling to the heart of Egypt’s revolution this year for a course appropriately titled Protest, Emergent Democracy, and the Rose of Islam in Egypt. The course, led by Dan Cress, examines the protests that swept through Egypt toppling the military dictatorship and the resulting attempts of the Egyptian people to establish a democratic state. Students will visit Cairo to meet important participants in Egypt’s revolution, as well as historic sites in Alexandria, Luxor and Hurghada.
Five students are exploring the pictorial composition in Florence and Tuscany with Chase Hutchison. The group is travelling to a scenic and historic region of Italy where architecture and scenery inspire great artists, and exploring the compositional studies from urban Florence to rural Tuscan landscapes, as well as the composition of Italian masters.
A group of twelve students and community members leave for a Nepal Mountaineering Trek on June 5 with Chhiring Dorje Sherpa. They will be exploring the highest mountains and learning about the Sherpa culture with one of the world’s most experienced Himalayan mountain guides. Chhiring has summited Mount Everest 11 times, holds the record for three summits of Everest within two weeks and gained world wide recognition for his heroic rescue of another climber on K2 in 2008.
The trips are all part of Western State Colorado University’s Extended University Studies program, which offers a wide variety of courses throughout the year. Classes range from writing, to Yoga, to computers, to business and professional classes. Fall courses begin in late September and spring courses begin in February. In the summer, Western offers the Summer Teacher Institute to education professionals from around the country.
For information about class offerings, contact Extended University Studies at 970.943.2885 or click here to visit the Extended University Studies web page.