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Puppy Practice
President Dennis J.
Murray and his wife, Marilyn (center),
welcomed Guiding Eyes for the Blind
(GEB) puppies and their raisers to the
Marist football stadiumthispast fall.
Exposure to crowds is an important
partof trainingthedogs.Visitinginthe
Andrea Abramovich with North, Kathi Carey
with Farley, Susan Eberth with Maple, Joan
Morehouse with Nanette, Lisa Staryak, a GEB
volunteer and Marist student, and (kneeling)
Jill Snadecki with Randy.
While the trip to Haiti was indepen-
dently organized, Marist offered a number
of short-term abroad programs during
Spring Break. Thirty students enrolled
across three programs to Israel, Japan,
and Germany and the Czech Republic.
A group of six students and three
chaperones led by Chief Public Affairs
Offcer and Adjunct Professor TimMassie
took part in the frst Marist-sponsored
trip to the Holy Land. Students in
Massie’s class, “In the Footsteps of Jesus
and the Prophets,” visited historical sites
presented in the Bible. The sites includ-
ed Jericho, the Jordan River, Tiberias,
Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Cana,
Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Masada, the
Dead Sea, and Qumran.
Massie credits the success of the trip to a
close-knit group and an incredible tour guide.
“He made the theology, history, and architec-
ture of Israel come alive,” says Massie. “Every
student told me that this trip changed his or
her life.”
Senior Nicholas Mayr’s interest in poli-
tics and desire for religious understanding
inspired him to sign up. “It was a tremen-
dous experience to be in the places I have
heard about for years in the Gospels and the
Bible generally,” says Mayr. “These writings
mean a lot more to me now because now they
are on a scale I can relate to.”
Associate Dean of Student Affairs Steve
Sansola headed up a trip to Berlin, Germany,
and Prague, Czech Republic, to explore the
fundamentals of Judaism through European
Jewish history, ideas, beliefs, and customs.
Students had the opportunity to meet with
local residents and scholars.
“The recipe that takes place—the lectures,
flms, guest speakers, and then fnally the
travel—is really a very natural progression,”
says Sansola. “It comes to life when students
can physically put themselves in a moment
in time.”
Students were most riveted by the Jewish
Museum Berlin. Many were also intrigued by
Prague and its unique combination of medi-
eval Europe and modern society.
“Being in Prague felt like we went back in
time and that we were in a completely differ-
ent land,” says Jesenia Sanchez ’12. “Every
place and building has a story.”
A third trip was led by Richard Lewis,
chair of Art and Art History. The class, which
enrolled 14 students, was titled “Visions of
Japan: From Ancient Art to Animé.” The
11-day journey began in Kyoto, the center
of the Japanese empire for a thousand years,
followed by a day trip to Hiroshima. Travels
concluded in Tokyo.
Students were particularly affected by the
visit to Hiroshima. “When people learn about
Hiroshima, they usually have an image of an
atomic bomb exploding, and then what the
city looked like afterward,” says Lewis. “On
this trip, students really came to understand
the magnitude of the bomb’s effect on the
people and culture of Japan.”
Students on each trip recall the long,
introspective conversations every night about
what they had learned from their travels. And
professors echo the sentiment. “When we have
those conversations,” says Massie, “you know
students are learning a lot from their experi-
Amanda Letchko ‘12 (left) andCarolineGreer
‘11 enjoyed a seven-course banquet while
staying at a ryokan (traditional Japanese
inn) on the island of Miyajima.
Hope for Haiti
fundraiser in
January 2010 following the earthquake in
Haiti raised nearly $8,800 for emergency
relief efforts there… In November 2009
Campus Ministry programs
raised more
than $6,000
for local food banks and dis-
tributed45 foodbaskets toneedy families,
supported by more than 1,000 student
volunteers… In December, Marist faculty,
staff, and students again supported the
annual Giving Tree project, donating 744
gifts to 27 local families. More than 360
students volunteered.
Fac u lt y Wo r k S
Dr. David J. Purvis
has added two new
titles, Chemistry and The Cell, to his Dr.
Dave’s Teaching Manual series for sci-
ence teachers. The five previous manu-
als are Solar System, Oceans, Electricity,
Phases of Matter, and Digestion (Royal
Dr. JudithSaunders
has written Reading Edith Wharton
Through a Darwinian Lens: Evolutionary
Biological Issues inHer Fiction (McFarland
& Co., Inc., Publishers).
Dr. Jan
and Sharon F. Cramer have
written A Teacher’s Guide to Change:
Understanding, Navigating and Leading
the Process (Corwin Press).
First River: The History and Culture of the
Hudson River Valley offers 18 essays
from 25 years of the Hudson River Valley
Review, the academic journal published
by the Hudson River Valley Institute. The
book is edited by
Dr. Thomas Wermuth
Dr. JamesM. Johnson
, and