Traveling Scholars

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

From Celtic castles to Spanish bull fights and American fossils to Mediterranean biblical artifacts, this summer has been anything but routine for Cedarville University students and professors. They melded their studies with truly hands-on experiences as they completed study trips to Ireland, Spain, Greece, Italy, and America’s national parks.

Dr. Peggy Wilfong, a professor of English, traveled with 12 students to Dublin School of Business and Arts in Ireland, where she taught a British literature survey course. The group also explored a variety of Irish sites, including cathedrals, castles, museums, and the famed Stone Age site of Newgrange.

“What I gleaned through experiencing Ireland far surpasses anything that I could ever learn from a book or classroom!” said Jenna Marcum, a junior philosophy and communication arts major. “Our professor not only encouraged us to explore the area and culture on our own, but integrated it into the curriculum. We had class in famous parks, took field trips to ancient ruins, and toured museums. It was a wonderful experience that I would do again in a heartbeat. I look forward to seeing what programs Cedarville will offer this coming May!”

Dr. Franco Gandolfi (associate professor of international business) led a group of six students to the major economic centers of Seville, Madrid, and Barcelona (Spain). The students engaged in a feasibility study on the franchisability of a seafood restaurant and contributed to the start-up of a Seville tourism company aimed at attracting Americans to the city. They also met with local and international business leaders, including the former head of tourism for the City of Seville and representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The three-week trip wasn’t all business, as the adventurers saw a number of Spanish landmarks as well as an authentic bull fight.

Dr. John Whitmore, associate professor of geology, took a team of six CU students to more than 20 U.S. national parks, monuments, and sites, including the Grand Canyon, Fossil Butte National Monument, and the Petrified Forest National Park. “The national parks of the West make a great alternative classroom!” said John. “The trip was focused on understanding the geology of the parks in light of the Genesis accounts of Creation and Noah’s Flood.” The students studied rock layers and fossil lizard tracks while compiling an annotated photographic atlas of the features they saw. Paleontologist Dr. Leonard Brand came alongside the group to offer additional insight for several days.

Dr. Rich Blumenstock ’63, associate professor of Bible, and Dr. David Hoffeditz ’92, associate professor of Bible and Greek, took a group of 40 on a Bible tour of the Mediterranean. The group observed key biblical artifacts in several world renown museums (including the Vatican), explored the catacombs of Rome, visited the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum, and climbed Mars Hill in Athens. The trip brought the Scriptures alive for many and allowed them to experience Greek and Italian culture.

For information about next year’s travel study programs, contact the department of travel study at 937-766-3896.