Learning on the go
Wanda Lane and Mike Foley tour Chicago on Segways as part of an Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) travel experience.
When Continuing Education started its travel programs in 1995, it had a single mission: that every trip have a significant learning component. Today, that vision is Continuing Education’s niche as it begins its 11th year in educational travel. Not only do participants go behind the scenes at many destinations, they also enjoy informative presentations by subject experts at the sites. The travel program, therefore, matches the overall goal of Continuing Education—participants receive outstanding opportunities for lifelong learning, and they have lots of fun!
On a half-day jaunt or full-day bus trip, participants often come away with a new understanding of history, creativity, gardening, or even law enforcement. After touring the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department and Peoria County Jail, attendees developed new insights into the department’s high standards and those who work to maintain them. Another unique opportunity was the Chicago Segway Experience, where participants saw the sights on Segways (self-balancing, two-wheeled electric human transporter devices).
Continuing Education has also taken groups to international destinations including Spain, Portugal, France, and Ireland. In conjunction with Bradley University’s Study Abroad program, Continuing Education has scheduled a 2007 learning trip to London from May 23 – June 1. The trip, titled “London’s Sacred and Cultural Spaces,” will focus on learning about Eastern religions and London theater. For many years, Daniel Getz, associate professor of religious studies, and James Ludwig, associate dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts/associate professor of theatre arts, have guided undergraduate students through London’s religious and theater destinations, and now their expertise will be available to those who participate in the London trip. The trip is open to all Bradley University alumni and friends.
For more information, visit bradley.edu/continue or call 309-677-2523.
Burger Center and Educational Leadership Department recognized
The Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development and the Lewis J. Burger Center for Student Leadership and Public Service were recently recognized with the Helen Bartlett Award for excellence in service to students for their collaboration in developing an interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies.
The minor, introduced in the fall of 2005, was developed through the collaboration of several colleges and the Division of Student Affairs. Core courses are team taught by faculty and staff members from the ELH department and the Division of Student Affairs. The minor is designed to provide students the information, experience, and opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of leadership. It consists of 18 credit hours.
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