. . . if every student who
came to Defiance College
had an opportunity to
attend an opera, a
symphony, or a ballet.
. . . if every student had an
opportunity to visit
an art or science or
. . . if every DC student
had an opportunity to travel
domestically with one or two
faculty members to
experience and learn more
deeply about issues related
to the students major.
Student and Non-Student Travel Application Packets
In 2010, President Gordon kicked off Defiance College’s Imagine Campaign where he
asked the Defiance Community to Imagine the following initiatives:
- Cultural/Performing Arts Initiative in which every Defiance College student has an
opportunity before graduating to attend a wide range of mind-broadening cultural experiences
such as symphonies, operas, ballets, musicals, and art and science museums.
- DC to D.C. – An initiative in which every Defiance College student has an opportunity
before graduating to experience our nation’s history firsthand, traveling to Washington,
D.C., Philadelphia or other places of historical significance.
- DC EDventures – A Domestic Travel initiative in which every Defiance College student
has an opportunity before graduating to travel for 7-10 days domestically with a faculty
member for an enrichment experience related to the student’s major.
- DC Global is an opportunity for every entering full-time freshman who completes the
full four-year program at DC to travel to a foreign country during their years at
Defiance. These international experiences take place during the junior or senior.
They could be a course-embedded experience, a faculty-designed trip, a project of
your own design through the McMaster School, an Honors trip, or as a scholarship to
help pay travel costs for a semester or year-long study abroad program.
Imagine Initiatives are Rooted in Strong Learning Objectives.
- Expand students’ knowledge related to the history, geography, economics, the arts,
political and social institutions, of this country (the U.S.) and / or countries and
cultures around the world.
- Expand upon material learned in a traditional classroom setting through an experiential
- Provide opportunities that encourage the development of sensitivity, appreciation,
and understanding of American culture(s) and / or of different cultures.
- Provide opportunities that encourage reflection on national and / or world issues.
Initiative Proposal Deadlines
The application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year will be announced in the
coming weeks. The writable version of the proposal must be completed, then printed,
signed and submitted in hard copy to Rena Rager, Administrative Assistant, McMaster
School for Advancing Humanity.
Imagine Initiative Proposal Form
One-day proposals are accepted on an on-going basis by submitting the completed form
to Rena Rager, Administrative Assistant, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity.
Selection Process for the Imagine Initiatives
Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of both faculty and staff.
The Committee will provide the Provost with its recommendations; however, the Provost
will be responsible for the final approval of all trips.
2013-2014 Imagine Initiatives
Past Imagine Initiatives
ATTENTION STUDENTS: Approved Imagine Initiative trips for the 2013/2014 academic year
have been listed below. If you are interested in any of these upcoming initiatives,
please contact the trip leader by clicking on their DC webmail link.
- Ireland: Our Living Traditions & Enchanting Past
Led by Lois McCullough, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Jenni Morrison, email@example.com,
and planned for March 7-15, 2014, travelers will spend a week in Ireland exploring
the cities of Cork and Dublin, visiting University College Cork, walking the Cliffs
of Moher, visiting Trinity College and kissing the Blarney Stone. Gain an understanding
of the geography, history, climate, food and drink, culture and daily life, sports
and music of Ireland by taking this magical trip to Ireland.
- BEYOND THE FALLS: A Global Experience in Montreal, Quebec & Ottawa
The provinces of Canada provide an excellent opportunity to encourage our students
to be global citizens while providing a low-maintenance travel abroad experience.
Students will have the opportunity to experience the cultural influences of the British
and French as they travel to Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa. The students will experience
the architectural and environmental beauty of Canada. They will be immersed into a
city where French is a dominate language yet English is understood by many. The tour
also takes them to New York to visit Niagara Falls and the Beeches Resort, a 52 acre
turn of the century estate. The trip, led by Mercedes Clay, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa
Crumit-Hancock, email@example.com and Rena Rager, firstname.lastname@example.org, is
planned for May 5-10, 2014.
- Paris Choral Festival: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day
The DC Chamber Singers have been invited to represent the state of Ohio in performances
at the Paris Choral Festival in July, 2014. The program is being organized as a commemoration
of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The choir will be performing in La
Madeleine Church in Paris, France, and at a wreath laying ceremony at the American
Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The rehearsals and performances will be complemented by cultural
trips in Paris and Normandy. Some of the sites to be visited will include: the Arc
de Triomphe; the Champs Elysees; the Eiffel Tower; the Trocadero; Notre Dame Cathedral;
the Place de la Concorde; the Luxembourg Palace; the Latin Quarter; the Place de la
Bastille; the Louvre museum; Omaha Beach in Normandy and the Peace Memorial in Caen.
The trip is planned for June 30-July 5, 2014 and being led by Andrew Schultz, email@example.com
and Ken Wetstein, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Honors International Study
The Carolyn M. Small Honors Program offers its members the opportunity to travel internationally
each academic year. The trip will be accompanied by an academic course focused on
the various aspects of the location chosen for the international trip. The course
and the travel will engage students during the spring semester, 2014. The tentative
site being explored for spring break, 2014 is ITALY (Rome, Florence, and Venice).
Mary Ann Studer, email@example.com and Jeremy Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org will
be leading this experience.
- Service Leaders in Peru
Tentatively, in March 2014, Service Leaders will travel to Peru a to engage in service
and volunteer experiences. The students will have the opportunity to observe and engage
in the culture and participate in service projects that could include: helping children
in local orphanages, working in local rural schools, working with special needs children,
or promoting eco-tourism in rural areas. This trip will be led by Jessica Myers, email@example.com.
- The Jamaica Experience
The Jamaica trip, March 8-15, 2014, will be a one-week emersion into the culture of
the island. Students will be placed in the homes of host families consisting of teachers
and administrators from Marymount High School. Defiance College has enjoyed a close
relationship with Marymount since 2000 and, in fact, has welcomed eight students from
there onto its campus since 2003. The itinerary for the week will include, but not
be limited to, teaching and visiting with classes at Marymount High School and other
local schools; worshipping at Bethel United Church; fishing for shrimp with the local
women and children at Rock River and then sharing a meal of cornmeal porridge cooked
at the river; attending youth fellowship at a local church with the assistant counselor
from Marymount; visiting Clonmel Pottery and Pringle Home for Children; enjoying an
evening of food and traditional song, dance, and recitation of patois poetry at the
Christian Service International mission house; and relaxing in the surf of the Caribbean
Sea at James Bond Beach. This trip will be led by Craig Rutter, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Explore the Arts in Toledo
Several one-day trips to The Stranahan Theater in Toledo will expose students to the
arts and theater etiquette. Plans are being made for students to attend theater performances
of Hello Dolly, War Horse, Stomp, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet as well as
symphony performances of All Rachmaninoff, The Four Seasons, and Carnival of the Animals.
All trips are being led by Lois McCollough, email@example.com.
- Alternative Spring Break-Civil Rights Tour
Participate in a detailed journey in which all participants will be exposed to the
literature, music, and documentation relative to the Civil Rights Movement. The participants
will also learn about the unsung heroes of the civil rights, equality verses equity,
and the culture of the south. The trip will take place March 7 – March 14, 2014 and
led by Mercedes Clay, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Social Policy and Practice with Special Populations
Students with an interest in how social policy and service strategies are influenced
and developed at the national level will journey to Washington DC in early November,
2013. Students will visit and learn how the needs of special populations of veterans,
the elderly and victims of domestic violence are advocated for by major national organizations.
Further, students will learn how meeting those needs through the development of governmental
and private programs grow out of both professional and political processes. This trip
will be led by Jeffrey Weaner, email@example.com and Alesia Yakos-Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by Elcin Haskollar, email@example.com, a select group of 25 students,with
diverse majors from global studies, forensic science, criminal justice, accounting, and
molecular biology, will travel to Washington DC on November 6-8, 2013. Students will
talk about Afghanistan with an army colonel at the Pentagon, walk around the White
House, visit the House of Representatives and the Senate, have coffee with Ohio Senator
Sherrod Brown, meet with experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies,
visit Ford's Theater, visit the National Archives, and spend an afternoon at the Holocaust
- Imagine Philadelphia
Led by Don Knueve, firstname.lastname@example.org and Steve Sondergaard, email@example.com,
this trip of 25-40 students from Criminal Justice, Digital Forensic Science and Forensic
Science will travel to Philadelphia on March 19-March 22, 2014 to provide participants
the opportunity to observe major parts of the Criminal Justice System in operation
in a metropolitan area and to take advantage of cultural and art opportunities that
are present there. Tours include the Philadelphia Policy Department, the Philadelphia
Medical Examiner’s Office, the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, the Philadelphia
Regional Computer Forensics Lab, the Philadelphia Forensic Science Center and the
FBI. Also on the agenda is visits to the American Philosophical Society Museum, the
Philadelphia Zoo, the Liberty Bell, Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Regional Port
Travel Application Packets