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.
In 2010, President Gordon kicked off Defiance College’s Imagine Campaign where he asked the Defiance Community to Imagine the following initiatives:
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.
- 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
- 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
The application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. 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.
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.
Cultural and Performing Arts – One Day Trips
- Lombardi – play at the Cleveland Playhouse, September 30, 2012 – Single day trip led by Barb Sedlock and Tim Rickabaugh.
- Toledo Museum of Art – This trip on November 15, 2012 will give the students an opportunity to see the permanent collection of art on display as well as the traveling exhibition of Edward Monet’s work. Led by Jason Stockman and Doug Fiely.
- Ft Wayne Ballet – This single day excursion in December, 2012 will take students to Ft Wayne, IN to experience Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker ballet, accompanied by the Ft Wayne Philharmonic orchestra. The trip is led by Andrew Schultz.
- Toledo Symphony Excursion – This trip will take students on February 9, 2013 to the Toledo Museum of Art to experience one of the popular works of classical music ever written, Orff’s Carmina burana. Included is dinner and a visit from one of the symphony players for a questions/answer session. The trip is led by Andrew Schultz.
- World of Business-Cincinnati – This trip to Cincinnati, OH will provide students with many opportunities to expand on material learned in the classroom in an experiential fashion. Led by Jay Page, Mike Wolfe and Blen Solomon, this trip will occur sometime in April, 2013.
- Dayton Drumline Excursion – Attendees will experience the Indoor Drumline Dayton Regional Competition and have the opportunity to observe the marching band percussion ensemble working together to create a unique performance. Led by Andrew Schultz, the trip will take place on April 20, 2013.
Cultural and Performing Arts – Multi Day Trips
- Alternative Spring Break Civil Rights Tour is 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 8-March 15, 2013 and led by Mercedes Clay
- Summer Choir Tour 2013is a nine night, ten day trip traveling west through major US cities to reach the final destination of Denver, CO. A typical day will involve performing for one of two high schools during the day and performing at a church in the evening. This will include time for travel, site seeing, cultural activities, recruiting and meeting with DC alumni. Andrew Schultz will be leading this trip May 10-May 19, 2013
- Ann Arbor Film Festival led by Mary Catherine Harper and Todd Comer will spend two days, March 22-March 23, 2013, in Ann Arbor to take in a wide range of films from around the world, attend lectures about film techniques, and attend lectures and discussions with artists and directors.
DC to D.C. / DC Edventures
- Battles in Pennsylvania-The Civil War & 9/11 - September 14-20, 2012, led by Gregg Gunsch and Tim Wedge. Students will be assisting at the High Technology Crime Investigation Association’s annual training conference held in Hershey, PA. Students will also have the opportunity to explore some historical sites in the area of the conference such as the Gettysburg battlefield and the Memorial site of United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11.
- Meet Me in St. Louis led by Ken Wetstein will be a cultural and historical sampling of St. Louis, MO nicknamed the “Gateway to the West.” The trip will include a trip to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch), the Museum of Westward Expansion, and the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, a settlement site of mound-building native cultures. This trip will run from April 4-April 7, 2013.
- Criminal Justice, Digital Forensic Science and Forensic Science will travel to Chicago on March 20, 21 & 22, 2013 led by Don Knueve to provide opportunities for student to observe major parts of the Criminal Justice System in operation in a metropolitan area. The group will tour agencies such as the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County Jail, the Regional FBI Computer Forensics Lab, the state Crime Lab, and the US Marshall Service.
- DC Paris Cultural Connection will provide DC students with an international experience that will engage them in developing competencies in intercultural relations, communications, and sensitivity. In addition it will heighten students’ global awareness as they research, analyze, and present information about Paris and their intended exploration. The Paris adventure will run from December 11-17, 2012 and be led by Mercedes Clay and Sandra Golden.
- London Heroes & Heroines led by JoAnn Burkhardt and Fred Coulter. This is a fast-paced 5 day trip to London having the study of Heroes and Heroines (and a few villains!) as its framework. The participants will use public transportation in London to visit museums and historic sights and even spend the evening at the theatre. The trip will run March 8-13, 2013.
- Spain – Members of the DC women’s soccer team under the leadership of Alex VanderSluijs, will travel to Spain in July, 2013 to have a great cultural experience visiting Madrid and Barcelona. Included in the trip will be stops at some of the most famous stadiums in the soccer world, and watching games.
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