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Students, faculty, staff visit Navajo Nation and Berlin during spring break

3/26/2012 —

During the recent spring break, eight Penn State Beaver students, faculty, and staff traveled to Tuba City, Arizona, where they lived and worked with the Navajo Nation while a second group of students and faculty gave a presentation at an international conference in Berlin.

The group in Arizona spent a week with the Navajo Nation where they tutored classes in the local boarding school, served Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center, worked at the Boys and Girls Club, and cleaned Navajo residents’ homes.
Evenings were focused on learning about Navajo Nation culture, including creation stories, dances, and ceremonies. In addition, the group visited several famous sites, including the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert. The trip was led by JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology; Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy, and Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator.

A second group of seven students traveled to Berlin, Germany with Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology, where the students gave a presentation at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) Conference, 2012 Information Systems. The conference was attended by more than 120 technology professionals from around the world. The IADIS Information Systems Conference is designed to provide a forum for the discussion of information sciences taking a socio-technological perspective.

The students’ presentation was delivered as part of Wijekumar’s capstone course, Information Sciences and Technology Integration and Problem Solving.

For information about the Arizona trip, contact Schreck at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947. To learn more about the Berlin conference, contact Wijekumar at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814.

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