The 11 students and two professors were
based at the University of Aveiro and were housed in the universitys
residence. Day trips were planned where the students were treated
with the upmost hospitality by representatives from the University
of Aveiro, Pascoal Fisheries, Town Council of Ilhavo, Aveiro Port
Authority, Coimbra University, etc. The field school focused mainly
on the historical associations between northwest Portugal and Newfoundland
through centuries of involvement in the fisheries and port wine trade.
Students explored other topics related to regional planning, coastal
zone management, tourism, built environments, cultural landscapes,
economic development, and also issues dealing with resource exploitation
Through excursions and presentations,
students were able to gain a broad view and appreciation for the vibrant
culture of northwestern Portugal, particularly Aveiro. Not all days
were scheduled for the students, giving them some time to explore
the culture independently. An early train to Lisbon began an exciting
weekend in Portugals capital city. The sand and sun of Barra
beach were a welcome change from Newfoundlands rocky coast.
Each student has completed a journal and field project on a chosen
topic for course evaluation. Encouraged to include both academic and
personal thoughts in the journal, students will have a detailed account
of their experience for years to come.
Memorials students of German were hard at work in August in Heidelberg, Germany. The third annual field school attracted the largest group yet, with 22 students taking part. Program organizer Marcella Rollmann of the Department of German and Russian attributes the success of the program to the enthusiastic reports of returning students and the obvious enhancement of their language skills. The group engaged in 10 weeks of studies via three spring-term courses, followed by four weeks of intensive language practice in Heidelberg. Ms. Rollmann reported many slips of Entschuldigung and Danke schön heard in the Toronto airport as students found it hard to turn off their German on their return to Canadian soil.
The Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, a number of whom are MUN students, was one of only three entrants selected to participate in the youth choir category in an international choral festival. The choir visited England, performed in several churches and at a MUN alumni event (Oct. 10 at Canada House in London) and took home a third place prize. The choir director is Susan Dyer-Knight, our most recent alumnus of the year. Here, the choir performs at the St. James Parish Church in Poole, England. According to President Axel Meisen, who heard the choir perform at Canada House, the international performing experience was immensely valuable to the students. The president, the chair of the Board Regents, Ed Roberts, and the director of Alumni Affairs, John Kearsey, were on hand for the alumni event.