Project Holds Water
The new Honors course “Leading Change” inspired Rajah Saparapa of Togo to devise a plan to build a well for villagers.
Voice and Leadership
The best thing about “Leading Change,” a course all Honors students take in their first semester on campus, is that it has taught Saparapa that she has a voice and can use it to make a difference in her West African homeland before she earns her degree. For a class assignment, she devised a proposal to build a well for people in the village of Badja and hopes to win a Griswold Zepp Award to fund the project.
“Just 50 miles outside of where I live in the capital of Togo, villagers do not have clean drinking water or electricity. The contrast is shocking,” says Saparapa, a sophomore Economics major. “Yes, ‘Leading Change’ has changed me.”
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The First Year Seminar “Freakonomics” taught Nicole Hill the connection between fried foods and a winning soccer season.
Based on the best-sellers by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, the course challenges students to use economic reasoning to analyze everyday issues and to understand how incentives impact decisions. They discuss such intriguing topics as cheating in sumo wrestling, organ transplants, consequences of names and the impact of legalized abortion on crime.
“We learned that there is always an incentive to influence people to change their behavior,” says Hill, who was named to the All Centennial Conference team in her first season. “For me, having a great soccer season was my incentive for giving up fried foods – which I intend to eat a lot of when I go home for Thanksgiving.”
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Creative learning hub wows students
A nearly $2 million renovation project has transformed Hoover Library into a lively gathering place for students and center for collaborative learning.
New creative learning spaces include a research lounge where students can meet with librarians, an information commons with group work spaces and a research and IT help desk, and a conference room with teleconferencing capabilities that seamlessly integrate technology and promote collaborative study.
“I feel like the library is being used a lot more now,” says senior Andrea Briggs of McMurray, Pa. “The research librarians are so readily available to help you with research or when you are stuck on a paper.”
To enrich her classrooms with literally a world of experience, Autumn Hilsinger ’07, M.S. ’09, has taught on three continents and traveled to 18 countries in just the past eight years.