Lourdes' fall semester took an interactive turn as faculty got creative while engaging students in the classroom. Through enhanced courses and classroom activities, students were presented with new ways of learning.
The Department of Business & Leadership Studies introduced a special section of its Business Leadership Seminar called The Bridge Builder Project. Through the enhanced course, students learned the principles of critical thinking, ethics, historical consciousness and leadership first hand from a host of revered professionals including President & CEO of The Anderson's, Inc. Michael Anderson, General Manager of the Toledo Mudhens Joe Napoli and Chairman & CEO of Owens Corning, Inc. Michael Thaman.
"Will Allen Dromgoole's 'The Bridge Builder' is part of what inspired me to create this project," shares Chairperson of the Department of Business & Leadership Studies and Professor of Business Dean Ludwig, PhD. The poem shares the ideals of building links for the future and passing the torch along for the next generation.
"It is important that we give our future leaders opportunities to gain knowledge from the leaders of today," adds Dr. Ludwig. "Through the Bridge Builder Project, our students were able to interact with and learn from some of the region's leading professionals."
Students in the History 408 Civil War and Reconstruction class instructed by Mary Stockwell, PhD, Chair and Professor, experienced a taste of the times during an end of semester banquet featuring dishes common to the era.
Featured items on the Civil War menu included chicken stew, baked beans, fruit pies and cucumber salad. Cornbread, which was introduced to colonists by southern Native Americans and popular during the war for its affordability, was also served.
The course examined the conflict between the Northern and Southern states during the Civil War and Reconstruction including the heritage of slavery, the chaos of the 1850s and the social, political, and economic transformation that occurred as a result of the war.
Associate Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students and Instructor Kim Grieve, PhD, surprised students in her Study Skills course with a bread-making workshop designed to encourage them to think outside of the box.
TRiO Academic Counselor and guest lecturer Stephanie Anderson Quinn, PhD, created and hosted the workshop, which utilized students' existing knowledge of writing and basic baking/cookery skills in order to help strengthen their writing process.
"Believe it or not, following a recipe and making bread are actually quite similar to the writing process," shares Dr. Quinn. "For example, just as yeast needs to proof in order to rise properly, students need to take the time to brainstorm and conduct preliminary research so that their essays are properly developed. This is just one of the many correlations between the writing and baking processes."
Dr. Quinn's workshop has caught the attention of the local community as well. She has conducted several sessions at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg and is also writing a book that further develops and explains the experiential learning techniques of the workshop.