Zachary Stahl of Aurora was among 20 Baldwin Wallace University honors program students who participated in a service-learning experience this spring with Mission Guatemala, a United Methodist Church-affiliated organization.
The trip to Guatemala was the culmination of a program that combined eight weeks of in-class study with overseas travel and brought intrinsic meaning and impactful service opportunities.
Stahl, a graduate of Aurora High School majoring in neuroscience biology and biology, spent two weeks learning about Guatemalan government interventions, environmental impact, nutritional strategies in schools and more, while gaining cultural understanding through one-on-one interactions with local citizens.
"BW students had an amazing opportunity to experience Guatemalan culture-most specifically the Mayan indigenous community-from myriad angles," said Ken Schneck, a faculty participant on the trip.
"Through all of this activity, the students were engaged in a constant self-reflection loop by which they examined both their own relationship to culture and the global effects of their day-to-day actions."
The Baldwin Wallace honors program helps motivated and talented students make the most of their college experience by joining a community of scholars dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development and community engagement.
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Rachael Schwartz of Aurora, a senior in the College of Nursing, was named to the Creighton University dean's list for spring 2016. Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better are eligible for the honor.
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Youngstown State University welcomes Tara Cassidy of Aurora to campus for the fall 2016 semester as one of more than 2,000 new undergraduates. She comes to YSU from Aurora High School and is majoring in special education / mild to moderate disabilities.