GCP 2014 Reflection: Costa Rica

(Above) GCP Costa Rica poses for a group photo during their visit to a park in San Jose. That day, the group also spent the day with the children of a local orphanage.

Bulk Mail Assistant Kerri Nassano reflects on her Global Citizenship Project 2014 trip to Costa Rica

Volcan Arenal, a beautiful view of an active volcano in Monteverda. Here, GCP Costa Rica enjoyed the natural hot springs, which was warmed by the volcano. The group also went on a night tour to see local wildlife and experience the thrill of zip lining.

It is easy to say that the experience one receives on a GCP trip is amazing, but that is truly a “vast” understatement. My trip this year to Costa Rica was a real eye opening experience for me. This trip challenged me mentally, physically and spiritually. The sights were breathtaking and the weather was gorgeous. (Lets just say I was not happy to return to snow!) Hiking through a preserved rainforest, swimming in a local creek, and enjoying a simple dinner with locals was such a privilege and impacted me greatly.

The culture in Costa Rica is so open, generous and supportive. Locals would stop just to say hello, help a neighbor or just to see if we (as visitors) needed anything while we were in town.  Seeing the true genuineness of their culture made me realize that there are endless opportunities for me — not just to go out and explore the rest of the world, but to also experience so much more here at home.

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Shenandoah University now offers 12-month housing, providing a Summer Housing option for students who are working on internships or at jobs in the area as well as students taking summer classes. Summer Housing requires a supplemental contract for mid-May after Commencement through mid-August Welcome Week as well as housing during academic-year breaks. Summer Housing costs a flat $1,000 – billed to Summer Term 1 – and it includes housing for fall, Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.

Summer Housing does not include meal plans or flex dollars on a meal plan. Summer Housing is only available at East Campus Commons.

Students eligible for Summer Housing are rising juniors and above. Eligible students sign regular housing contracts for the academic year and supplemental contracts for summer and breaks. Eligible students are not required to be enrolled in summer courses nor are they required to work on campus. Subleasing and sharing rooms are prohibited.

For more information about the new Summer Housing option, contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@su.edu. Applications are available beginning Tuesday, April 29.

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The [Not Just] Women’s Center seeks volunteers for Fall 2014. If you’re interested, they’re interested in YOU! Please join the NJWC’s staff meeting today, April 17, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Center, located in Cooley Hall, Room 210. The staff is planning for next year, and would be happy to include the leadership and participation of new volunteers. If you are interested but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Director of the Women’s Studies Program Amy Sarch, Ph.D., at asarch@su.edu.

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Shenandoah University’s Adult Years and the Aging Process class will host a benefit concert for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) on Friday, April 25, beginning at 7 p.m., in the East Campus Commons ballroom.

The show features up-and-coming country artist Lindsey Erin, who has performed on stage with artists such as Chase Rice, Danielle Bradberry, Bucky Covington, Parmalee, Love and Theft, Montgomery Gentry and Joe Diffie.

Opening for Erin is Tyler Toliver, who has opened for or shared the stage with Sheryl Crow, LoCash Cowboys, Edens Edge, Joe Diffie, Colt Ford, Tracy Lawrence, James Otto, Kip Moore and multiple shows for Darryl Worley.

Tickets are less than $10 and you can buy them here; or, if you can’t make it to the show, you can donate via the ticket link as well.

The SAAA is located in Winchester, and provides services such as Meals-on-Wheels, transportation services, and in-home services for adults over the age of 50. Questions? Contact Assistant Professor of Psychology Scott King, Ph.D., at sking4@su.edu.

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Attention veterans and dependents of veterans: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help cover the cost of furthering education and skills through benefit programs that may pay tuition, housing, training and other costs.

Some of the most popular programs and tools available to veterans and their families who wish to take advantage of these benefits include the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Comparison Tool and the new GI Bill Complaint System.

Join the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and VA Education Service for a free webinar that explores these educational and training benefits and others on Wednesday, April 23. The webinar is offered at two times, and you can register with the following links: from 9:30 to 11 a.m. (EST) and 1:30 to 3 p.m. (EST).

Questions about veterans services at Shenandoah University? Contact Niccole Gatliff in the Registrar’s Office at ngatliff@su.edu or 540/542-6508.

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James E. Winkler, president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC), will present “Shoulder to Shoulder: The Importance of Interfaith Advocacy for Justice” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. This lecture is part of the James A. Davis Lectures in Religion series and is free and open to the public.

Winkler was elected in 2013 to his position with the NCC. Prior to his election Winkler served as general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, the international public policy and social justice agency of The United Methodist Church. He led delegations to the Middle East, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Germany seeking peaceful solutions to global conflict and traveled throughout the world to support the justice work of the United Methodist Church in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Winkler has been a frequent spokesperson for the justice work of The United Methodist Church to the national and international media. As the new NCC president and general secretary, he has overall responsibility for personnel, deploying resources to achieve the priorities of the NCC, organizational and board development, fundraising, vision-setting, long-range planning, financial management, external relationships and thought leadership. For more information on the lecture, contact Professor of Religion and Philosophy John Copenhaver at jcopenha@su.edu.

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Professor Raises More Than $8,000 for Scholarships with 100-mile Run

You’ve already done the math. Adjunct Associate Professor of Music/French Horn Joe Lovinsky’s 100-mile journey translated into more than $8,000 raised for French horn scholarships at Shenandoah University. That’s more than $80 per mile!

In “just” 31 hours, Lovinsky completed his run on Saturday, March 29. Since then, donations have continued to come in and have pushed him past the $8,000 mark.

“My feet hurt, my legs hurt, everything hurts, but I thank God that he gave me the strength to get through this,” said Lovinsky immediately after completing his journey. “I thank Shenandoah University and Shenandoah Conservatory for their incredible amount of support.”

Read more about Lovinsky and his incredible story here. Haven’t donated yet? Click here to contribute. Connect with 100 Mile Joe on Facebook and Twitter. Watch 100 Mile Joe’s interview with Holly Morris on Fox 5 DC.


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Have you made the switch from 3SU to 1SU? 1SU is the new wireless network that will replace 3SU as the campus-wide network. 1SU features better security and is compatible with OS X Mavericks. All those who access the wireless network at Shenandoah must switch from 3SU to 1SU by this Friday, April 18, 2014.

Any device that utilizes the wireless network (laptops, tablets, smart phones) must be switched over to 1SU by the deadline. For detailed instructions on how to make the switch, visit the Institutional Computing (IC) Help Desk 1SU Site. Still have questions? Contact the IC Help Desk at helpdesk@su.edu or 540/665-5555.

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If you registered for the first-ever SU Dash & Dye on March 30 – which was postponed because of snow – you must register again for the rescheduled Dash & Dye on Saturday, April 26. Go to April 26 Dash and Dye.

The SU Dash & Dye is an opportunity for students and employees to have fun covering a 3-mile course on campus – running, jogging or walking – while occasionally being splashed with powdered dye of various colors. This event is not a timed race. Participants are encouraged to wear white T-shirts. The event is free, but registration is required.

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SUN-e will not be sent this Friday, April 18, due to the Good Friday holiday. Daily distribution resumes Monday, April 21. Send news and information for SUN-e to the Office of Marketing & Communications at omc@su.edu at least 24 hours in advance of publication date.

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