Students Return From Panama To Share Experiences

After eight weeks in Panama, a group of Truman students have returned to Kirksville, ready to share presentations about their experiences with faculty, students, administrators and staff.

The students will be sharing the results of their service-learning experiences and disciplinary research projects in public forums April 26-27.

Group presentations about service-learning will take place from 12:30-2:15 p.m. April 26 in Violette Hall 1010.

Individual research projects will be presented from 1-5 p.m. April 27 in Magruder Hall 1098.

“Latin American Experience: History and Conservation Biology of Panama,” is a 15-credit hour course, funded by an Innovative Academic Initiative grant.

The course combines campus lecture and discussion with community immersion and service-learning.

Areas of study with the course include conservation biology, government policy, languages, cultural studies, economics, agriculture, geography, environmental studies and health.

The field experience component of the course included work in the Omar Torrijos National Park near the town of El Cope, Panama.

Truman students also assisted local children in community classrooms as English instructors and tutors.

The faculty members administering the course are Chad Montgomery, assistant professor of biology, and Marc Becker, associate professor of history.
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