J Term News and Notes
Casey Hill wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a physical therapist for college and professional athletes, but after visiting hockey and baseball training camps in Florida she has no doubts: You bet. Hill was among 11 physical therapy students at the University of Rhode Island who spent 10 days in Florida during the winter break as part of URI’s J Term, or January, offerings.
When it comes to the subject of leadership, there are an endless array of books, blogs and articles. The example set by “real life” mentors trump what can be read.
Over 600 students participated in J-term 2015, a 50% increase over last year – and this is only its second year. The term included 29 “in-person” classes on campus, and 17 travel courses. The top reasons cited by students for taking a J-term course this year: to catch up or get ahead on progress to their degree; interest in a specific course being offered; looking for a opportunity to challenge themselves; and to develop new skills. All of these are great reasons.
When the University of Rhode Island began offering winter session classes during the 2014 academic year, word spread quickly about the benefits of the accelerated, focused coursework and opportunities for global experiences.
When the world’s attention shifted to France in early January following a tragic terrorist attack on a satirical magazine, four URI students and one professor were among the nearly 4 million people who flooded the streets of Paris in solidarity.
On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement to restore diplomacy with Cuba, University of Rhode Island professor Maureen Moakley took a group of students to Havana to see first-hand the political and social changes 50 years after the Cuban revolution. A regular contributor to our Political Roundtable Moakley spoke spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.
A URI professor is back in Rhode Island after a recent trip to Cuba. Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley along with 20 students traveled to the island over the January break.
The old Chevys were charming, Hemingway’s house was “cool’’ and the Museum of the Revolution was moving, but it was the pickup baseball game with a bunch of 10-year-olds that Tyler Figgis ’15 remembers most about his trip to Cuba over winter break.
The Winter J Term class, ITR300: Engage with the Professional World: Exploring the Job Market in Communication and Media, was introduced to University of Rhode Island this past Winter J Term.
Gail Lowney Alofsin, who led the class, is an Adjunct Professor in the Harrington School of Communication and Media. She is also an author, speaker and Director of Corporate Partnership for Newport Harbor Corporation.
While most of us are still struggling to drag ourselves through the cold and snow for class, there are nine University of Rhode Island students who are probably having a much harder time than the rest of us.
Over J Term, these students received 3 credits in NRS 475X, a coral reef conservation and analysis class, while studying in Bonaire, a small island in the Caribbean off the North coast of South America, adjacent to the better-known island of Aruba.
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