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Speakers Series concluded with presentation on the Navajo Nation

4/30/2012 —

Penn State Beaver students and faculty who spent last month’s spring break working and living with the Navajo Nation recently gave a presentation about their experiences. The program was the final event in the 2011-2012 Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series. The series will resume in the fall semester.

The group of 11 students, faculty, and staff spent the week in Tuba City, Arizona, where they tutored classes in the local boarding school, served Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, and cleaned Navajo residents’ homes.

Evenings were focused on learning about the Navajo Nation culture, including creation stories, dances, and ceremonies. In addition, the group visited several famous sites, including the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert.
The trip was led by JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology; Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy, and Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator.

Beaver students on the trip were:
Alex Angleton, sophomore, business, New Galilee
James Barum, senior, psychology, McKees Rocks
Candace Emanuel, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Murrysville
Vivian Kleijnjans, junior, psychology, Moon Township
Kyung Kim, junior, psychology, Seoul, South Korea
Christine Walzak, senior, psychology, Monaca
Sheng Wei, senior, engineering science, China (currently attending Penn State University Park)
Josh Williams, junior, information sciences and technology, Cranberry Township

For more information about the Navajo Nation or the trip, contact Chirico at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846, Wolf at iaw1@psu.edu or 724-773-3843, or Schreck at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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