Hey students – take a free (or almost free) trip this semester with Global Connections. Groups will be traveling to Cincinnati and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Sept. 22; the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival on Oct. 6; and to Washington D.C. Oct. 12-15. All trips are by bus.
The Cincinnati trip will leave from the R. Jack Fishman Library parking lot at 6 a.m. and return at approximately 9 p.m. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum and cultural center honoring the legacy of the Underground Railroad. In addition to historical exhibits, the center also supports the fight against slavery and human trafficking today. During this visit, students will have the opportunity to see “Invisible: Slavery Today.” This exhibit examines contemporary slavery through the perspective of five individuals. A portion of the exhibit is also devoted to global anti-slavery activities. While in Cincinnati, the group will also visit the Cincinnati Art Museum, featuring “The Collections: 6,000 Years of Art.” This permanent display explores the many media and styles throughout art history. The space itself is an interesting viewing room, as it was transformed from closed to open storage. The museum also features four rare Tiffany stained glass windows and the experience of “Schmidlapp Gallery.” Work in this gallery is displayed so that visitors can focus on a singular piece and become immersed in the viewing. For more information on these destinations, visit www.freedomcenter.org or www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org. Transportation and admission are paid by the college. Students are responsible for food and incidentals.
The trip to Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival will leave at 7 a.m. from the Morristown campus and stop at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville to pick up students who live in that area. The bus will return to Morristown about 10 p.m. The festival features a global village, offering an authentic look at the customs and traditions of cultures represented in the Nashville area. Five stages host 55 music and dance groups and the world market offers unique hand-crafted and imported items, with many vendors doing demonstrations. For information on this event, visit www.celebratenashville.org. Transportation will be provided by Walters State. Students should bring money for food and incidentals. Students from previous trips advise bringing cash on this trip, as many vendors do not accept credit or debit cards.
This semester’s trip to D.C. will be Oct. 12-15. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. on Friday and returns around 2 a.m. on Monday. The trip includes a tour of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, American History and Air & Space. Students will also visit Arlington National Cemetery, the new memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial and other spots as time allows. This trip is fast-paced to include as many sights as possible. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking. Transportation and lodging are provided by the college. Students pay a $40 non-refundable deposit and are responsible for meals, subway tickets and any incidental expenses. A good amount for planning purposes is $100.
These trips are open to all Walters State students, full- and part-time, any student that pays the International Fee. Students must be 18 years old at the time of the trip. Trips fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must sign a witnessed waiver. For more information, contact Eileen Bowers at (423) 318-2347 or Eileen.Bowers@ws.edu. After expressing interest, you’ll be e-mailed a waiver and more information. Your reservation is not guaranteed until these are returned and, for the D.C. trip, the $40 deposit paid.