Forty-one members of the Loomis Chaffee Class of 2018 were awarded Global & Environmental Studies Certificates at a ceremony in Founders Chapel on Friday, May 11.
The seniors honored at the ceremony successfully achieved the requirements for the certificate, which include completion of at least five Loomis courses with the Global & Environmental Studies designation; language study through the fourth-year level; participation in an off-campus program of two weeks or longer; involvement in Loomis extracurricular activities with international, multicultural, or environmental focuses; participation in the Global & Environmental Studies Seminar; and presentation of a final paper or project.
The ceremony included remarks from two of the seniors receiving certificates. Senior Sarah Olender spoke about experiencing different cultures during travel programs in the Dominican Republic and South Africa — programs organized by Loomis' Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies — and bringing back what she learned to try to make an impact locally.
"Through the lens of a global perspective, and with some hard work and undying passion, one person can make a difference," Sarah affirmed.
In his remarks, senior Zeno Schwebel said he was inspired to pursue the certificate by speakers invited to campus through the Alvord Center and by his experience on a Loomis International Education Program in Peru. The course Globalization also helped Zeno to understand the complexity of issues of global and environmental concern, he said, and he appreciated being able to make an impact on a local level as an agricultural proctor at Loomis.
Alec McCandless, the Christopher H. Lutz Director of the Alvord Center, also offered reflections before presenting the certificates to the 41 seniors. Alec read an excerpt from New York Times review of A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson, a popular travel author and humorist. Bryson's entertaining writing style, according to Alec, "makes salient the point that travel is not about the destination. ... It's about discovery along the way."
Alec congratulated the recipients and encouraged them to remain curious as they seek to broaden their global knowledge. "We hope we've helped set you on a path of such discovery ... and we hope this is only the very beginning," he said.
Global Studies Certificate recipients for the Class of 2018 include: