Morristown, N.J. (July 31, 2017) – Every other summer since 2005, CSE students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends have been exploring various countries in Western Europe through a program developed by CSE faculty. Over the last 12 years, Dr. Margaret Roman, head of the Honors Program, and Dr. Kathleen Hunter, an English professor at CSE, have led numerous groups through England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Exploring the local cuisine, religion and history of these countries really enabled trip members to expand their respect for other countries and each other. This fun, interactive program allowed them to delve into foreign culture and deepen their capacity for global citizenship.
This year, 22 people directly affiliated with CSE, their family and friends toured all over the gorgeous countryside of both France and Spain.
"This tour was the largest, closing out at 50 people," says Roman. "Because everyone was connected to the College of Saint Elizabeth, we formed an extended family as we toured together."
Roman mentioned a particularly moving experience in Soreze, France. The group had just shopped at an open market and brought their cheeses, baguettes, figs and wine back to the hotel. After assembling one long make-shift table, each member shared their purchases with one another and indulged, according to Roman, "in a concrete example of communion."
Maria Capozzoli, '18, felt "this trip was a chance to become a 'culture vulture' and submerse (herself) within the every day lives of the locals."
On top of consuming delicious foods and drinks, the group tanned on the beaches in Barcelona, explored a sunflower patch in France, visited the sacred grounds of Lourdes, France and Avila, Spain, went hiking through the countryside and even received French cooking lessons!
Students may also use this incredible experience to further their academic careers. If students take the trip with an independent study in the fall then they are eligible to earn credits!
Those who went on the trip were: