Blog Post: Our J-Term Sports Journey
Introduction to Sports Management
Jan. 30, 2020
“The study tour introduced the students to sports management through the lens of sports executives and other professionals in the business. Prior to heading out on their tour of the Upper Midwest several executives and other sports professionals spoke with the class.
“The first full day in Minnesota was spent at the Xcel Energy Center - home of the Minnesota Wild Hockey Team. The class met a long list of executives who help make the team what it is today. Through presentations and asking questions, we were able to learn about different departments and their roles on a daily basis. The class then shadowed different individuals to experience different departmental responsibilities during two NHL games.
“One perk of shadowing fan relations was being a part of what the Wild call “The Patch.” Every game, one player and one season ticket holder are chosen. The season ticket holders get to watch the team walk into the locker room after warm-ups and one player, in this case Eric Staal, comes off the ice, takes off his uniform, and signs it for the lucky ticket holders. While we were there, Staal was recognized and celebrated for his 1000th career NHL point.”
— Erin Otto ’20, Jack Grossman ’21
Blog Post: Mahatma Gandhi Museum, Humayun’s Tomb & Night-Time Street Food Tour
Health Care in India: Traditional and Non-Traditional Healing
Jan. 23, 2020
“Our plan for the day included a visit to the National Gandhi Museum, so we split into couples and hopped on a few rickshaws. This would be our first ride on the small motorized carts so we were all beyond excited. The trip did not disappoint! I could feel the adrenaline rushing through my body, the result of a mixture of exhilaration with, quite honestly, a hint of fear. Driving in a taxi from the airport was thrilling, but it definitely falls short of being in the back of this tiny vehicle with no doors, windows or seatbelts!
“It felt like a cross between a roller coaster, bumper cars, a motorcycle and a golf cart, except they go much more faster! However, once one gets used to the very particular driving etiquette, the very small distances left between vehicles, and the constant cutting off and honking, it is actually quite an amusing experience!
“After a fun rickshaw ride, we arrived safely at the National Gandhi Museum which hosts an extensive collection of photos, personal effects, documents, art pieces and various other effects related to Mahatma Gandhi. We were free to explore the exterior gardens and interesting exhibitions and convened afterward to decide on our next destination.”
— Patricia Baker ’20
Blog Post: Gorée Island and the House of Slaves
Senegal from Colonisation to Globalisation
Jan. 14, 2019
“This day was the most challenging but enlightening experience I have ever encountered. Today, we had the opportunity to visit Gorée Island. It is off the coast of Dakar, in Senegal, and it is known for its role in the 15-19th century Atlantic Slave Trade. We took a 20-minute ferry to the island. Once on the island, a tour guide showed us around, and we went to a variety of destinations during the tour where we could shop around as well. We went to a place where an artist showed us his artwork and how he did his process. It was something that I have never seen before. Every tool and material that was used by the artist were all made in his home of Senegal, so the artwork was very authentic and organic. I bought five pieces for myself and my family to have.
“I also encountered another artist from the island who was showcasing his work; we had a brief but nice conversation. He was such a kind and happy soul that I really gravitated toward him at first glance. From far away, I was signaling to ask if I could take a picture. He said yes, but he insisted that I come closer to get a better look at his artwork.
“‘This is your home, so you are always welcome to take pictures, and look around wherever you like,’ he told me.”
— Jawaune Johnson ’19
Pirate-focused J-Term course inspires career in underwater archaeology
Setting sail for Carthage with plans to major in education, Caitlin Zant ’12 saw her route permanently detoured by pirates.
They ambushed her during J-Term of her freshman year, as she took the on-campus course Pirates: Fact or Fiction? After growing up tracking the fictional exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow, Ms. Zant learned what really happened during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 16th and 17th centuries.
No, she didn’t race off to buy an eye patch and a parrot. The class sparked an interest in history, especially the maritime kind.
“It was one of the first courses where I started reading original sources,” she said, like court files from piracy cases and manifestos from actual pirates.
Graduating with a degree in history and geography, Ms. Zant gravitated toward a two-year master’s program in a niche field most people don’t know exists: underwater archaeology. Even before wrapping up her graduate thesis at East Carolina University, she parlayed a summer internship into a full-time job with the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2014.
A maritime archaeologist, she helps to document and preserve “submerged culture” — like the wreck of the SS Wisconsin, which sank in 1929 just a few miles southeast of today’s Carthage campus.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity coming out of grad school,” she said.
The work entails lots of GIS mapping and, since the unit is funded one year at a time, grant writing. But she’s not exactly a desk jockey; the team does 25 to 50 public presentations per year, plus plenty of deep-water scuba diving to see how badly the ships are deteriorating.
Ms. Zant teases that, if the annual study tour to Honduras had come a year or two earlier, she could’ve picked up those skills in class instead of cramming diving lessons into the summer after graduation. Students in the Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior course earn scuba certification.
The only downer? She’s unlikely to stumble onto any sunken pirate vessels on Lake Michigan.