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Welcome to the Triton Times, Issue 9!

In the issue, learn more about Eckerd's language programs, rugby, and the car share program.

Department Highlight

Quieres aprender espanol? Voulez-vous etudier le francais? Eckerd might be the place for you! Eckerd College currently offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Ancient Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. Language courses are offered in a broad range of subjects from literature, cinema, civilization, and culture, in addition to more traditional reading, writing, and oral communication skills. Internationally focused majors, such as International Business as well as International Relations and Global Affairs all require at least a minor in a language. However many students in other fields, such as East Asian Studies and Pre-Med also take advantage of Eckerd’s in-depth language programs.

Even students who aren’t majoring or minoring in a language are able to dabble in foreign languages while at Eckerd. A series of foreign language feature films are presented every Friday night during the year and all students, regardless of their major, are encouraged to take advantage of our many study abroad programs. Eckerd offers a yearly, faculty-led language immersion Winter Term trip to a Spanish-speaking country, usually in Spain or Peru, and similar Winter Term trips are offered in Germany, Italy, France, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Brazil, Greece, and Argentina, to name a few.Language majors looking to study their language for a longer period of time can study through a semester or year-long program, allowing them to take classes with native speakers in their host country.

After Eckerd, language majors are ready for a wide variety of career fields. In recent years, Eckerd students have gone on to careers in international relations, teaching, business, medicine, social work, court interpretation, government, law, and urban planning.

Alumni Highlight

Natalie Bicknell
Lecturer, University of Washington Intensive English Program
Class of 2005
Major: Literature, Creative Writing, French

Where are you now and what are you doing?

I live in Seattle where I teach ESL to international students. I also spend a lot of time writing fiction and participating in fiction-writing courses, workshops, and writing groups. I use my free time to travel.

I am also using my status as a University of Washington employee to take additional graduate courses in Education and plan to eventually complete a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on TESOL and International Education.

What unique or special opportunities did your Eckerd education provide and how have they impacted your life?

The opportunities to study abroad in both London and La Rochelle, France, were very special to me. Also, the positive relationships I developed with professors had a big impact on my life. Since leaving Eckerd, I have met people who have studied at all sorts of institutions, including elite colleges, and I have never met anyone who had the same degree of mentoring and support from professors as I did at Eckerd.

Describe some of your best memories or favorite traditions from your time at Eckerd.

Some of my best memories include time I spent in classes. There were many active and interesting discussions between students and faculty from which I learned a lot. Also, my experience completing two Winter Term courses with Elie Wiesel was very special. I was amazed by how positive and approachable Dr. Wiesel was in class and really valued the experience of being in class with such an influential figure. Finally, I loved being a member of the Ford Scholars Program and all of the opportunities it entailed. It was a wonderful learning experience!

What makes Eckerd so special or why does it stand out to you as a great college? What does it mean to you now that you have been away for awhile?

Eckerd stands out to me because it provides a highly individualized and supportive atmosphere for education. It's also a place where you can find other students who are really passionate about their studies. I learned a lot from my friendships with people in other disciplines. Also, Eckerd is a really comfortable and unpretentious place where people feel free to be themselves and not feel like they are in constant competition with other students.

Ask the Director

Do you have any advice for students at college fairs this fall?

Address labels … bring address labels… College reps really want to interact with the students instead of watching them complete a card. Suggest that your students prepare labels with the most commonly requested information – name, address, school, email, grad year, phone, potential major. This way the students can put the label on the card (for most colleges) and it leaves time to talk with the rep about life on campus, professors’ interests, study abroad, food, housing…

What type of high school visit do you think is most helpful? Least helpful?

I always hope to have a solid 15-20 minutes (at least) to talk with counselor and update him/her on campus changes. I would also love to talk with students whom the counselors have identified as a good fit, or students who have been looking at Eckerd. Don’t plan lunch visits in the cafeteria unless it really, truly is the culture in your school to actually talk with the reps …students have so little time to relax, eat, catch up with friends as it is that they seem very unlikely to talk with a college rep. And, if all the schools in an area only schedule at lunch, it’s challenging to build a full schedule of visits to maximize our time on the road.

Submit your questions to the Director!

Student Highlight

Barbara del Castello
Pacifica, CA
Major: Biology

Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

Well, I'm kind of all over the place when it comes to what I do on campus. I might be a Biology Major, but that definitely isn't my only passion. I'm president of the musical theatre club on campus, "Hat's Off!"; I was in last year's spring play, "Dark Play, or Stories For Boys" and I'm a member of the Choir. I also work as a Graphic Designer with ECOS Public Relations. It keeps me busy, but I love every minute of it.

Why did you decide to attend EC?

I actually stumbled upon the page while on a search for schools that allowed non-theatre majors to audition for their plays. But, it was so much more than that when I found it. Almost like love at first sight! Small, gorgeous campus, with the nicest people you will ever meet, from the professors to the staff to the students, and new expansions in my major. The new building will seriously be my new home when it opens.

How has Eckerd changed your life?

Eckerd has opened my eyes to a lot of new cultures and ideas…which, I know, is weird for a science major to say, but it shouldn't be! I love that I can take all of my needed courses and take a playwriting course also. The world is so much bigger than just one major. Why limit yourself? I've learned here to dream big.

How would you describe the academic environment at Eckerd?

Rigorous and exciting. I never get bored during class; it just never happens. The professors are enthusiastic about what they do, and they always try to relate the work to current events, or real world applications. And if you don't understand something, they're always willing to meet with you and help.

What's the first thing you should do when you get on campus?

Join clubs! Go to school events! Try and meet as many people as possible! Do something silly! Host a movie night in your room with your house-mates! If you really put yourself out there, you won't regret it. I promise.

Organization Highlight

Eckerd College Tritons Men’s Rugby Club
Student Contacts:
Joel Lee ’15, Shanghai, China – jdlee@eckerd.edu
Isaac Anderson ’15, Crawfordville, Florida – ikanders@eckerd.edu

What do you do in this club?
The purpose of Eckerd's rugby club is to engage students who are interested into the world of rugby. We meet three times a week for practice, and have games on Saturday. No prior experience is needed to join the sport, as we welcome all students to join.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of this club?
My favorite thing has been the sense of camaraderie that has evolved from this club. It has been a great way to get integrated into the Eckerd community, as well as making new friends.

What are the challenges with this club?
The most challenging part of this club is time management. Many times, labs/classes or other prior engagements conflict with the practice times we have. But of course, classes and labs come first!

Who to contact for more information?
Langdon Perry Evans ’13, Seattle, Washington - lpevans@eckerd.edu

What's New at Eckerd

U Car Share comes to Eckerd College!

Eckerd College now offers an option for students who won’t have a personal car on campus or would like to be able to run errands every so often without having to bring a car to campus!

Click on this link to learn more: http://www.eckerd.edu/green/transportation/uhaulcarshare.php

To become a U Car Share member you must meet the following criteria:

Applicants between 18 and 21 years of age must:

  • have had their United States or Canadian license for at least 2 years.
  • not have have any minor violations on their driving record.
  • not have and have never had any excessive speed violations on their driving record.
  • not have and have never had any major violations on their driving record.
  • not have and have never had any alcohol or drug related violations on their driving record.

Applicants 21 years of age and older must:

  • have had their United States or Canadian license for at least 2 years.
  • not have more than 2 accidents and/or minor moving violations within the past 3 years.
  • have zero excessive speed violations within the past 3 years (20+ mph over the speed limit).
  • have zero major violations involving reckless, aggressive, careless or inattentive driving within the past 3 years.
  • have zero alcohol or drug related violations within the past 5 years.

Eckerd College is excited to be able to offer this new service to the EC Community! We hope our students will sign up and take advantage.

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Fast Facts

1,870

Number of full-time students at Eckerd College

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4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

(800) 456-9009
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