By Jen Roberts
This week we are continuing to prepare for our departure to Cuba on Thursday. Travelers will be meeting daily to go over our itinerary and travel logistics. I am going through scenarios and planning on how I will cover the fast pace adventure we will be embarking on shortly!
I want to take this opportunity to introduce everyone that is traveling. Let’s start with the faculty and why they wanted to teach a Travel Study course in Cuba.
S. Kent Miller
Kent Miller, a 1973 graduate of Culver-Stockton College, is a professor of theatre and chair of the Fine Arts Division. He earned his M.F.A. in theatre design from Western Illinois University in the areas of scene, lighting and costume design with an emphasis in scenic design. Before returning to C-SC, Mr. Miller was with the theatre department at Western Illinois University for nine years as technical director.
“I have had an interest in going to Cuba ever since I was a student at Culver-Stockton. My Spanish professor was a Cuban refugee who was forced out of Cuba by Fidel Castro. When I found out there was opening for educational experience for college students in Cuba, I knew it would be a great 3-week trip. I volunteered to accompany the other professors as a part of my faculty development.”
Dr. Thomas C. Polett
Dr. Polett is a professor of music at Culver-Stockton College, where he teaches brass instruments, music theory and is the director of jazz studies. Dr. Polett earned his bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree from Arizona State University, and his doctorate from the University of Georgia. He is currently the principal trombonist with the Quincy Symphony and the Muddy River Opera.
“I have always had a fascination with the music of Cuba. It has an extremely rich tradition with African roots and it is a melting pot of musical and artistic culture. I think the chance to experience this music and heritage firsthand is the most exciting aspect of this course.”
David J. Carrothers
David Carrothers is a senior lecturer in criminal justice. He began teaching criminal justice courses at Tarleton State University in 2007, and has been teaching at Culver-Stockton College since 2011. Prior to teaching, Carrothers spent his career in law enforcement. In addition to holding a Texas Peace Officer license for 30 years, he served 15 years as a city manager, supervising the day-to-day operations of all city governmental functions including the police department.
“I feel honored to be able to go and I am excited that we are documenting this course the way we are. There is so much to explore in Cuba. It is a country that for the most part, Americans have been kept out for 50 years. Our students and the people following the blog will be able to compare and contrast Cuban culture to American life.”
Here’s a quick look at the students going:
- Vince Adams, freshman criminal justice major from Wentzville, Mo.
- Craig Bastert, senior criminal justice major from Loraine, Ill.
- Ben Bruckerhoff, sophomore criminal justice major from Elsberry, Mo.
- Lisa Button, senior accountancy and finance major from Adel, Iowa.
- Thad Farley, junior history major from Kirksville, Mo.
- Justin Ferris, junior legal studies major from Washington, Mo.
- Abbi Frings, freshman political science major from Champaign, Ill.
- Ian Hoffman, sophomore political science major from Mundelein, Ill.
- Jessica Jansen, senior individualized major from Canton, Mo.
- Keegan Kindle, junior criminal justice and psychology major from Macon, Mo.
- Jesse King, freshman criminal justice major from Louisville, Ky.
- Celeste Land, senior biological chemistry major from Marshfield, Mo.
- Jose Mejias, sophomore sport management major from Lecheria, Venezuela.
- Sean Mitchell, junior criminal justice from New Berlin, Ill.
- Brandon Mundshenk, senior theatre major from Deer Park, Ill.
- Lina Schiel-Madsen, senior mathematics major from Kvaerndrup, Denmark.