Students from Davidson County Community College (N.C.) experienced first-hand what it is like to live and work in China while on one of five study abroad trips sponsored by the college. During the 12-day trip, the students took classes on Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting and Chinese culture. They heard briefings on the Chinese education and medical systems. They also took short courses on the Chinese financial system and business management styles and met with representatives from Bank of America in Shanghai and members of Rotary International. The group’s travels took them to the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Bei Hai Park, Lama Temple and a Chinese acrobatics show. They took a pedicab tour through the Hutongs and visited a water town. They also visited Chinese farmers who had become painters after being displaced from their farms and tried their hand at the craft. The trip’s purpose was to help DCCC students learn through experience about the social, economic and cultural impact of globalization on the country. Before the trip, the four student participants — Emma Rogers, Mahamane Moussa, Chad Leftwich and Marcela Soto — researched the different places they would travel to gain some understanding of life in China before experiencing it firsthand.
While in China, the students encountered many new experiences. They used a variety of transportation modes — planes, trains, taxis, subways, pedicabs and boats —some for the first time. They communicated without knowing the language and tasted different types of food.
From left: DCCC instructor Peggy Grotberg and students Emma Rogers, Chad Leftwich, Marcela Soto and Mahamane Moussa (kneeling) visit the Great Wall of China.
Pensacola State College (Fla.) presented the acclaimed Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, in the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio. Known for its beautiful, athletic style in a repertory ranging from the lyric to the avant garde, Wylliams/Henry is a professional dance company based in Kansas City. They have been hailed by critics and audiences as one of the most exciting, captivating dance troupes in the Midwest. Their works include classics as well as new works expressing important social issues from the Holocaust to racism. Wylliams/Henry has been spotlighted in Dance Magazine’s Critic’s Choice issue of “favorite picks across America” and in the National Endowment for the Arts Report. The dance company also serves as artists-in-residence at University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. The dance company was featured as guest performers at Pensacola State’s 33rd annual Summer Dance Workshop.
Members of The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company