High-schoolers return from Italy fine arts trip
June 23, 2014

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Students explore Florence
May 31 saw the return of the 10 high school students who participated in the first-ever Bryan College Dual Enrollment Italy Tour, along with several Bryan faculty and staff and one parent who accompanied the group.
 
Although the idea for a dual enrollment trip was in the works for five years, concrete planning for the actual tour did not begin until September 2013.  Coordinator for Strategic Support Anna Adams said that it was an honor to offer to high-schoolers Bryan’s vision of “not just leaning in the classroom, but being able to integrate what they’re learning with actual life” and “giving the students the opportunity to learn about fine arts and then to see the very fine arts they’re learning about.”
 
Students spend the day in Venice
Led by Anna Adams, Professor of Music Dr. Mel Wilhoit and his wife Sue (adjunct), Campus Visit Coordinator Amanda Peckman, and Vice President of Spiritual Formation Matt Benson, the tour lasted from May 14-31.  During the two-week period the students stayed at Bryan’s longtime partner Saints Bible Institute in San Lorenzo, Italy.  They saw everything from the wonders of Rome, Venice, and Florence, to the delights of less well known cities such as Valvezone and Pordenone.
 
Tom and Karen Viets, parents of attendee Jenna Viets, said, “Our daughter had the time of her life.  She saw and learned a lot and formed relationships that mean so much to her.  Grinning from ear to ear, she summed it all up with ‘it was magical.’”
 
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; chloe.nardone@bryan.edu.