18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
On July 22, Medaille welcomed fifteen high-school students from Yeongcheon City, South Korea who are participating in an experiential, community-based learning Introduction to American Culture Program.
The program is three weeks long, and is being led primarily by Medaille English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors Marvin Mahle and Dylan Gabrini.
The students, from various schools within Yeongcheon City, were selected for participation by their high school principals and teachers, based on academics and English proficiency. They are living on campus for the duration of the program.
The cultural and educational exchange includes activities such as tours of the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Science Museum, Darwin Martin House, Buffalo Botanical Gardens, Roycroft Campus, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Spirit of Buffalo, and Forest Lawn Cemetery; trips to Niagara Falls, Darien Lake and the Walden Galleria Mall; and events like a Buffalo Bisons game, the Eden Corn Festival, and Shakespeare in the Park, among many others.
The students are also participating in community-based learning experiences, coordinated by Bridget Brace-MacDonald, at Valley Community Association, Greenzone Development, and the Buffalo City Mission.
Professors Norm Muir, James Brace, Courtney Grim, and Jerry Erion, as well as Reading & Writing Specialist Emily Ryan-Radder, accompanied students on a number of the tours. Alumni Ruby Cheng ’11, Leah Lichtenberger ’12, and Danielle Rollins ’12 are assisting with the coordination of evening activities.
The program, in its first year, is one of many efforts for Medaille to develop international relationships.
The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.