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GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENTS FROM AQUINAS COLLEGE AND OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY JOIN TOGETHER FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TRIP TO ALASKA

July 20, 2005 - Matthew Tueth, Ph.D., Steelcase Foundation Professor of Sustainable Business at Aquinas and Tom Wikle, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Science and Professor of Geography at Oklahoma State University are traveling to Alaska with adult students from Monday, July 25 to Monday, August 8. The course is designed for students majoring in geography, history, outdoor recreation, environmental science geology, fisheries/wildlife and sustainable business with an emphasis on management of natural and cultural resources. The group will be backpacking, camping and hiking. Tueth and Wikle have been offering a unique learning experience to students each summer for eight years and have visited various National Parks.

This two-week course in resource management in national parks includes such subjects as wilderness management, management of park facilities, water resources, air quality, visitor impact, fire management, resource policy and forest ecology and management. The group will be visiting Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park where they will go on an all day boat excursion.

The students on the trip will learn first hand about resource management practices in U.S. national parks and explore careers in the national park service. Credit is offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level and at Aquinas the three credits can be earned in geography or sustainable business.

To learn more about this wonderful opportunity, please call Matt Tueth, (616) 632-2191 or Brenda Hennink, one of the adult students going on the trip and director of adult student recruitment at Aquinas (616) 632-2923.