SRU Honors College students will visit Montreal for annual spring trip
More than 100 students from the Slippery Rock University Honors College will visit Montreal, Canada, April 4-7, as part of their spring bus trip.
March 26, 2019
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Each year, students in Slippery Rock University's Honors College visit cities like New York City, Boston and Toronto, Ontario, to learn about culture and build comradery. This year's destination will again take them north of the border to Montreal, Quebec, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. A total of 108 Honors College students will visit Canada's second-largest city, April 4-7.
"Traveling is just a wonderful way to learn about different parts of the world," said George Brown, professor of political science and director of the Honors College. Brown and Jason Hilton, associate professor of secondary education/foundations of education and associate director of the Honors College, will accompany the students. "This trip provides real value as a cultural and educational experience, especially with a city like Montreal that is more like a European city, but within driving distance. It's a good deal for the students and it will be a lot of fun."
The Honors College covers the cost of bus transportation and hotels, while students must pay for meals and activities. The students selected Montreal through an online poll and nearly all of the 158 Honors College students signed up for the trip which was capped at 108 spots on a first-come, first-served basis due to the seating capacity on the two busses that will be used.
"Montreal is a desirable city for SRU Honors College students to visit because its culture, norms and values are largely different from our own," said Nichole Miller, a junior biology major from Volant, who is an honors student and part of the planning committee. "Montreal has its own fascinating history, vibrant arts scene and delicious food that gives the city an immense amount of character. I am hoping honors students will learn to respectfully appreciate other cultures and make the most of their time while there."
The SRU group will be staying in the historic neighborhood of Vieux-Montreal, or "Old Montreal," and visit museums including Centre d'histoire de Montréal, the city's history museum, as well the city's botanical gardens, fine arts museum and the Olympic Park and Observatory.
"I love going to museums because I think of them as windows to the past," Brown said. "If you use your imagination, the museums can tell you a lot about the cultural norms of the past and it's just fascinating."
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