Do you think teachers sit around and work on their lesson plans and come up with new class activities during our summer vacations? Haha! Sorry to disappoint you, but Globe University-La Crosse instructors need to have a life outside of school too, so we can revitalize for next quarter.
Rocking out in Chicago: DeAnn Prezel (business program chair)
Weekend road trips fit great into summer vacation or anytime I need to ‘escape’ for a couple days. A recent road trip my husband and I took was to visit the Windy City. I love Chicago and all that it offers. This road trip was extra special because we were staying at our favorite hotel – the Palmer House Hilton in the heart of downtown. We were also attending a private concert featuring Eddie Money so we were excited for the weekend activities. Chicago, the Palmer House and Eddie did not disappoint. Weekend road trips make me happy. I always feel refreshed and ready to hit the classroom.
Being Wild in a Summer Show: Rhonda Staats (health care management program chair)
I hit my wildness marks when I played Miss Mazeppa, the gladiator stripper, in the musical “Gypsy.” Gypsy tells the story of the making of Gypsy Rose Lee, a strip tease artist extraordinaire, whose motto was, “Make them beg for more, and then don’t give it to them!” I adore putting on shows. There is a togetherness and a heightened emotional atmosphere that is incredibly exhilarating, and not to be missed! I love being wild in a summer show!
Paddling in Underground Caves: Jodie Liedke (general education coordinator)
I usually like to take the high road, but last summer I took the underground option in Mexico. I visited a wild theme park, Xplor (so extreme you had to wear a helmet and no alcohol was served), where I zip-lined above the canopy, off-roaded in an amphibious vehicle, and hiked, swam, and rafted in underground caves. Taking the break to sport my aqua socks and rash guard (both musts for this place), is essential for my effectiveness as a teacher. Like students, I need to explore and let loose too, not only to re-energize to preserve my upbeat personality in the classroom, but to have wild stories to tell them when I get back to school to demonstrate how life can be turned into a story through writing.
Taking on the Sting Rays: Carolyn Moe (director of career services)
My husband and I went on a cruise in the Caribbean and one of our stops was the Grand Cayman Islands. We got to swim with HUGE stingrays! At first it seemed absolutely terrifying, and I did not want to even get into the water, but after a little coaxing, I hopped in. It turned out to be one of the most peaceful and surreal experiences. ‘Jumping in’ and experiencing what you are afraid of is what makes a person strong. I think of this as a metaphor to my life—Experience the unknown, even if you are afraid. You might just learn something wonderful about yourself.
Are you a teacher? What adventures do you find yourself in each summer to revitalize yourself for the classroom?
This post was written by Jodie Liedke. Liedke, a true Wisconsinite, having labored four summers in a mozzarella factory, received her BA from Lakeland College and her Masters in Fine Arts from Wichita State University in Kansas. Liedke is the General Education and Service-Learning Coordinator, a Creative Quill and Writing Across the Curriculum lead, and the adviser/instructor for GLUWW (Globe La Crosse Writers Write). When not writing creatively, Liedke enjoys watching films, exploring the outdoors, and biking.