Posted 10 months ago
By John Axtell
A group of Chadron State College students and professors left for London on Sunday, the 36th straight year the school’s Justice Studies program has made the Study Abroad trip. They’ll return home in two weeks on the 25th.
This year’s group includes 13 Justice Studies students led by department head Dr Tracy Nobiling and 14 Education students, accompanied by Dr Patti Blundell and department chair Dr Don King.
Nobiling, who took over coordinating the London trip from the late Dr George Watson, says there’s a big difference in this year’s trip from those in the past: it’s not being done in conjunction with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
“We chose to use a third-party provider for the first time, in part in hopes of encouraging other CSC departments to propose similar trips to other countries using this company in the future.”
Because of the relationships developed early on by Dr Watson with officials in the British courts and at New Scotland Yard, the CSC students have always been able to visit some places generally off-limits even to educational groups.
Nobiling says those long-term ties paid off again this year because when the third-party travel provider was turned down on requests to visit several places…including Scotland Yard…she was able to use the connections originally developed by Watson to set up visits to them anyway.
The Justice Studies trip has the goal of showing the students differences and similarities between American, British, and international law and their courts systems, but have also included the option of cultural sidetrips and Nobiling says that’s true again this year.
“We will continue to offer trips to Paris and Glasgow (Scotland), but at the company’s suggest we replaced Cambridge this year with Bath…which has some of the finest Roman ruins in Great Britain.
Nobiling requires each of her 13 students to submit either a written daily journal or to post a blog…and she’s pleased that at least 9 of them will be blogging. She sees it as a better use of their time plus a way to let everyone know how the trip is going.
“Many of them will still be tweeting, but blogging means the students won’t have to try to call family and friends to let them know they’re fine. It’s also a way for those who’ve made the trip in the past to follow this year’s group and feel a connection with them.
Nobiling admits bloggers on the trip have struggle with connections the past 2 years, but she thinks more reliable Wi-Fi signals and the use of several iPads should eliminate those problems. The blogs and photos of the trip can be see at http://www.csc.edu/justicestudies/.