We checked in with a number of Eagle Rock staff members and faculty to find out what they are up to during the trimester break that started last week and ends in early-September — and some of their activities are more exciting than you might think.
These dedicated faculty and administrators are taking to the summer heat by attending bicycling competitions at altitudes of more than 10,000 feet; canoeing in the Yukon Territory; attending music festivals with an endless string of bands; and even spending time on a volcanic island.
Below, in no particular order, is an offering of “What I’m Doing on My Summer (Trimester) Break,” summed up by 10 Eagle Rock staff and faculty members:
Brighid Scanlon, our instructional specialist in world languages, is in Nicaragua to spend some time on Isla de Ometepe, a volcanic island (see image above). She plans to do lots of yoga and hiking while staying in an international community on the island.
Jesse Beightol, our instructional specialist in outdoor education is spending his break canoeing the Snake River in the Yukon Territory. He and Jack Hilbrich, a 2014-15 Public Allies Fellow in Outdoor Education who returns to us as a contract instructor this fall, are driving to Whitehorse and then flying to the river. They are spending about 18 days whitewater canoeing. This article from The New York Times (Far, Maybe Too Far, Into the Yukon) covers where they are and what they’re doing.
Dan Condon, associate director of professional development, is heading off to Aspen to watch Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. He says it’s like a United States version of the Tour De France — only much steeper.
Meghan Tokunaga-Scanlon, our instructional specialist in music said her plans include moving herself and her belongings into Spruce House so she can start her journey as a house parent. (This will be Meghan’s eighth move in eight years, by the way.)
Anna Magle-Haberek, an instructional specialist in human performance and outdoor education, is heading off to a family reunion on Fishers Island, off the coast of Connecticut.
Jacques Fournet, our residential life coordinator, attended the 25th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo., with his partner and seven-month-old baby girl. It’s the first time his daughter and her six cousins converged. From Aug. 14-16 they rocked it with Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gillian Welch, and the Waifs.
Sarah Bertucci, a professional development associate, is heading off to her sister’s wedding in Burlington, Vt.
Anastacia Galloway, another professional development associate, swears she is going to catch up on all the sleep of which she was deprived while staying up late with Pinon House residents this past trimester.
Kelsey Baun, a professional development adjunct, just wrapped up three days and nights at the New West Fest, put on by the Bohemian Foundation in Fort Collins, Colo. This festival has national headliner music acts and local favorites on four different stages. They also offered local food, clothing, and art vendors with rides for the young ones set up. In fact, the music festival pretty much takes over all of downtown Fort Collins.
Jen Frickey, our director of curriculum, is heading back to Ontario to reconnect with family, friends, gorgeous lakes and friendly mosquitoes.
While the trimester break is now in full swing, many Eagle Rock staff members remain on campus working on various projects related to facilities, instructional planning, professional development, and the arrival of the 2015/2016 Public Allies Fellows. If you need to reach someone on staff and can’t get through by phone, please reach out to that staff member by email.