Class to kayak for credit on Alaska trip

By Andra Holbrooks

Dr. Jamey Plunk, Dr. Chifta Foster and Dr. Mickey Kerr, exercise sports science professors, along with several students (with majors other than EXSS), are taking a ten-day adventure trip through America’s largest state, Alaska. The students enrolled can earn up to five credit hours in the EXSS department.

Shane Schneider said, “I have always wanted to go to Alaska, and I’m going on this trip to get the experience I have been waiting for.”

Schneider is also going to receive PE credits for his degree.

Trip planning has been underway for quite some time. The costs, daily agenda and lodging are all set up for the Aug. 5-14 trip.

Plunk said costs “include tuition for class hours plus $1,400 to $1,800 dollars for airfare and other trip expenses. The class is limited to a total of 17 students.”

Photo by Andra Holbrooks, The Bells

Photo by Andra Holbrooks, The Bells

Several spots are still available for the “once in a lifetime experience to get away from the city life,” as Kelsey Greeson, a junior business management major, described it.

“Very few people get the opportunity to see Alaska at a reasonable cost, and it will definitely be an adventure,” Greeson said.

Plunk said, “Registration for the summer and fall semesters won’t begin until next week, so we’re not exactly sure how many will be going yet.”

Many students have not heard trip details. Flyers are posted around Mayborn and a slide show plays on the TV behind the connection desk for more information.

The idea of the trip didn’t just come out of the blue. There are high hopes this first-time trip through UMHB could be one to add to the list of its traditions.

“Dr. Cliffa Foster has a close friend, Brenda Crimm, who is a NAMB (North American Mission Board) missionary in Alaska,” Plunk said. “The two of them originally came up with the idea with the notion that this trip could become an annual event.”

Professors and students will be staying at Crimm’s church, which will provide food, transportation and lodging.

“None of the faculty going have ever been before,” Plunk said.

It is sure to be quite an adventure. He said a daily agenda has been organized, but “will be modified according to weather conditions.” Alaska weather tends to change on the dime.

“A typical day will consist of camping, angling or kayaking,” Plunk said.

“I am most excited about getting to go to Alaska period,” Schneider said. “It has always been one of the top spots on my list of places to visit. I am also excited about going fishing. I love the sport and cannot wait, and I probably won’t want to leave.”

The group will get the chance to give back to the Anchorage community as well, Plunk said.

“Students will also participate in a couple of mission projects organized by Ms. Crimm.”

Author: The Bells Staff

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