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• B Y D A R R I A N M C C L E L L A N ’ 1 6 •

wenty-one members of the Lycoming

College community spent two weeks

in May in the Dominican Republic as the

culmination of a course in globalization.

During the spring semester, students

attended class to learn about the

Dominican Republic as a part of the larger

international system, participated in team-

building activities and discussed what

to expect while in the Dominican. The

class was part of the college’s model to

encourage service-learning experiences.

“This trip increased the passion I have

for community service and has truly made

me a citizen of the world, not just a citizen

of the United States of America,” said

Zach Murphy ’14, of Montgomery, N.Y.

Highlights of the trip included two large

projects that were created and facilitated

by the group. The first project was the

construction of an orchard. The class

bought more than 1,200 fruit trees and

1,000 hardwood trees and successfully

planted 450 of them before they left.

The second project was a trip to the

mountaintop community of El Naranjito,

in an effort to aid the impoverished

community by connecting it with small

businesses in the United States, such as

Alabaster Coffee Roaster and Tea Co.

in Williamsport. This is an ongoing

relationship that they plan to continue.

The team also participated in many

smaller projects, such as two food

outreaches during which 350 bags of

food were provided to two communities,

and one medical outreach in which 708

people were assisted. This gave native

Dominicans much-needed access to

doctors, dentists, counselors, barbers,

clothing and food. They also helped in

the restoration of a park and distributed

baseball equipment that was donated by

Little League International.

“My most meaningful experience

involved a medical outreach,” said N.J.

Stanley, Ph.D., associate professor and

chair of theatre. “We traveled to a small

village called Peralta and assisted a

team of dentists and doctors who had

volunteered their time to help people in

need of medical care. Several students

and I were assigned to assist two dentists

working in a classroom who mostly pulled

teeth for almost five hours. I was struck

by how brave the people were. My heart

ached for them.”

The main purpose of the trip was to give

back to the community through service,

but that did not stop them from enjoying

their surroundings as well.

“The experience was so physically and

sometimes emotionally tiring that we

just needed a break for some fun,” said

Jonathan Williamson, Ph.D., chair and

assistant professor of political science. In

its free time, the group traveled to beaches,

the local farmers market or spent the night

dancing away with their new Dominican


“I took 16 wonderful students on this

trip, and I saw them become 16 inspiring

people,” said Caroline Payne, Ph.D.,

assistant professor of political science,

who taught the course. “They learned

to work together as a group and come

together as one in times of need.”

For the trip, Payne partnered with

the nonprofit organization Advancing

Communities by Educating and

Serving, which was founded in 2005 in

Williamsport and does regular outreach in

the Dominican Republic.

Participants included Murphy, seniors

Katelyn Conway, of Palmyra, N.J.; Luke

Dohrman, of Huntingtown, Md.; Maralee

Fye, of Bellefonte; Matiana Gallegos, of

Denver, Colo.; Matthew Ruth, of Seven

Valleys; Katherine Wrona, of Arnold;

and Andrew Yetzer, of Ridgway; juniors

Anders Apiolaza, of Allentown; Sarah

Beddingfield, of Colorado City, Texas;

Shannon Sheridan, of Danville; and Holly

Worth, of Linden; and sophomores Joshua

Evans, of Toms River, N.J., and Amanda

Ferster, of Sunbury. Drew Tompkins

’13, of Montgomery, and Anna Tietzel, a

Fulbright language teaching assistant, also


Payne was accompanied by Stanley;

Williamson and his wife, Jessica; Jeffrey

LeCrone, Lycoming’s campus minister;

and Linell Stabler, president of ACES

North America.




Jonathan Williamson, assistant professor of

political science, works on material for a new