Academic journal article Honors in Practice

Living It

Academic journal article Honors in Practice

Living It

Article excerpt

Sam Schuman spoke more and more about the "whole student" in recent years, but those of us who knew him decades ago, when NCHC's Honors Semesters just got started, had a dramatic instance of just what this meant. Sam directed our only summer project, the 1978 Maine Summer Semester, in which one of my own students participated.

They explored Acadian culture, they explored the natural environment of the Acadian culture, the Coasts, and inland Maine, they studied and they lived the synthesis of place But for me the most interesting moment came when, after the entire program was over, Sam invited anyone who wanted to join him to climb Mount Katahdin--because he believed even then, in 1978, that wholeness meant doing, not just reading about or imagining And they went, and they found both the Semester and the climb amazing. All of this I know about because my student has never forgotten a moment of that magical summer and talks to me about it still.

Sam believed that it's important to live it.

Editors Post-Script: Sam described this Honors Semesters experience as his "favorite NCHC memory" in the 2014 booklet of the NCHC Fellows. …

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