March 16, 2014

Gallery to Showcase Students’ Experiences in Ecuador

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By AIMEE CHO

Fifteen students who traveled to Intag, Ecuador over Winter Break as part of a service learning course will open a gallery Monday afternoon in the Human Ecology building, which showcases their experiences, according to Prof. James Lassoie, natural resources.

The course, IARD 4940: Special Topics in International Agriculture and Rural Development, is a two-semester experimental course offered for the first time this year. Martin Zorrilla ’13 came up with the idea for the course and approached Lassoie and Prof. Charlotte Jirousek, fiber science and apparel, about teaching it. The gallery is dedicated to Jirousek, who died at age 75 due to a heart attack on Feb. 25.

“[Jirousek] was the one who came up with the idea of creating a gallery, and the students got really excited about it,” Lassoie said. “The students were really devastated by her untimely [death]. They wanted to share their ideas about her, so they decided to dedicate the gallery to her. There’s a section in the exhibit with lots of pictures and comments about her.”

Students who traveled to Ecuador over Winter Break as part of a service learning course will open a gallery Monday afternoon. (Alice Pahm / Sun Staff Photographer)

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