Smart See, Smart Do: Bridgewater College Equestrian Center
Aug30

Smart See, Smart Do: Bridgewater College Equestrian Center

by Su Clauson-Wicker Most students ask "Can I bring my car to campus?”   But at Bridgewater College, the question is "Can I bring my horse?" Campus tour guides are happy to say that at Bridgewater, the answer is often yes. Spaces are reserved for student horses in Bridgewater’s equestrian center, where steeds experience all the comforts of home as well as extras like automated waterers. Prospective students should plan a college visit that includes Bridgewater College’s year-round equestrian center. The facility includes two barns, 30 horses, two outdoor arenas, and one of the largest indoor arenas in western Virginia – a world-class facility to supportits flourishing equestrian program. “I feel we have a top-of-the-line facility, one comparable with any equestrian center,”says Beth Boteler, Bridgewater College assistant director of riding. The 10-year-old equestrian program has taken either first or second place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships five years running and placed in the top five nationally in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association this year. The team practices and hosts intercollegiate horse shows at the riding and training facility located 15 minutes from campus. The 75-acre center includes fully-equipped classrooms, heated tack rooms, jumps, other support structures, and a full string of horses capable of teaching all levels of riders. Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college in the Central ShenandoahValley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,700 undergraduate students. Planning a college visit is easy. Just call Admissions at 1-800-759-8328 or 540-515-3753. If you would like to arrange a visit with a professor or coach, attend a class,or visit the equestrian center, please schedule at least a week in advance. Saturday appointments fill quickly, so call as early as possible. Explore Bridgewater College on SmartCollegeVisit: Academic Profile - demographics, requirements, campus tour video, travel...

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Smart See, Smart Do: Channeling Bing Crosby at Gonzaga University
Dec14

Smart See, Smart Do: Channeling Bing Crosby at Gonzaga University

Everybody, join in: “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the …

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Smart See, Smart Do: Liberty University’s Snowflex

I’m dreaming of a white… well, anytime of the year, really. When Reverend Jerry Falwell set out to build an accredited Christian university for evangelical believers, he had several things in mind. As was Falwell’s vision, students have the opportunity to pray before classes, partake in countless concerts, conferences, and spiritual activities, and become part of the many Liberty University traditions—all while pursuing a degree in any number of fields. What Jerry probably never could have imagined, however, was America’s first ever Snowflex. This is the part when you ask: "What in the world is Snowflex?"  Originally created by Briton Engineering’s Brian Thomas, Snowflex is a synthetic material created to simulate a virtually real skiing experience—without the snow! Snowflex is acclaimed as the most successful artificial terrain for the sport for several reasons, and Liberty University is the first to bring the design to US soil. Unlike other artificial slopes, Snowflex creates the forward speed and edge control that you get with real snow. The texture is very similar to the harder side of Velcro and it is easy to form, which is optimal for creating jumps and interesting terrain. The best part about LU’s facility? It’s completely free to Liberty students. In addition to snowboarding and skiing, tubing is offered at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre for those of us who are less adventurous. Though you can use the facility at any time of the year, there is a state-of-the-art lodge conveniently located next to the slope for the colder weather. Though LMSC is only free for Liberty students, it is open to the general public from 12 p.m – 12 a.m between Monday and Thursday, 12 p.m – 1 a.m on Friday, 10 a.m- 1 a.m on Saturday and 1 p.m – 12 a.m on Sunday. Visit the Liberty Mountain Snowflex webpage for more information. And, be sure to schedule some time to go snowboarding or tubing after your campus tour. It will definitely make this campus a campus visit you'll be sure to remember! Liberty University1971 University BlvdLynchburg, VA 24502(800) 543-5317  Planning to visit Liberty University? Be sure to check out our Travel Tips to help you plan your college visit or, click here to search for a nearby hotel.You may also download or print our free Smart College Visit Evaluation Form to help keep track of all of your campus visits. *** Valerie McGinnis is a freelance writer and student at Liberty University. Val will graduate in 2011 with a degree in English. She is a regular contributor to SmartCollegeVisit. *** Visit our YouTube Channel for more videos from our Smart See, Smart Do...

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Smart See, Smart Do: Emory University
Aug24

Smart See, Smart Do: Emory University

When on a campus tour, be sure to allow time in your schedule to discover additional opportunities for learning — we think of it as part of the "Smart See, Smart Do" — the college or university has to offer.  Curators of Learning Founded in 1919, Emory University's landmark museum, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, holds the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast at 16,000 objects. It is also the only University Museum to present the travelling King Tut exhibition: Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.   Museum curators and staff are not just about acquiring artifacts and exhibitions, they're about creating opportunities for learning. According to Elizabeth Hornor, Education Director, some of the ways students at Emory engage with the Carlos Museum include: Serving as a Museum Docent and lead K-12 students on gallery tours Attending classes related to the collections and exhibitions taught by faculty & curators, or the conservator Earning course credit through the competitive Andrew W. Mellon summer internship program Hornor says, "We are open to new ideas for ways that students can make use of the Museum's collections." Anne Marie Gan ’08 undertook coursework, internships, and research projects at the Carlos Museum. She served as a student docent while fulfilling her undergraduate majors in art history and Italian and completed a semester-long practical internship in the Museum’s Parsons Conservation Laboratory. Gan is one of 18 American students to receive the Luce Scholarship sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation to promote interaction with Asia. She is completing her work in Preah Norodom Sihanouk Angkor Museum in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Art History major, Madeline Schiller, enjoys her time as a student Docent. She is specifically interested in the Greek and Roman collection. Prior to becoming a docent, she supported the Office of Education’s summer camp, Camp Carlos, and hopes to work in museums, specifically in the field of education.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sunday, 12 noon – 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and on university holidays. For more information about exhibits and learning opportunities, please visit the museum web site.  Michael C. Carlos MuseumEmory University201 Dowman DriveAtlanta, Georgia 30322404.727.6123www.carlos.emory.edu Campus tours and visit information at Emory is coordinated by each individual school. To learn more or to contact the school programs, please go to the University's Campus Visit page. Click here to search for a nearby hotel. Be sure to check out Travel Tips to help you plan your college visit. You may also download or print our free Smart College Visit evaluation form to help keep track of all of your campus visits. ### Four-year colleges and universities interested in...

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Smart See, Smart Do: Mary Baldwin College
Aug10

Smart See, Smart Do: Mary Baldwin College

Mary Baldwin College has a bark you won’t forget.  A great deal can be said about the value of academia and historical landmarks among universities, but what makes a college campus truly unique are the traditions established among students. At Mary Baldwin College the student body is united as a community in many ways, one of the most prominent being the annual painting of Da and Da. Who are Da and Da, you ask?    In 2003 the MBC senior art students, in an attempt to leave their mark on campus, created plaster casts of the two dogs (Ham and Jam) that sit at the front of the Administrative Building. The replicates were named Da and Da after the Dadaist movement of 20th century art. Each year Da and Da get a fresh coat of paint given generously by the graduating seniors to reflect whatever style they choose.  While laughing over various campus traditions and endearing anecdotes reflecting their professors, the senior art majors often decorate the dogs to portray things such as professors or MBC customs. In 2009 the graduating class painted Da and Da to look like Paul Ryan, MBC professor of art, and Jim Sconyers, MBC assistant professor of art. Check out pictures of the 2009 painting of Da and Da or come see them for yourself by scheduling a visit. Tours are available upon request to ensure your visit to Mary Baldwin College is as fulfilling as possible. For additional information contact the admissions office at 1-800-468-2262 or [email protected] Mary Baldwin CollegeOffice of AdmissionsStaunton, VA  24401www.mbc.edu Planning to visit Mary Baldwin College? Click here to search for a nearby hotel. Be sure to check out Travel Tips to help you plan your college visit. You may also download or print our free Smart College Visit evaluation form to help keep track of all of your campus visits. ### Valerie McGinnis is a freelance writer and student at Liberty University. Val will graduate in 2011 with a degree in English. Smart See, Smart Do™ is a regular series appearing on...

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Smart See, Smart Do: Wake Forest University
Aug04

Smart See, Smart Do: Wake Forest University

Hit the books in style at Z. Smith Reynolds Library  While the library of any college campus is a site that most students will see a lot of, it is not necessarily a site one will want to see a lot of.  At Wake Forest University, however, this is not the case.  Z. Smith Reynolds Library encompasses the spirit and purpose of Wake Forest—academic passion and community.  It has the same architectural beauty as the rest of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina campus while still maintaining its logistical purpose—to help students, faculty, and staff succeed. With over 52 employed librarians, all of whom have a masters in library science, you can count on the fact that the staff is more than equipped and eager to assist library patrons—and you might need assistance in navigating ZSR’s wide array of material.  The Reynolds wing, which is the first room you’ll walk into while visiting, is the original library.  The Wilson Wing is an annex and was completed in 1991.  The atrium that joins the two together is both stunning and practical, including additional study space and a 20th century Browsing Collection.  Also available for student and community use is a rare books collection, over 1.7 million volumes in text, study rooms, and a two-story Starbucks—an invaluable resource for any student attempting an all-nighter.  The Bridge is the technical support area on campus, conveniently located where a great majority of students bring their laptops to study. To find out more about the Z. Smith Reynolds Library stop by on your campus visit and experience this campus hub. Attend a Wake Forest information session, offered every day at 9 a.m, 12 p.m, and 2 p.m except on weekends and during finals.  In order to ensure the best accommodations during these sessions, call ahead of time to make a reservation at 336.758.5201.  Contact the admissions office by emailing [email protected] Wake Forest University 1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem NC 27106 Telephone: (336) 758-5201 Planning to visit Wake Forest University?  Click here to search for a nearby hotel. Be sure to check out Travel Tips to help you plan your college visit. You may also download or print our free Smart College Visit evaluation form to help keep track of all of your campus visits. *** Valerie McGinnis is a freelance writer and student at Liberty University. Val will graduate in 2011 with a degree in English. Smart See, Smart Do™ is a regular series appearing on...

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