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Danville Community College students, along with DCC History Department Chair Dr. Mark Wallace and Averett Religion Professor Dr. Bill Trimyer participated in a Study Abroad trip to Greece and Turkey. They are shown visiting Ephesus, Turkey. Left, to right, the group included (front row): Kirk Smith, Darcey Pittmon, Cameron Walker, and Dr. Bill Trimyer; (back row): Dr. Mark C. Wallace, Whitney Minter and Beth Dixon.

DANVILLE, VA, August 6, 2010 – The Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Constantinople, Ephesus, and Mykonos were just a few of the destinations on Danville Community College’s most recent Study Abroad program to Greece and Turkey. Led by Dr. Mark C. Wallace, chair of the DCC History Department, and Averett University Religion Professor Dr. Bill Trimyer, the trip included five DCC students. The group participated in the 10-day land/sea-based journey throughout two continents and included stops in Athens, Istanbul, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini.

Wallace said the participants embarked upon an historical and religious expedition which impressed upon each the influence and importance of Greek and Turkish history, architecture, art, philosophy, and religion. The DCC students who participated included Kirk Smith, Darcey Pittmon, Cameron Walker, Whitney Minter and Beth Dixon.

“The tour was a great synthesis of ancient and modern history, and allowed us to better comprehend and understand the interaction between different cultures,? Wallace explains. “Particularly, I was impressed with Turkey and feel that to truly appreciate another society, one must assume a proactive approach and learn for one’s self, not simply rely upon opinions and political bias.?

Steeped in rich history, Greece and Turkey provided exposure to some of the world’s most fascinating structures and sites. Of particular interest were the Greek Parthenon, completed in 438 BC; Istanbul and its stimulating Grand Bazaar; the Hagia Sophia completed by Justinian in 537; the ancient city of Ephesus; and the island of Patmos, where the book of Revelation was revealed to St. John.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for students to experience history,? Wallace adds. “I encouraged each to fully absorb the meaning and significance of visiting several of the most significant places in history. To walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, Alexander the Great, Socrates, Justinian, Constantine, Mehmet II, Suleyman – it was astounding and humbling.?

The Barksdale-Rorrer Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to DCC students to enable and encourage overseas travel. Mary Morton Barksdale’s dedicated service to the College began in 1968, when she served as Coordinator of Library Services, a position she held until her retirement in 1975. The establishment of the endowment in 1991 allowed Barksdale to blend her love of travel with her love for the students of DCC. She named the scholarship in honor of DCC Professor Emeritus C. Kinney Rorrer, longtime history instructor who initiated the Study Abroad program at DCC.

For more information about DCC’s Study Abroad programs, contact Dr. Mark Wallace at 434.797.8471 or click here.


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