Loras Hosted “Rivers as Bridges” Dinner for Chinese Students
The “Rivers as Bridges” course, sponsored by the Environment and Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholars, along with the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources, brought more than 30 students from the top third of China’s elite, “key” high schools to Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin in July. The purpose of the program was to begin a 10-year relationship between the people of the Mississippi and Yangtze basins using culture, conservation and commerce as diplomatic tools that support a renewal of the Shanghai Communique in 2022.
Loras College hosted the Rivers as Bridges Family Friendship dinner on July 25. The Chinese high school students and their chaperones enjoyed a tour of the college followed by a dinner in the Loras College Café. Loras College international students shared their experiences attending Loras, living in Dubuque and acclimating to life in the United States. Loras graduate, Matt Moroney (’91), Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was also in attendance at the dinner.
The educational program called Rivers as Bridges helps students learn scientific procedures in field research, wet labs, and hands-on experiments in natural resources sciences with study about air, water, biology, soil, fisheries, wildlife and wetlands.
While in the Midwest, the students toured colleges and universities, camped, fished, swam and did service projects in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. They met US students, attended the Loras College family friendship dinner and shared culture with Ho Chunk youth. The students will make posters on science and friendship and earn a recommended credit from Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, Wis.