Mississippi Delta Alternative Spring Break

2015 Mississippi Delta Alternative Break

Register for HI 3343 S01; Delta History & Service Spring Break

Imagine a class so powerful that it allowed you to understand the past, see the future, and realize your potential to make a difference in the world - today. Imagine knowing that you were transformed in some fundamental way before the class was even over.

Students pose in a group togetherDuring Spring Break, 30 MSU students will travel to the Mississippi Delta to live history, see the future, and make a difference in the lives of others. They will begin their week with Sunday worship experiences in traditionally white and black churches. In the days that follow, the students will further embrace the rich history and culture of the Mississippi Delta during Blues, Civil Rights, and Native-American history experiences.

Students and participants pose for a photoStudents will feel the contrasting power and peace of the Mighty Mississippi while paddling in 30-ft handmade canoes with Quapaw Canoe Company. Participants will explore the Delta’s complementing and conflicting facets of natural resource management, modern agribusiness, local fresh-food initiatives, and high-tech manufacturing. "Understand the past, see the future, make an impact."Most importantly, throughout the entire week, students will be making a positive difference in the lives of others by completing a range of service-learning projects with youth development programs, Mississippi River conservation groups, locally grown food initiatives, and health education organizations.

Students in canoesUpon returning to campus, students will continue to meet weekly to engage recognized local, regional, and national experts who will guide them in developing an even deeper understanding of a variety of topics affecting the Mississippi Delta, including: religion, public health, race relations, poverty, education, natural resource conservation, and public policy.

A gospel choir performsFinally, students will complete their semester-long intellectual voyage with a greater understanding of how a small swath of Mississippi can open a window to their soul and serve as a microcosm for every community in our Nation by highlighting achieved dreams, missed opportunities, and the power that each of us holds to make an authentic and significant difference in the world.



Class information: HI 3343 Sec. 1, Delta History Service Spring Break
Class Scheduled: Tuesday nights from 3:30-4:45pm
Instructor: Nicholas Timmerman, History
Maximum Enrollment: 27 students

Trip Cost: $225 (covers all trip expenses, including food, lodging, and transportation)

Click here to view photos from the 2012 trip

Click here to view photos from 2013 and 2014

For more information contact:

Students enjoy conversation in a lounge

Dr. Cade Smith
Director of Student Leadership & Community Engagement
662-325-0244, 662-418-0140
Alexis Hampton
Graduate Assistant for the Maroon Volunteer Center
Office of Student Leadership & Community Engagement

Vintage photo of Dockery Farms

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