Harlaxton News and Notes

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Campus News

A Final Farewell
The Spring 2016 semester has come to an end and students and visiting faculty have departed from the manor. We wish all of our students the best in their future endeavors!

Spring 2016 Faculty

Harlaxton Lions
Congratulations to the Harlaxton Lions on winning the Lincolnshire Cup!

The Harlaxton Lions after winning
the Lincolnshire Cup

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Every semester students and faculty raise money for a charity of their choosing. This semester students raised over £700 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization based in the United States.


British Studies Field Trip
Throughout the semester there are several British Studies field trips to cultural locations around England. This month students ventured to London to visit St Paul's Cathedral and the National Portrait Gallery. Faculty and staff led group tours around St Paul's Cathedral in the morning and in the afternoon the students explored the National Portrait Gallery at their own pace.

Valedictory Dinner
Congratulations to all of our students for successfully completing their semester abroad at Harlaxton. This semester we had many students who were awarded for their excellence during the Valedictory Ceremony. Mercia House Captains- Nick Baker and Kindra Hurlbert; Sports Award- Andres Cooper; Photography Award- Willian Mallmann; Essay Award- Professor Kristina Arnold's Gallery Studies Class- Keaton Douglas, Tati Folson, Brianna Jackson, Sarah Linder, Madeline Mettler, and Rebecca Webb; Dean's Award- Spencer Brown; Principal's Award- Emily Corrigan, John Hannon, Stephanie Marcotte, and Kerilynn Pitocco.

Kerilynn Pitocco receiving the Principal's Award

Jaguar Trip
Dr. Derek Crews' courses, Principles of Management, Contemporary European Business Issues, and International Business Strategy, visited the Jaguar Visitor Centre where they had a tour of Castle Bromwich, their state-of-the-art factory. They were able to witness the entire production process of a Jaguar, from sheet metal to a fully-functioning car.


Students and faculty went on one of the newest college-organized trips to Northumberland, the northernmost county of England. The students explored multiple castles including Alnwick Castle, which has been a filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. They also explored the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and made a final stop at the sea-side town of Whitby, which is known for delicious fish and chips and for being the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

Whitby Abbey

The last college-organized trip of the semester was to Italy. A total of eighty students visited three classic Italian cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. Students were able to soak in the Italian culture while enjoying endless gelato and pizza. It is an eight day long trip that leads students back to Heathrow Airport in London to gather their belongings and head back to the U.S.

Local Excursions
Throughout the month of April students had several opportunities to experience British culture through college-organized excursions. Students had the option to visit the Belton House, a local country estate with formal Italian and Dutch gardens, attend a Nottinghamshire cricket game vs. Surrey, and explore the Londonthorpe Wood trail.
Belton House Gardens

The Manor

History of Harlaxton Exhibition
Students in Professor Arnold's Gallery Studies class created an exhibition that gives insight into Harlaxton Manor's history. Each exhibit looks at a certain period of time in history; the topics ranged from the 'old' Harlaxton Manor that was built in 1340, Gregory Gregory's rebuilding of the manor, Mrs. Violet Van der Elst who saved the manor from demolition in 1937, WWII's impact on the manor, the brothers of the Society of Jesus using the manor as a novice center, and lastly Harlaxton Manor as the overseas study centre of Stanford University (1965-71) and the University of Evansville (1971-present).

Gallery Studies Course

The exhibit displays how the Manor has changed in the last 150 years; for example, the Great Hall has been a marble gallery, a Chapel, and a lecture hall.

Secret Gardens: Harlaxton Manor's Walled Garden
Dr. Kristie Hochwender's Golden Age of Children's Literature class read Humphrey Carpenter's Secret Gardens for a class assignment. To go along with the assignment the students had a tour of the manor's Walled Garden. Harlaxton Manor's head gardener gave a tour of the garden explaining the history and development of it. The students were then able to meander through the rose gardens and the fruit orchards.

The Community

Friends with Four Paws
As a study break and a stress reliever Harlaxton staff brought in their cats and dogs for the students to play with. The students enjoyed ice cream while they gathered in the Conservatory to spend time with the dogs and in the Principal's Lodge to play with the cats. A member of the local farming community brought in sheep and lambs as a surprise for the students. It was an afternoon well spent with furry friends!

Dr. Amber Pouliot with a two-day old lamb

Student ambassadors coordinated and led a variety of volunteer events for the students to partake in throughout the semester. They bagged groceries at Morrison's, where they raised over £386 for Grantham Passage, volunteered at St. Mary's Church in Grantham, and collected donations for Cancer Research UK.




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