New Year Thanks

With the New Year having just arrived and preparation for the next excavation season underway, now is a good time to reflect on the past season and offer public thanks again to everyone who has made this program possible. 2014 has been a big year of growth for high school student archaeology. First and foremost, thank you to Dr. Tuck who gave me the idea of bringing a group of high school students to Italy. I also need to thank Mr. Carruthers and the rest of the Regis Jesuit High School Admissions who gave me permission to take students with me. A huge amount of thanks goes to Mr. Lechuga who was co-chaperone on the trip, without his presence this trip would not have been as successful as it was (and parking would have been 100 times worse). I also need to thank Ms. Friedman, Ms. Glennie, and Ms. Etter who all provided different components to the classroom part of the course.

A huge amount of thanks goes out to everyone who listened to my ideas and offered guidance to me, there are too many of you to thank hear (and I also worry that I would forget one of you). But know that I took every conversation to heart and used your advice to shape the program.

Thank you to the students who joined me on our first year in the field. You were an amazing group and were so flexible as we worked out the kinks (or just drive home from Florence).

It is an exciting year ahead of us. I will be presenting a poster about the program at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America down in New Orleans this week (stop by on Friday if you are in town). I will also be a member of a round table for at concurrent meeting, Building a Strong Future for Archaeological Outreach and Education, and share what I have learned with other teachers. There will also be a talk during the Classical Association of the Midwest and South Meeting in Boulder this March about the program.

Looking even further ahead, we will have another 4 students joining the project this summer and we have expanded it to include girls as well (now that we have figured out the housing logistics). We have also extend the program to allow for more days in the field.

Thank you again to everyone who has helped in whatever small way you could. I truly am so thankful for having such a wonderful community to help me. If you are curious about how the program went last summer and haven’t read through the blog posts you can check out the following articles. This one, HERE, was written by two Regis Jesuit Students and this one, HERE¬†on page 11, was published by Regis Jesuit Communications office.

2015 is going to be another great year for the program. Stay tuned to the blog for updates.