Zeta Rho learns about Blayne Shipman’s studies abroadRhea Gonzales January 16, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Zeta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their monthly meeting Jan. 9 in the home of Sherri Shipman. Barbara Finney served as co-hostess. Members enjoyed Cuban Caesar salad, cream of tomato soup, creamed potato soup, with sour cream, chives, grated cheese, and bacon bits as garnish along with assorted crackers, tea, and wine. Red velvet cookies, Italian crème cake, and cheesecake with strawberry sauce were served for dessert.
Blayne Shipman, a 2015 graduate of Muleshoe High School, is now a student at the University of Texas. Blayne used his impressive knowledge and understanding of the geography and history of Europe and Eastern Europe as he regaled members with his experiences while studying abroad this past semester, a requirement to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in international relations and global studies, which also allowed him to gather information to complete his thesis on the subject of nuclear nonproliferation policies. He and seventeen other students were based in Paris from July to December this past year in conjunction with the International Studies Program at the University of Texas, but Blayne was also able to take short excursions to other countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican, Denmark, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. He said his favorite side trips were the visits to these last three Eastern European countries.
Blayne shared stories highlighting the differences of life in France and the other countries he visited, political implications and realities he encountered there, traditional food and drink of those countries, his beginning mastery of the languages of French and the other languages he became familiar with, and the fun and surprises he encountered shopping in flea markets in some of the countries.
He showed us some of the treasures and fun finds he brought home with him. Mostly he came home with a wealth of experiences and insight that broadened his viewpoint and understanding of the world beyond his life as an American and Texan. His future plans include an internship at Idaho Falls this summer working and studying at a nuclear power plant for ten weeks and will receive his degree in May of 2019 from the University of Texas. He would like to spend some time in the business world before pursuing his master’s degree, most likely at the university as well.
After Blayne completed his program, President Donna Glover called the business meeting to order. Members recited the opening ritual, which was followed by the roll call and reading of the minutes by Secretary Vicki Black, the treasure’s report by Pat Young, discussion of upcoming programs, new and old business, and a reminder by Melba King about recruiting new members.
The meeting was adjourned and the closing ritual was recited, followed by the Mizpah.