York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith and David Fyfe, assistant professor of geography, in Cambodia. (Submitted)
York College’s president – who has now been on the job a year, so I can’t call her “new” anymore – has a Facebook page, where you can typically see photos of her out and about on campus or attending sporting events.
But in recent weeks, the page offered a chance to see Pamela Gunter-Smith off campus – way off campus.
Gunter-Smith went to Cambodia and Vietnam with David Fyfe’s Cultures and Environments Field Series class.
York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith and her husband ride an elephant in Cambodia. (Submitted)
The geography class is offered every summer and Fyfe has taken students to Peru, Egypt, China, Turkey, Greece and other destinations, he said in an email. Faculty and staff are invited, too.
Students focus on the cultural or physical geographies of the region they are visiting, and Fyfe incorporates some readings on tourism. The students write research papers connected to their majors and some reflective essays when they return.
This summer, students visited “several places throughout Vietnam, from Saigon in the south where we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels, to Huay and Hoi An and DaNang in the central part of Vietnam where the demilitarized zone is located as well as the former US air base at China Beach and the UNESCO world heritage site of Hoi An,” Fyfe wrote. “We then went to the north of Vietnam to Hanoi and Halong Bay (another world heritage site) and then spent three days in Mai Chau, a rural village in the mountains west of Hanoi. We finished the trip by flying into Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat before flying home.”
York College students and staff rode camels during a stop in Dubai. (Submitted)
An airline change allowed them a day in Dubai, too.
“Spartans on elephants in Cambodia,” Gunter-Smith wrote when she posted photos from Cambodia. “What’s next? Spartans on camels in Dubai? Maybe.”
Check out Gunter-Smith’s Facebook page here.