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MUDEC Méinden Spring 2021 #7
MUDEC Méinden Spring 2021 #7
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Spring 2021 #7

March 8, 2021

  • Luxembourg City Field Trips: ART 188 and GIC 101 
  • Spotlight on Student-Faculty Council, Part 2
  • An Internship at Kelsey Hopper Services
  • Chess Masters Battle for MUDEC Title
  • Visiting Wiltz and Esch

Luxembourg City Field Trips: ART 188 and GIC 101

by Hannah Sroka, MUDEC student
Professor Bechet-Metz and students overlooking the Grund
Students have spent the past few weeks going on field trips with their sprint classes. These field trips are meant to provide students with opportunities to learn outside the classroom in unique ways.
Professor Claudine Bechet-Metz’s ART188 class kicked off their first of three field trips with a visit to the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art (MNHA) in Luxembourg City. The students had been studying different art styles and techniques and were now able to see them in artworks that are not in their textbook. They also visited the Haukohl Collection, which is a series of Florentine Baroque art. The collection is meant to show how Florentine artists from the 17th and 18th centuries influenced art around Europe.
The following week, students returned to Luxembourg City to see Luxembourg’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Unfortunately, the warm, sunny weather the students had enjoyed all week did not continue into Friday, so the class found themselves walking around in the cold and rain. But this did not stop them from exploring the UNESCO sites in places like the Grund! They spent the second half of the morning in the Luxembourg City Museum, where they looked at artwork from various periods in Luxembourg’s history.
This field trip is a relatively new addition to the ART188 curriculum. Professor Bechet-Metz said that she got the idea last semester when Luxembourg celebrated the 25th anniversary of the addition of its fortress and old city center to the UNESCO World Heritage list. She noticed that most MUDEC students hardly know Luxembourg City because they travel every weekend, and she hoped that the field trip would teach students about the advantages, disadvantages, and responsibilities of preserving heritage sites for future generations.
Meanwhile, Professor Juan Carlos Albarrán’s GIC101 class visited the Center for Human Migrations in Dudelange. Due to COVID restrictions, half the class went one week, and half the following week. The center is located in a train station to emphasize the importance of the immigrant population traveling to Luxembourg. Students were given a guided tour and learned about some of the cultural artifacts that connect Luxembourg to the rest of Europe. They also learned about the migration process to Luxembourg pre- and post-WWI and WWII.
Students exploring the CMDH Students listening to speaker at CMDH Students wearing masks in CMDH hold up a book and face camera
Students also toured “Little Italy” and learned about 20th-century immigrants from Northern Italy who worked in steel factories as well as modern-day Portuguese immigrants who work in construction. Professor Albarrán took students on this field trip to familiarize them with some historical information they were studying in class, like the experiences of Russians fleeing the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. They were also able to see the presence of Luxembourg’s immigrant community through artwork in Little Italy.
Students pose with red, white, and green sculpture Guide speaks to umbrella-carrying students outside a building Students pose near an artwork in Little Italy

Spotlight on Student-Faculty Council, Part 2

by Hannah Sroka, MUDEC student
The Student-Faculty Council (SFC) is a group of committed students (and faculty) who work to make our time at MUDEC more enjoyable. They plan events like a Château-wide game of word assassins, a chess tournament, and a Family Feud-style game night. They also work with faculty and other students to resolve issues relating to things like laundry and lunchtime. This week we meet two more members: Carolyn Moorman and Julia Edelman.
Carolyn Moorman poses in front of stonework on bridge
Carolyn Moorman (Environmental Chair) is a junior from Delaware, Ohio. She is a political science and international studies double major, with minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Islamic Studies. In Oxford, she’s involved in the Model Arab League, Alpha Phi Omega, College Republicans, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Her favorite place she’s visited so far is Colmar, France, and her dream destination is Venice, Italy.
Carolyn’s first international trip was when she visited Japan in 8th grade, and she thought it was very impressive. She’s excited to volunteer at the international school!
Julia Edelman
Julia Edelman (Treasurer) is a junior from West Orange, New Jersey. She is majoring in information system and business analytics with an analytics concentration, and she is minoring in supply chain management. Back in Oxford, she’s a member of the Miami University Ice Skating Club.
Her favorite place she’s been so far is Zurich, Switzerland, and her dream destination is Copenhagen, Denmark.
A fun fact about Julia is that she has three national championships—one for marching band in 2016, and two for synchronized skating in 2017 and 2019. She’s excited to try all of Chef Stephane’s food!

An Internship at Kelsey Hopper Services

Angel Schlotterback
by Megan Fogarty, MUDEC student
Sophomore management major Angel Schlotterback is interning virtually for Kelsey Hopper Services this semester as a marketing and business development intern. Schlotterback accepted the unique opportunity to intern for a Luxembourg company in lieu of taking another class.
Kelsey Hopper, a MUDEC alumni now living in Luxembourg City, owns a yoga practice and business and hosts MUDEC interns, allowing them to learn and gain experience. Schlotterback says she works on Hopper’s yoga side of her business, but there is a music side as well.
“This internship allows me to gain real life experience within an entrepreneurial business”, said Schlotterback, “which is something no class can teach.”
Schlotterback's duties revolve primarily around social media and content creation. She uses Canva to design posts for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, using social media to grow Hopper’s business.
Schlotterback eventually plans to pursue a career within her management major, but the internship with Kelsey Hopper provided the perfect chance to gain amazing work experience in Europe. “This is an opportunity to watch a business grow,” said Schlotterback. “It’s an opportunity to implement the things I’ve been learning about in my classes.”
Although Schlotterback works remotely on Zoom right now, she hopes to be able to meet Hopper in person for lunch to brainstorm once it is safe and possible to do so.
Check out @kelseyhopperyoga on Instagram for some of Angel’s posts!

Chess Masters Battle for MUDEC Title

A hand moves a chess piece
by Megan Smith, MUDEC student
Healthy competition and bonding outside of class? Check, and mate.
This past week the SFC (Student Faculty Council) hosted many fun events for students to take part in. One event in particular drew a lot of student interest: a chess tournament, which has been ongoing over the course of the week. 
Project Coordinator Angel Schlotterback (profiled above) got this idea from noticing the high number of chess matches in the cave. There have been sixteen participants in a bracket style competition.
This MUDEC event has not only kept the attention of the players who are no longer competing, but has attracted other spectators as well. The final match will take place this week, and the hype surrounding it has been monumental. Plans are in the works to livestream the final match, scheduled for Wednesday, March 10 at 7 pm Luxembourg time, with social media intern Dylan Kennefick taking the lead.
Although travel is limited by COVID-19 restrictions, a group of students recently visited the historic and charming towns of Wiltz and Esch-sur-Sûre in Luxembourg. Wiltz lies in the heart of the Ardennes region, surrounded by beautiful hills and World War history. We saw the Wiltz Castle and the National Strike Monument, dedicated to Luxembourgish resistants killed during WWII.

Esch-sur-Sûre is a storybook village tucked in a valley not far from Wiltz. It is said to be one of the most picturesque villages in the country. The group enjoyed a hike in the hills that encircle the town followed by a stroll through its charming streets. It was a great first experience in the north of the country!;
Masked students in a line along the river with buildings in background Building in Luxembourg Town in Luxembourg
Tower in luxembourg with lux flag River and town in Luxembourg Greenery alongside a building in Luxembourg
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Winter view of the Château de Differdange, where Miami's Luxembourg campus, the John E. Dolibois European Center, often abbreviated to MUDEC, is located

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