Johnson City's Monday evening Rotary Club recently hosted a presentation by some Roan Scholars, who spoke to the group about their summer experience in the Himalayas, studying local culture and running eye clinics, among various other exciting tasks.
Roan Scholars Victoria Howard (Class of 2015) and Brad Fisher ('16) shared their experiences as members of a small East Tennessee State University contingent that participated in a 'Himalayan Health Exchange' trip this past summer, and also talked about what it's like to be Roan Scholars at ETSU. Roan Director Scott Jeffress provided an overview of the Roan Program, highlighting the Program's vision, history, selection process, and a number of recent leader development activities.
Howard and Fisher, along with fellow Roan Scholar Michael Stallard ('15 – currently studying abroad in England), travelled with four others from ETSU (including Dr. Melissa Schrift of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology) to Himachal Province in northern India, where the group studied local geography, learned about Hinduism, Buddhism, and local culture, and served local villagers by helping operate health care clinics in numerous mountain villages.
Hearing about the students' experiences was a highlight of the meeting for the Rotarians, many of whom stayed afterward to talk with the Roan Scholars individually. "One of the best quality programs in recent memory," said one member, in talking about the evening.