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ESL (English as Second Language) students enjoyed a five-day, action-packed trip to Nashville, Tennessee during OVU's Spring Break


Vienna, W.Va.—Ahhh… spring break! OVU students and faculty enjoyed a week off, March 5—10, to “refresh” for the second half of the winter semester.

ESL (English as Second Language) students, far from home during spring break, traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where they combined sightseeing with a first-hand look at what they are learning in ESL classes. Sally Massey, Director of ESL, planned a five-day, action-packed trip for students from Colombia, India, and Benin. Students visited the Parthenon replica, which represents the influence of Greek architecture in the USA, and Country Music Hall of Fame, which reinforced their study of music genres in this country.

On Monday, the group worked 8 hours at the Nashville Disaster Relief Organization, filling 420 five-gallon buckets with essential cleaning items for devastated areas. Ms. Massey stated, “I enjoy working with my students to teach service to others, which is worldwide need.” Andrew Jackson’s home brought American History to life and was followed by a river boat ride in the luxurious Opryland Hotel. “The trip was a wonderful opportunity to tie what we are learning in the classroom to real life experiences and American culture,” reported Massey. The Crieve Hall Church of Christ graciously provided accommodations for the group while in Nashville.

Meanwhile, during spring break, sports teams traveled to warmer climates. Our men’s and women’s golf teams played in the Beach Bash at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with the men finishing in second place and the women in third. In Kissimmee, Florida, the Fighting Scots Baseball Team broke even at 3 wins and 3 losses while ladies’ softball enjoyed sunshine in Myrtle Beach, winning their final two games of the trip. Congratulations to women’s lacrosse, who also traveled to South Carolina where they won their first games in program history, bringing home a 2-2 record.

While most OVU sports teams were enjoying southern sunshine, men’s lacrosse traveled to Philadelphia and the East Coast where 10 inches of snow in New York cut their spring break trip short. The wrestling team accompanied OVU qualifier Dalton George to the NCAA National Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he finished 1-2 for his second straight year competing in Nationals. Track and field teams stayed closer home in Charleston, West Virginia, as Lily Parsons won both the 800 and the 1500-meter races at the Golden Eagle Invitational.

Other OVU students, like Heidi Asbury, went home for the break. “I just enjoyed going home and relaxing and doing some babysitting,” she said.

Now, all are refreshed and ready for the final weeks of classes!

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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.