UND Students To Travel North Dakota During ‘alternative’ Spring Break Tour Starting Monday, March 12

Students enrolled in the University of North Dakota’s Service & Rural Communities course will leave Monday, March 12, on an alternative spring break trip.  The weeklong “Stone Soup Bus Tour,” sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement, takes students to rural North Dakota communities to perform various jobs and projects in a service learning setting.

The Stone Soup Tour is named after a program at the Center for Community Engagement, which uses the legend of travelers starting a soup from a stone and convincing villagers to contribute what they could to help feed the village.

This will be the second annual tour and will take a group of UND students on a road trip of more than 1,000 miles to Cando, Watford City, Regent, the Stand Rock Reservation and Bismarck, with a final stop in Buffalo.  Students will learn about the assets of rural North Dakota, including rural entrepreneurship, the booming oil industry, cultural heritage and agricultural commodity trading.  The students will also be assisting with projects in each of these communities.

The course is being taught by Dr. Lana Rakow, director of the Center for Community Engagement and professor of communication.

Useful Links:
Video clips from the tour across North Dakota and student blog posts about their experiences can be followed on the tour’s website, www.undstonesouptour.wordpress.com.

The class will also be on the social networking site, Facebook, www.facebook.com/undstonesoupbustour.

Lana Rakow, director of the UND Center for Community Engagement at 701.777.2287, or at lana.rakow@email.und.edu