Gettysburg’s Crossroads to the World
While it would be impossible (and a disservice) to attempt to corral the College’s many expressions of internationalization into one facility, a central location promises tremendous energy and excitement. Reinventing Plank Gymnasium as a dynamic hub for global programming demonstrates our seriousness about preparing global citizens. As a Global Pavilion, Plank has the potential to put internationalization at the campus crossroads—literally and virtually where paths cross from the academic to the co-curricular life of the College.
Chris Zappe, Provost
Renovating this historic facility will bring together multiple offices, including our Center for Public Service, our Off-Campus Studies Office (to be called the Center for Global Education), an emerging Center for Language and Intercultural Communication, and a new Center for the Study of Global Issues, which would engage faculty and students from academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs across campus.
The Pavilion will provide much-needed space for programs and for hosting speakers and events on topics that promote understanding of global issues, languages, and cultures. Meeting spaces, programming venues, and technologically sophisticated classrooms will enable more collaboration among academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs and among academic and co-curricular areas. The Pavilion will provide a place for faculty and students to engage in international research and study groups. It will be the “hearth space,” engaging students, faculty, and staff in formal and informal conversations and experiences associated with a truly international learning community.
Gettysburg College prepares students to be leaders and active citizens in their professions, communities, the nation, and the world. That is our enduring mission in today’s global framework, where rapid change and profound interdependence are the norm. Those who will lead and succeed must be well-prepared intellectually, at ease with difference, and adaptable. Their preparation must include opportunities to live, study, and collaborate with people of widely different backgrounds and to gain international perspectives and experience.
For more information about the Global Pavilion, please contact Ashlyn W. Sowell, Campaign Director, at 717-337-6503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.