Screen Shot 2018-03-06 at 1.55.29 PM

ICGL Cuts Funding, Restricts Trips to Driving Distance

(L-R) Sophomores Ellie Luetters and Rachel Wray plan to visit Memphis next year. Photo: Charlie Warren

According to multiple sources, the Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) will suffer drastic budget cuts next year. “Most of the funding we had this year will be diverted to other projects Pace will be working on next year like reclaiming the commons” said ICGL Director Trish Anderson. These cuts will severely restrict the program, effectively eliminating all trips except those within driving distance of Pace. Next year, students will have the opportunity to take charter bus trips to some of the most exciting locations across the Southeast. Such trips include visits to historic Brunswick, Georgia, vibrant Memphis, Tennessee and dynamic Mobile, Alabama.

Students will be able to enjoy the best of the Golden Isles on the trip to Brunswick. Tucked between the bustling international hubs of Jacksonville and Savannah, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in fishing activities along the coast, as well as participate in local marine biology research. Trip participants will also visit Brunswick’s historic district, learning about the history of the port city and enjoy fried catfish.

Students wanting to broaden their horizons will also have the chance to visit Memphis and engage in the rich history of the city. Students will get to visit multiple attractions, including the Beale Street district, Graceland – the famed home of Elvis Presley – and the National Civil Rights Museum. The main focus of the trip will be centered abound the Civil Rights Movement and the role that music, especially blues and rock and roll, has played, both within the city and nationally. “I am very excited about the options for trips next year” said freshmen Evan Karetsos. “I will definitely be going on the trip to Memphis so I can enjoy some delicious barbecue.”

A charter bus trip to Mobile will also be an option for students next spring break. Participants will be able to enjoy the abundant history of the seafaring city and gain a deeper knowledge of the role that the Mardi Gras holiday has played. This trip will be centered around the military importance of the port city, with a visit to the decommissioned World War II battleship, the USS Alabama, docked at the Battleship Memorial Park museum. Students will also tour the replica of historic Fort Concord.

These trips are only a taste of the several expeditions the ICGL will offer next year. Other trips in the fall and summer include Beaufort, South Carolina; Monroe, Louisiana and Tallahassee, Florida. “I was a little disappointed when we were forced to cut funding for ICGL” said Headmaster Fred Assaf. “But we were able to scramble together these trips together, and knowing how hard the ICGL team has been working, I’m sure next year’s trips will be a blast for those participating.” Students interested in next year’s trips should contact ICGL Director Trish Anderson or ICGL Associate Director Zeena Lattouf as soon as possible, as spots are expected to fill quickly.