Since graduating from Geneva College in 1991, Ray VanSickle has kept busy. The high school Spanish teacher has a love of travel not often encountered. Since first traveling to Ecuador in 1984, he has set foot in over 50 countries.
“While at Geneva, I spent a summer in Mexico, studying with five other students under the direction of Dr. Mary Preuss. I had traveled before that, but she continued to instill a love of learning, missions, traveling and Spanish in me.” Since Geneva, Ray has gone on to earn advanced degrees in Latin American and Spanish literature. He presently teaches at Bethlehem Center High School in Washington County, Pa.
As an educator, Ray couples his love of travel with opportunities to expand the horizons of high school and college students. He has spent summers teaching English in Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Japan and South Africa. He also leads groups from his high school and area colleges and universities on tours of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Ray’s resourcefulness and his large number of contacts in foreign countries make it easy for him to arrange these trips independently.
Through Geneva’s Traveling Tornado Towel program, Ray’s extensive travels have given him ample opportunity to take the towel to new destinations. When asked what makes travel so appealing to him, Ray says he enjoys meeting new people and seeing new places. “I love to see the architecture wonders, as well as the natural landscapes.”
Ray’s passion for other cultures has its roots in his own high school days. Before coming to Geneva, he lived in Ecuador as a Rotary International exchange student and has often returned to visit his host family. “I stay with the same host families in the same houses. I love spending time with them and meeting all my new host nieces and nephews.”
Ray’s love of travel isn’t reserved for destinations abroad; with Beaver Falls and Geneva College being close by, he’s content to travel there as well. “I still treasure my time at Geneva so much. I remain close to many of my friends there and love when I have the chance to visit.”
A message from Wendy Allman ’91, Geneva Alumni Council President
The Geneva Alumni Council invites you to visit the Alumni Association table at Homecoming this Saturday, October 9. The table will be located in the registration tent in front of Old Main and alumni council members will welcome you to campus. Alumni will also receive a special gift while supplies last and learn about the many resources available to Geneva College alumni.
Show your support for the Geneva College Student Union (GCSU) by visiting their table in front of the Student Center. You can purchase a black “Geneva College Homecoming 2010” t-shirt for only $5. The GCSU is also encouraging a "Black-Out" for the football game - so make sure you wear your black Geneva apparel! We hope to see many of you there and pray that God will bless us with a wonderful day.
Ibukun Akinboyo is currently attending Jefferson Medical College. Click here to read Ibukun's profile. The Geneva College Alumni Council has a Student-Alumni Connection program to bring together students and alumni. After 600 alumni voted on four different choices, a new logo for the Alumni Association has been chosen.
Ibukun Akinboyo is currently attending Jefferson Medical College.
Click here to read Ibukun's profile.
The Geneva College Alumni Council has a Student-Alumni Connection program to bring together students and alumni.
After 600 alumni voted on four different choices, a new logo for the Alumni Association has been chosen.