What: Twenty-six Tennessee Wesleyan College students, faculty, and guests traveled to the mountains of Costa Rica for a service experience during TWC's spring break. Thirteen nursing students from TWC's Knoxville campus and five students from TWC's Athens campus joined with five faculty members and three guest RNs to provide health check-ups in remote areas that included Santa Rita, Penjama, and the Maleku Indian village of Tonjibe. The TWC nursing team served 300 patients, ranging in age from 1-month to 92-years.
The TWC team was headquartered in Ciudad Quesada at the Centro Rural Methodisto Center with United Methodist missionaries Marion and Mary Woods. The camp is located high in the foothills surrounding the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Benefits: Under the supervision of Dr. Robert Cornette, Lisa Kirkland and Debora Coyle, the nursing students checked blood pressures, blood sugar rates, vision, and provided other routine health exams. Vitamins and toothbrushes were provided to all patients, along with glasses and other over-the-counter products, as needed.
Patients rotated through health stations and enjoyed making crafts and doing Bible school activities conducted by TWC students under the supervision of Dr. Chris Dover and Dr. Nancy Gregg. One morning was spent touring the public hospital in Ciudad Quesada, where team members learned about the social medicine system of Costa Rica and got a first-hand look at the country's medical practices.
What: More than 125 guests attended the fourth annual St. Patrick's Purse benefit held the evening of St. Patrick's Day in Stratton Hall. The party included a silent auction, catered dinner, music by a bagpiper, CSO Youth Orchestra brass quintet and string quartet.
Benefits: Chattanooga Music Club's college scholarships for young musicians and the club's maintenance of the Austin pipe organ in Memorial Auditorium.