While the class fulfilled fine arts credits that Cook needed, he said the format, professors and design of the class provoked student creativity and innovation. It also exposed him to the culture of eastern North Carolina, which is different from the metropolitan area where he grew up.
Rising senior Stephanie Griffin, a speech and hearing sciences major from Monroe, would scuba dive for the first time after enrolling in “Ocean Exploration: Shipwrecks, Conservation and Technology,” focused on the relationship between humans and the ocean, the Great Lakes and inland waters.
Highlights included seeing artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, on ECU’s west research campus, which helped reinforce the class material. “It’s great to see the conservation methods they’re doing,” she said.
The students did scuba diving in the diving well of Minges Natatorium on campus under the guidance of ECU instructor Clint Etheridge.