A new addition to Providence’s calendar this semester is the cultural challenge program set up by Mr. Kortenhoeven, the Dean of Student Life, in which he challenges students to engage cultural locally in Pasadena. The program is not without reward, because for the students who participate in the challenge, a prize awaits them in Kortenhoeven’s office at the beginning of the week. He says that it is one of the Student Life initiatives for this year to help students get to know the area better and to get involved with the community. Pasadena is rich with culture and history that the student body should take advantage of.
Kortenhoeven says, “We’ve done a number of things to encourage students to step out on their own more … an enhanced/updated community calendar is one and the cultural challenges are another.” While other things like the Avodah Program are highly beneficial, the faculty would love for the students to explore the community more on their own rather than always being led through these experiences.
Emily DeBoer enjoyed running at Eaton canyon, one of the cultural challenges in the past couple of weeks, with Danielle Yett and Galen Tuggy. While she had been to the canyon before, she was happy to find that their was no rain this time to restrict her from running. She thinks that the program highlights the events and places in the area that are available and interesting to go to visit. She received her prize from Kortenhoeven, but I will refrain but going into more detail, as you will have to get your own prize by doing the cultural challenge.
The most recent cultural challenges included Eaton Canyon State Park, the Norton Simon Museum, The Hat, and El Gallito Taco Truck. How do places of Pasadena get picked for a cultural challenge? Kortenhoeven chooses them based on student and faculty recommendation, Pasadena Weekly magazine, and said that he has taken one from the Beggar Blade itself. He makes every effort to find challenges that are free because of the limited funds that most students are faced with.
These cultural challenges are designed to be educational so that the students who participate in them learn, but it is also a way for the students to get out into the world.