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Nov. 25, 2003

Dates and Prices Set for UW-RF's 2004 Experience Greece Tour

Experience the glory that was ancient Greece and a glorious modern Greece as well. Plan now to participate this summer in the Experience Greece Tour lead by Pat Hanson. Hanson, who teaches at UW-River Falls, previously served as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

The tour is scheduled for May 21 - June 5. The cost of $3,985 assumes participation of 20 people in double-occupancy rooms; a modest supplement will be charged for single rooms.

Nick Karolides, English professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, developed the Experience Greece Tour over a 15-year period before passing the torch this year to Pat Hanson. She teaches Intercultural Communication and other communication classes for the UWRF's Department of Speech, Communications and Theater Arts, and like Karolides, speaks Greek.

"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to return to the cradle of civilization," said Hanson. "And to introduce students, faculty, alumni and members of the community to the Greece I have come to know and love."

The tour takes in many antiquities, including the Acropolis, Delphi, and Olympia. In Olympia, participants have the opportunity to run (or walk) in their own mini-Olympics; Karolides has always conducted a race at this ancient site for interested participants. Hanson promises to continue the tradition, particularly this coming year when Greece will play host to the 2004 Olympic games in August.

The tour takes in many islands, too. Participants will sail to Crete, where they will visit the archeological site of Knossos. An added bonus on Crete is the optional hike down the awe-inspiring Samarian Gorge. On Santorini, the tour will take in the active dig of Akrotiri. The entire island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, is one large archeological site. Mykonos is better known for its windmills and excellent beaches. In addition to stops at these five scheduled islands, additional trips to Hydra or Aegina are optional.

Those wishing to take the Experience Greece Tour for credit at UW-RF can sign up for English 376 or Art 376. Space will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For brochures and applications, contact Hanson at 715/425-3971 or


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