Scotland Reunion

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

July 18, 1996

Scotland Program Celebrates 10 Years

By Valerie Zahorski Hause
UW-River Falls News Bureau

Some 500 people will gather at UW-Stout in Menomonie on Saturday, July 20, to mark a decade of University of Wisconsin students living and learning in Scotland.

Wisconsin In Scotland is an international studies program offered through a team effort by UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-LaCrosse and UW-Eau Claire. Mike Wright, director of international studies at UW-River Falls, says, "It offers a remarkable opportunity for students who may not normally go abroad, to live and learn in a foreign country, in an atmosphere that is supportive and low-risk."

The celebration, which begins at 2 p.m. and runs until midnight in the Stout Memorial Student Center, will feature traditional Scottish food and music. The dinner will include shepard's pie, fruit trifle, and haggis. Participants will dance to bagpipe music later that evening.

A special guest also will be present. Willie Grainger, caretaker at Dalkeith House, which serves as the Wisconsin In Scotland site since the program's inception, is making the trip over the ocean for the celebration. Jan Quinn, program director at UW-RF, says, "He (Grainger) is a very important component, the students all love him." Quinn will also be hosting a get-together at her home in Ellsworth for Grainger on Sunday from 2-6 p.m.

An original tartan will be presented at the celebration. The tartan was weaved by UW-RF art Professor Morgan Clifford and represents the four participating school's colors. It will be registered in Edinborough and will be the official plaid of the "clan."

The Scotland program began in the fall of 1986. About 75 students from the four universities live and attend classes in Dalkeith House, a castle six miles east of Edinborough, each semester. Over 1,260 Wisconsin students have participated. The castle still contains much of its original marble and paintings, and remains much the same as when it was built in the 1300's.

A faculty member from each school and an adjunct British faculty member teach general education classes. The curriculum includes mainstream classes, courses relating specifically to British culture, and a mandatory cultural orientation course taught by a Scottish professor.

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