CIE Fellows Connect Beyond the Classroom

CIE (Common Intellectual Experience) Fellows not only help first-year students connect classroom learning to life on campus, but they take CIE beyond the campus, recently to New York City.

The Fellows accompanied 24 first-year students to New York city recently and led discussions on the role of capitalism in American society, the symbolism of the Wall Street area, and the effects of social movements that have taken place around it. 

The group explored Wall Street and visited culturally significant sites such as the charging bull statue, the New York Stock Exchange, and Zuccotti Park where the “Occupy Wall Street” protests were held. They visited the Museum of American Finance to learn more about the history of the U.S. financial system and the Federal Reserve, and went to the new National September 11th Memorial. Some explored the September 11th Memorial and Museum further, while others set out for the High Line and art galleries in Chelsea, and still others took a food tour of Little Italy and Chinatown.  

“Each group had a great time learning how to navigate the city and exploring the varying pockets of New York life,” said CIE Fellow Riley Acton ’15 of Massachusetts. “Overall, it was a fantastic day full of new experiences and we all look forward to our next trip in the spring semester.”  

Sponsored by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, Fellows work with faculty and Residence Life staff to enhance the CIE experience through a variety of interactive events.  

“CIE is a great introduction to both Ursinus students and faculty,” said Acton, a mathematics and business and economics double major and statistics minor, and captain of the gymnastics team. “As a CIE fellow, I have gotten to know students and faculty who I would not have met otherwise and they have become a huge part of my Ursinus experience. I am so glad to have met people from outside my majors and activities as they have broadened my horizons and given me an additional support system here on campus.”