Would you have guessed that life insurance was invented in Switzerland? Or that the Finns created chewing gum?
Rend Lake College students and staff will be learning more fun facts about these two countries as part of a teacher exchange program over the next two weeks.
Visiting the RLC campus through October 25 will be Paula Matilla of Finland and Nico Buetler of Switzerland. The pair are scheduled to give presentations on their home countries, with Matilla’s presentation set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, in Learning Resource Center Room 211 and Buetler set to give his presentation on Switzerland at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, in Academic Building Room 214.
Matilla, who works in information technology, is the guest of Applied Science/Architectural Professor Kevin Weston. Electrical engineer Buetler is the guest of Rick Marlow, also an Applied Science/Architectural Professor. Marlow visited Switzerland for two weeks in May as Buetler’s guest. According to Marlow, Buetler intends to stay in the states a bit longer to explore and contact family members here.
Dr. Sue Tomlin, anthropology and sociology professor at RLC, said the exchange is organized through the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs.
‘’This is a really good experience for faculty and students to interact with an international scholar,’’ Tomlin said. ‘’Because you stay in each other’s homes, you learn more than just academics. You get to learn each other’s cultures.’’
During their stay, Buetler and Matilla will speak to Learning in Retirement classes, take a tour of Big Muddy River Correctional Center (where RLC operates educational programs), sit in on RLC classes and attend a learning conference in Springfield.
For more information, contact Tomlin at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1809, Weston at Ext. 1816 or Marlow at Ext. 1768.