by Web on February 13, 2018
Alex Wicker considers her participation in the International Perspectives Program one of her most rewarding experiences at Millsaps College.
As part of the program, she has researched the influence of weather patterns on rain patterns in her hometown of Baton Rouge, La. "I've never had the chance to learn about climate change in an academic setting until now," she said.
The International Perspective Program, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, offers a dynamic classroom setting where global issues such as climate change are studied. "I've made connections and learned so much from speakers and field trips that have been part of the program," Wicker said.
Wicker and the other students in the program will present their research during a Feb. 16-17 conference that will examine climate change from numerous perspectives including agriculture, health, the arts, teaching, research, and service.
The conference will open on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in Murrah Hall, room 200, with keynote speaker Dr. Clark Miller, associate director for faculty and professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.
Wicker said the International Perspectives Program fits with her plan to major in accounting with a concentration in international business and a minor in political science. "I plan on going to grad school for management science and engineering -- hopefully to Columbia," she said.
Classes at Millsaps are challenging, yet professors have a way of making students want to learn even more, Wicker said.
"I find myself excited about what I'll learn next," she said. "I love that I can walk into one of my professor's offices at any time just to chat."
Wicker praises several Millsaps professors for the assistance they have provided as her advisors.
"Dr. Patrick Taylor was my freshman year advisor, and he went above and beyond to make sure I was taking the right classes and felt like I fit in at Millsaps," she said. "He even met my family at a basketball game my freshman year and gave me contacts for my future grad school. To this day, I'll stop by his office to talk for a bit.
"Dr. Jesse Beeler helped me in my studies when it came to figure out how I could manage a major in accounting and a minor in political science. I've had several classes with Dr. Beeler, two abroad and one here at Millsaps. He's probably the most interesting professor I've ever had, and always reminds me how smart I am for choosing accounting for my major.
"Lastly, Dr. Nathan Shrader, the advisor for my political science minor, wants students to succeed not only in the political science department but also in the real world."
Wicker, a junior, is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and president of Panhellenic. She is also a leader of Foundations, which helps new students acclimate to Millsaps, and a Presidential Ambassador. She belongs to Pi Sigma Alpha and Beta Alpha Psi.