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Alex Beatty as shave ice boy. (Credit: Mrs Beatty)

Alex Beatty as shave ice boy. (Credit: Mrs Beatty)

For two summers straight I sold shave ice to sunscreen-slathered Northerners who arrived in droves to the beaches of Florida with the seagulls that circled like vultures overhead. It was good business for me and the seagulls. When the sky was clear and the temperature broke one hundred degrees, the tourists sweating white bullets would line up for forty feet, their children in erratic orbit like the swarms of mosquitos that hung in the air around the dumpster across the walkway. Occasionally the odd adult would sidle up to my counter and order a ball of sugared ice with dignity and discretion.

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Barbara and Richard Shriver

Barbara and Richard Shriver

On May 6, ECLA thanked Dick and Barb Shriver for their years of commitment to the college in an intricate surprise celebration involving the entire ECLA community.

The Shrivers moved to Berlin in 2002 when Dick took over as College Provost. He led ECLA for three years, which saw the development of the Academy Year and Project Year curricula; the introduction of ECLA Annual Conference and the Business Seminars into the academic year; the inception of ECLA’s Alumni Programme; and enormous improvements in the campus and in the residential life of the college. Together Dick and Barb started ECLA’s bluegrass group, 3 Chords and the Truth. Barb’s energy and enthusiasm during bluegrass jam sessions, choir rehearsals, and impromptu dinners at the Shriver house have made her very popular with the students ever since she arrived on campus. Barb is also ECLA’s first archivist.

The festivities began early Saturday morning when the entire ECLA community and some special guests gathered at the end of Kuckhoffstraße for a historical tram ride through Berlin. A vintage tram picked the group up and stopped again two stations later where the Shrivers were expecting to board the regular M1 for brunch in Prenzlauer Berg. They were completely surprised by the “ECLA Tram” and delighted to find their two sons, both live in the U.S., among the passengers.

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ECLA Offers Business Seminars

ECLA Offers Business Seminars

As they did last year, Richard Shriver, Anthony Grina and Bruce MacDonald are team teaching the ECLA Business Seminars this Spring. Each instructor leads a different phase of the thirteen-day programme, which introduces students to the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to be successful in either the not-for-profit or for-profit world. In phase I, Shriver provides students with an overview of the programme and a basic foundation in business. Grina teaches finance and business planning in phase II and MacDonald instructs students in marketing communications in phase III.

In addition to the teaching team, several guests lecturers have provided insights into the real world of business, including Andreas Krebs, managing director of Wyeth Pharma GmBH, who spoke on, ‘Challenge, Charisma, Change – Leadership makes the Difference’.

Most participants select their individual or team project long before the first seminar. Over the course of the programme, this initial idea is developed into a hypothetical but realistic business plan as students implement their classroom learning. The final presentations of business plans take place on Friday, April 7, and reflect the programme’s main theme, ‘How to Make a Profit – or – How to Make a Difference’. Ludwig Kannicht (Germany) took the business seminars because he hopes to expand his existing website development business, ‘Luline’. Maria Ituarte (PY 2006, Mexico) is discovering how one would start an NGO to promote cultural exchanges between Mexico and Germany.

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