Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 16, 1961 · Page 67
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 67

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 16, 1961
Page 67
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New environment lor learning on an inter/iaKorial level, this ocean liner is being converted into The University of the Seven Seas. Round the World College By Sylvia Jacobs » NEW DEPARTURE in education, originating ·** in the Southland but of international signifi- cnnce, lias as ils goal a better understanding of the world, its people and its problems, by college 'students of today who will have to deal with those problems tomorrow. The literal departure will be from an east coast port, possibly the nation's capital, and is scheduled for September 1962, when students from the United States and other countries will walk up the gangplank of an ocean liner on their way to school. The ship has been chartered by The University of the Seven Seas, a non-profit California corporation, from Zim Lines. Some 122 days later and 15 credits further along toward their degrees, the students of this unique university will disembark at either San Diego or Long Beach, whichever port has suitable berthing available, after having circumnavigated the globe. Remaining there during the Christmas holidays, the floating college will then start across the Pacific in the opposite direction for the second semester's voyage. DR. JOHN I.OUNSBURY, who will be remembered by thousands of alumni of Long Beach City Coflege and other Long Beach schools, has been appointed dean-director. He will head, to quote the sponsors, "the finest faculty ever brought together for one concentrated purpose, offering a challenge to advanced students to study in their chosen fields under the direction of international authorities." Dr. Lounsbury's positions in Long Beach included principal of Burnett School in 1922, principal of the former Edison Junior High School and first principal of Woodrow Wilson High School when it opened in 1926. He was instrumental in securing a campus from Montana Land Co. for Long Beach City College and became the school's first president. He helped to plan and build the institution. He left Long Beach in 1942 and retired as president of San Bernardino Valley College in 1958. The following year he served as a Fulbright lecturer in Ankara, Turkey. William T. Hughes, prominent Whittier businessman and president of the board of trustees, has recently returned from Japan, where he announced the project during the convention of Rotary International. Dr. E. Ray Nichols Jr., executive director, recently left for New York to make final arrangements for port facilities. Courses of study scheduled range from astronomy, architecture and article writing, to oceanography, orchestral conducting and oriental drama. Besides many courses for which the students will get credit from the universities they previously attended, there will be non-credit courses such as conversational Japanese, Chinese and Hindustani designed to help them understand the people of the numerous foreign ports, they will visit. Space forbids listing the complete curriculum and itinerary here, but anyone interested may write for it to Box 71, Whittier, Calif. Clubs and organizations who would like to have a speaker on the Dr. John Lounsbury, who will ba remembered by many alumni of City College, other Long Beach schools, will be dean- director of the now seagoing university. Prospective students KeiJn Prlester, California; DipiLa Rudra, India, and KaziAo Suzulti, Japan, ,,.-. discuss,itinerary with Dr.,E Ray NicJjobJr., executive-director.o{ the University of.Seven Seas. ' '" University of the Seven Seas may write to the same address. THE SHIPBOARD environment is expected to provide an ideal opportunity for study, free of shoreside distractions and with the faculty readily available for personal consultation. Students will keep fit with a varied program of physical exercise, and attend worship workshops conducted by chaplains of Protestant, Catholic and Jewish faiths. Only students in their junior or senior year or post-graduate students will be accepted. Enrollments have already been received from various states and several foreign countries. In the past, parents of college students had to go to additional expense in order to provide the additional educational advantages of extensive travel, and comparatively few could afford it. But a semester aboard the University of the Seven Seas will cost no more than room, board and luition at some dry-land universities. Considerable saving can be made because the ship is chartered during the months of minimum tourist travel only. A semester's tuition under an outstanding faculty, plus air-conditioned quarters, plus an exotic cuisine, plus the trip of a lifetime, will cost $2,500, including everything except the student's transportation between his home and the ports of embarca- tion and his personal expenses. All endowments to the University of the Seven Seas will go toward scholarships for promising U. S. or foreign students, as the donor may designate, rather than into a campus and ivy-covered buildings. Accommodating students without building new classrooms is a significant accomplishment in .these days of booming college population.. Educators predict that college enrollment will increase . . . . . (Continued on- Page 31) -i."Vt'~

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