Fox News: Oddball college course making maple syrup
From Alfred University website
Alfred University was founded in 1836 by liberal, independent thinkers who placed high value on education for all citizens. Today, the University has retained and built upon the strong values of its founders, developing as an institution of national and international renown that is responsive to the needs of contemporary society while remaining consistent with the spirit of its origins.
Alfred University is the second oldest co-educational college in the United States and one of the earliest nineteenth century colleges to have enrolled African American and Native American students.
“Wanted: Someone with a background in meteorology, chemistry, botany, forestry, art, and cookery who is also a nature lover with lots of patience. Must enjoy long hours of hard work in the snow, cold, and mud.” Even though this is an accurate description of a maple syrup producer, don’t let it scare you! The method of producing maple syrup is one of the things in our society that has endured even in today’s culture of constant change; fundamentally it’s the same process Native Americans used centuries ago. This class will explore the history of maple syrup production, discover the ins and outs of making syrup, create (and eat) some sweet confections, and take field trips to local producers, restaurants and festivals. No prior experience expected.
Fox News ranked this class No. 8 of 11 wacky college classes.
From Oddball 101: The 11 Wackiest College Courses of Fall 2009 – FOXNews.com. Posted using ShareThis