Stetson Magazine

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Shan Karemani ’19 called his trip to Kosovo an “eye-opening experience.”

Passion Pursuit The Michael Raymond Beyond the Classroom Grant is giving Stetson juniors the opportunity to learn, discover and “catch fire.” BY JACK ROTH


ichael W. Raymond, Ph.D., professor of English at Stetson until his death in 2007, believed that higher education was an opportunity for students to discover their passions. His message to undergraduates at Stetson: “The university exists as a sanctuary and a crucible, a place to learn to love the process of learning, and to catch fire with an intellectual passion that will sustain you for the rest of your life.”


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To honor his vision of education and commitment to students, the Michael Raymond Beyond the Classroom Grant was established and designed to help Stetson juniors pursue dreams and passions through academic discovery. Juniors can apply for $1,000 to do anything they want during the summer — not directly connected to their classroom studies. Andy Dehnart, the grant’s administrator, explained that the money gives students an opportunity to perhaps think outside the box or, simply, follow up on an interest. “Some students just want time and space to create as artists,” said Dehnart, also a visiting assistant professor of journalism at Stetson. “All of that falls under this umbrella of giving students a chance to do something that interests them or that they are passionate about.