During the summer of 2018, Alexa Fults spent three weeks with nine other Sewanee students and Dr. Jessica Mecellem traveling to Croatia to study International Law, Transitional Justice, and the Politics of Memory. This year, Alexa is packed and ready for her next opportunity to study abroad in 2019. She left May 22, on her way to Russia.
A Political Science ma-jor at the University of the South, Alexa will be joining eleven other Sewanee students. They will earn credits for two courses in Russian language and Russian culture. The students will be accompanied by two Sewanee faculty professors and will spend seven weeks in Russia. The main housing accommodations will be provided at a university in St. Petersburg, the second largest Russian city. The Sewanee group will be in St. Petersburg during the White Night season that usually lasts from June 11 to July 2.
Alexa is looking forward to attending the ballet, concerts, and the theater. Other cultural experiences will include excursions to renowned museums such as Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Hermitage as well as visits to numerous other historical sites. Additionally, the agenda includes unforgettable trips to Novgorod and the massive and probably most famous Russian city, Moscow.
A graduate of Grundy County High School and now entering her junior year at the University of the South, Alexa is the daughter of Randy and Sherri Fults of Hubbard’s Cove. She has had a busy and adventurous two years in Sewanee. As a freshman she was elected to the Honor Council and now serves in a leadership role as Chair. She made the Dean’s List during her freshman and sophomore years. She was inducted into the Order of the Gown on September 21, 2018, in recognition of her academic achievements as a freshman. Alexa represented Sewanee at the annual Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature session which was conducted by college students from across the state in November 2018, at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville.
Another highlight of Alexa’s summer in 2018 was “Mine 21.” The documentary followed Kelsey Arbuckle and Alexa as they found out more about the coal mining explosion that occurred on December 8, 1981. The documentary was directed by Stephen Garrett and produced by Professor Chris McDonough. The film premiered on October 24, 2018, and numerous other showings followed. From February 28 through March 3, Kelsey and Alexa had the opportunity to join Professor McDonough and represent the University of the South as public speakers at Yale University. Additional filming was done in Connecticut and will be used to extend the length of the “Mine 21” documentary.