In 35 years, Dan and Barb Garvey have contributed to Semester at Sea as faculty, staff, Lifelong Learners, members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and donors. Currently, Dan serves as a member of the Semester at Sea Board of Trustees. They will set sail for a seventh time in 2021, with Dan as Executive Dean.
"The research that I've done and that others have done absolutely supports the idea that this multicultural exposure is transformative in terms of college students' deep appreciation for and understanding of the complexities of the world," says Dan, a retired college president. "I can't think of another thing that is more important for me to do than introduce this generation to the world."
The Garveys' first voyage, in 1984, occurred when their daughter was four and son was just six weeks old.
"Our children's worldview is very different," says Barb, who has coordinated the Lifelong Learning Program on three voyages. "They saw different cultures from a very early age."
The value the entire family sees in Semester at Sea made it an easy decision for Dan and Barb to designate a portion of their estate to support the growth and sustainability of the organization.
"This gift is something that is supported by our children, who have children of their own," Dan says. "They understand that it's through their approval and commitment that Semester at Sea will benefit from whatever estate we have."
The Garveys encourage others to join them in giving as Semester at Sea seeks 55 planned gifts in honor of our 55th anniversary. Contact Susan Sigman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.492.4557 for details on making your future gift. With donor support, as long as there are oceans, there will be Semester at Sea.
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