Simpson University ROTC Students Selected for Cultural Immersion Program

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Two U.S. Army ROTC cadets enrolled at Simpson University have been selected to attend Cultural Immersion Program (CULP) trips as part of an Army program to expand the horizons and experiences of future officers in training.
Sarah MooresNathan PolkSophomores Sarah Moores and Nathan Polk will be traveling for one month during the summer through the fully funded program. This will be the students’ first trip out of the country.
Moores, from Sequim, Wash., is going to Tanzania with a group from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she will give foreign aid to, and interact with, local civilians.
Polk, from Orofino, Idaho, is going to China with ROTC cadets from across the nation to teach English and interact with the civilian population.
Maj. Kurt Walling, Simpson University’s assistant professor of military science, said, “It was exciting to find out that two of my cadets were chosen for this great opportunity, especially considering they were the only two chosen out of our Battalion of three schools.”
CULP was created in order to give future officers a chance to learn about the cultures, languages, and people of foreign countries. Hundreds of cadets from ROTC and West Point travel around the world during the summer to interact with host nations in hopes of expanding cultural awareness and developing an appreciation for cultural differences.
Maj. Walling said the opportunity that Moores and Polk were offered carries no obligation other than to return with a unique experience to draw on as future officers.
“Similar to missions trips that other students at Simpson University attend, the CULP program expands the opportunities for students to travel the world as ambassadors for both the nation and Simpson University,” he said. “This is a true testament to the performance and potential of Cadets Polk and Moores.”

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