Weekend at Rosario

Biology Club and Bioengineering Club host weekend trip to WWU marine laboratory

Natalie Hall, biology/pre-physical therapy major, visits the tide pools at Rosario Beach at the base of Sares Head on Sabbath afternoon.

More than 100 students and faculty spent the weekend at the Walla Walla University Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory near Anacortes, Wash., April 8–10 for Rosario Weekend. The annual weekend trip was hosted by the Biology Club and the Bioengineering Club.

Participants stayed in cabins by the beach. The trip started with a campfire on the beach Friday night followed by church Sabbath morning, tide-pooling, Sabbath lunch, then afternoon hikes and sightseeing. The group watched the sunset over the San Juan Islands atop Mount Erie during Sabbath evening worship and then played games and swam with the glowing dinoflagellates Saturday night. 

Katie Koliadko, president of the Biology Club and senior biology/pre-dentistry major, said, “My hope for the trip was for students to enjoy fellowship with friends, and explore and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.”

For church, Julianne Price, senior health science/pre-physical therapy major, talked about her mission trip to Chuuk, Micronesia, and Brant Berglin, assistant professor of biblical studies, gave the sermon.

“Seeing the phosphorescence of the marine dinoflagellates under a sky full of stars, a Sabbath afternoon hike to Sares Head, and time with good friends were my favorite things about the trip,” said Koliadko.

On Sunday morning, 30 people participated in a work bee to help with various projects at the Marine Laboratory.

Koliadko says, “I was very happy everyone could come and make it such a fun and memorable weekend!”

Posted April 18, 2016

Students and faculty pitch in during the work bee on Sunday.
Brant Berglin, assistant professor of biblical studies, gave the sermon on Sabbath.
Sunset over the San Juan Islands was spectacular.

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