McClune has taught music and art classes at Union since 1980. His faculty research leave did not revolve around a writing project. He simply wanted to experience many of the churches and museums of Europe and incorporate his discoveries into classroom instruction. So he spent about three months living in a variety of Italian cities and another three weeks visiting Paris and even western Turkey. He visited about 500 churches, toured hundreds of museums, and brought home about 16,000 pictures. More importantly, he says the experience rejuvenated his enthusiasm for teaching.
McClune: "I'd plan to go to maybe one museum, and then on the way I'd find two or three small museums that I'd never heard of -- and I could visit them. I could go visit churches that were not on my big list of places to go. Having the time to really discover…was just amazing."