Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Students Travel To Study Mexican Culture

Tech student Alice
Jablonski visits with
girls from an orphanage
in Puebla, Mexico.

Most Tennessee Tech University students spent early January shivering in the most frigid wintery weather this region has experienced in years. But a group of 15 students from the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences spent the time basking in warm Mexican sunshine while learning about colonial architecture, archeology and Mexican culture. This was the third year for the college's Mexican Adventure program in which students spend part of their winter break learning about another culture. The destination was the historic city of Puebla, which is located between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz. Students visited several Mexican colonial cathedrals and archeological sites, including the ruins of Cholula as well as archeological digs in Teotihuacán and the Templo Mayor in Mexico City. Travis Ramsey, a senior from Clarkrange who is majoring in both agricultural engineering technology and agribusiness management, said a highlight of the trip for him was the visit made to an orphanage for girls. The students purchased toys and candy for the girls on Three Kings Day Jan. 6, the day Catholics believe the Three Wise Men delivered frankincense, myrrh and gold to the baby Jesus. Plans are under way now for the next installment of Mexican Adventure in January 2012. The current student cost is $400 plus whatever additional amount the student wishes to spend on souvenirs and food.