March 8, 1996
30 Students in Mexico Cultural Tour
As part of a three-part course, 30 UW-River Falls students toured Mexico's cities and countryside for a cultural experience not likely to be forgotten.
The purpose of the three-week trip, from Dec. 28-Jan. 17, was to introduce the students to the cultural aspects of Mexico. It also gave the students a chance to enhance their language skills.
The trip included tours in and around Mexico City, visits to the Aztec ruins, the Pyramids, Chapultepec park, and several museums. As Mexico city is the most populated city in the world, the students and faculty experienced a variety of different civilizations.
"There was a diverse and wide variety of activities to do in and around Mexico city," said Professor Tony Jilek, tour leader and a faculty member in the department of animal and food science. Jilek, his wife, and Professor Jerry Nolte of the agriculture economics department led the tour.
The seminar also included tours of the countryside and farms, including the area in and around Guadalajara with its diverse charm, concluding with a visit to Puerta Vallarta.
In addition to spending three weeks in Mexico, students were required to attend six preparation sessions during the fall semester, and submit a 10-page paper that deals with facts and opinions accumulated during the class and issues of cultural diversity.
Here is a list of Wisconsin students who participated in the Mexico tour, their year, and their major by their hometown:
Black Creek: Julie Dorn, senior, art.
Bloomer: Rebecca Walker, junior, animal & food science.
Cassville: Thomas Ihm, senior, agriculture education.
Cushing: Kimberly Anderson, junior, animal & food science.
Hillsboro: Matthew Fanta, junior, business administration.
Hudson: Joe Wilberg, junior, conservation.
Mukwonago: Kevin Thornton, junior, business administration.
Osceola: Todd Neumann, junior, animal & food science.
Rhinelander: Amy Eternicka, junior, animal & food science.
River Falls: Peter Morrow, sophomore, animal & food science; Darcey Bettendorf, senior, history; Hayla Drake, senior, art and agricultural engineering.
Seymour: Vicki Ossmann, senior, elementary education.
Tigerton: Jodi Marie Dent, senior, elementary education.
Trego: Jessica Perkins, senior, business administration.
Here is a list of Minnesota students who participated in the Mexico tour, their year, and their major by their hometown:
Burnsville, Minn.: Kristina Dunning, senior, animal & food science.
Crystal, Minn.: Emily Koch, junior, journalism.
Hastings, Minn.: Robyn Beolter, senior, elementary education.
Lake Crystal, Minn.: Kristin Campbell, junior, biology.
Lakeville, Minn.: Julie Sauber, senior, broad area agriculture.
Little Canada, Minn.: Emily Kingsbury, junior, social work.
Maplewood, Minn.: Jennifer Burns, senior, elementary education.
Minneapolis, Minn.: Kristine Huber, senior, elementary education.
Red Wing, Minn.: Teresa Felber, junior, elementary education.
St. Francis, Minn.: Crystal Steinke, senior, elementary education.
Sauk Centre, Minn.: Naomi Gamradt, junior, biology.
Shoreview, Minn.: Michael Bay, senior, social work.
Stanchfield, Minn.: Shaun Fiedler, senior, agriculture business.
Vadnais Heights, Minn.: Hollie Habisch, junior, social work.
Zumbrota, Minn.: Paul Hadler, senior, animal & food science.