Students visit Tijuana
October 31, 1997
by Jennifer Parsons
Arts and Entertainment Editor
As an outreach in service, the Behavioral Science Club went to La Gloria,
an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Four students, seniors Tyesha Hollimod, Stephanie Osborne, Irene Chisholm
and CAPA student Ali Wooldbridge, and both advisers, Dr. Ann Wichman, professor
of sociology, and Dr. Mary Prieto-Bayard, associate professor of behavioral
science, went on the trip.
Prior to the trip, the club held a clothing and food drive to which
staff members and students donated.
"One student's mother works at an elementary school and she donated
bats and balls to the orphanage. The kids were so excited," said Chisholm.
At the orphanage, the Behavioral Science Club had a barbecue lunch,
did arts and crafts and interacted with the children.
"It was really fun. We threw them an American style barbecue and
a Halloween party. We painted their faces, carved pumpkins and gave out
bags of candy," said Osborne. "These kids live in an orphanage
of about 60 children. They get a lot of love amongst themselves. It was
great to go. At one point, Ali and I went in and just rocked babies."
"The club's main purpose is to do a lot of community service. It
promotes academic and professional development," said Chisholm, president
of the Behavioral Science Club.
There are approximately 12 undergraduate members consisting of sociology,
criminology and other behavioral science majors. A mixture of both CAPA
students and traditional students are a part of the club.
Plans for the spring include making another trip to La Gloria to interact
with the children again.
"It is hard to limit the accomplishments [of the trip]. There was
wonderful interaction with the children. We wound up with a lot of respect
for the orphanage and how it is ran. The children had a lot of warmth,"
said Dr. Wichman.