Nov. 24, 2004
Dr. Gail Ament,
associate professor of modern languages at Morningside College,
and several of her students will present a program entitled
"Morningside in Guatemala"
on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11:45 a.m.
in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
The public is invited
to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside's Academic
and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Ament and Morningside
students will present a PowerPoint presentation and discussion
about their three-week stay in Guatemala while taking the
course "Spanish 210: Off-Campus Spanish Language/Culture Study"
this past May. The students are: Alicia Dougherty,
a junior from Lincoln, Neb.; Abraham Esquivel, a junior
from Sioux City; Jonathan Lenhart, a junior from Bondurant,
Iowa; Amanda Leu, a junior from Spencer, Iowa; Adrienne
McElderry, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Mary
Turner, a senior from Pocahontas, Iowa.
Highlights of their
trip included an excursion to the ancient Mayan ruins on the
Passion River and at Tikal, located deep in the Petén
jungle of northern Guatemala. Tikal 's architectural structure
was the basis for the rebel camp in the original "Star Wars"
movie. The students also visited Lake Atitlán, called
"the most beautiful lake in the world" by writer Aldous Huxley
for its picturesque natural setting created by three volcanoes
surrounding the lake; Panajachel, a popular resort community
on Lake Atitlán; and the German-settled town of Coban,
a tourist attraction noted for its waterfalls and cave systems.
During their stay
in Guatemala, each student was placed with a host family and
received daily one-on-one instruction in Spanish from teachers
from the Centro Lingüístico Maya in Antigua.
Ament has been at
Morningside since 1998. She received her master's degree from
the University of Montana in 1972 and her doctorate degree
from the University of Washington in 1998.