Marfa students attend conference, tour Texas Tech campus

MARFA, LUBBOCK - On April 18-20, Marfa ISD staff and students traveled to Texas Tech University in Lubbock to attend the Sowell Collection Conference. During this conference, the students were able to witness prose and poetry that connected literature, nature, and art in a way that broadened their thinking about each subject. Further, students were hosted by Dr. Michael San Francisco, Dean of the Honors College. Dr. San Francisco and his colleagues showed the attending students exciting aspects of college life. Students took a campus tour of the medical, experimental sciences, early childhood, and engineering buildings. Sophomore Jared Fuentez said of the trip, “This has shown me a lot of what Texas Tech has to offer and what I need to do to get here.” Freshman Andrea Torres added, “I have always been excited about medicine. Seeing how it comes to life in the biology labs really brings it together.” The trip concluded with the students attending a Friday chat session where Honors college students of all disciplines collaborated with a presenter to delve deep in their thoughts regarding certain subjects. The topic of the day was Civil War era Andersonville, Georgia. Sophomore Bryan Torres said of the talks, “It was interesting to hear each person’s perspective and how reading one thing brings up so many thoughts in others.” The Sowell Collection trip is a part of a collaborative between Texas Tech University and Marfa ISD that was orchestrated by Mr. Tim Crowley. Marfa ISD will host Texas Tech faculty and students in the fall semester to further build on this initiative.