Alternative spring break – Tucumcari, New Mexico

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Each of the past two years, Rock Valley College students and staff have traveled to Tucumcari, New Mexico for an “alternative” spring break.  Giving their week off for spring break to help out on a service project, instead of heading to the beach, is the concept behind alternative spring break.  Last year, the RVC delegation spent several days assisting on a project led by Mesalands Community College to work on a petroglyph site at Conchas Lake State Park.  A petroglyph is created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, carving or abrading the rock to create the art.

Tucumcari, NM is located on “old” Route 66, west of Amarillo, Texas.  The community there has been working to create a destination for tourists traveling on interstate 40.


Join Rock Valley College students, faculty, staff, and Mesalands Community College in the exploration of southwestern culture and participate in this RVC’s Alternative Spring Break trip this year! The journey begins in Tucumcari, New Mexico from March 6-14, 2015, and the project this year is to development of a Route 66 Museum for the local community.

There are two ways you can participate in the trip:
1. Sign up for a three credit course noted on the application for Spring Semester 2015
2. Participate for community service and start to build up your co-curricular transcript

Applications are available in the Student Leadership Office (Student Center, 1124) and are due by Thursday, December 4, 2014. For questions, please contact Dan Bawinkel at



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