Aug. 22, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Eight Slippery Rock University first-year students gearing up for the Aug. 29 semester opening are spending the last few week of their summer break helping others as part of a Center for Student Involvement and Leadership Care Break.
The students, who have yet to attend their first SRU class, are working with the Connellsville [Pa.] Area Community Ministries, helping local individuals who have some type of disability.
The students began their work Aug. 18 and will continue through Aug. 25.
Some of their project included building wheelchair ramps or handling yard work for the Connellsville residents.
The idea for an incoming student Care Break sprang from SRU’s “Leadership in Higher Education” class taught by Molly Mistretta, instructor in SRU’s counseling and development department, said Samuel Goodge, a student affairs in higher education graduate student from Cambridge Springs.
“The class was discussing the benefit of first-year students getting involved before their first class even began. We ran the idea past Brad Kovaleski, director of the CSIL, and the planning began,” he said.
Incoming SRU students had the opportunity to sign-up for the program as part of orientation programming.
Traditionally, SRU’s Care Break program offers more than a dozen programs during spring break or between semesters experiences in which volunteer students travel to such locations as New York City, New Mexico, Mississippi and Washington, D.C., to provide community service through a local nonprofit organization. The program also offers similar weekend Care Break initiatives throughout the school year.
Participating in the current program are: Alexandria Ward, a health science and public health major from Freedom; Brendan Batchelor, a marketing major from Bainbridge, Ohio; Emily Lankes, an undeclared major from Munhall; Jacquelyn Myers, a biology major from Kent, Ohio; Shirley Trimbur, an early childhood education major from Chicora; Samantha Pavone, a therapeutic recreation major from Parma, Ohio; Haylee Wittman, an art major from New Brighton; and Jess Coddington, an early childhood education major from West Homestead.
Stephen Crim, a graduate student in social work from Slippery Rock, is the project adviser.
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