February 26, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU students forego beaches for spring break service projects
Editor's Note: A list of participants and their hometowns is attached.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sixty-five Slippery Rock University students and their faculty or staff advisers will spend spring break lending a hand as volunteers in cities across the U.S., as part of the University's annual Care Break program.
SRU's spring break is March 8-14.
Care Breaks are organized and sponsored by SRU's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership. The insitute is designed to help students develop their leadership skills while helping others. The Care Break program has been an annual event at SRU since 1994.
This year's trips will include service projects in East St. Louis, Ill; the Mascalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, Calif.; and New Orleans, La.
The service-learning breaks are being organized by Care Break Coordinator Selina Aurandt, a graduate student in the master of secondary education program from Mercer.
As part of the program, participants raised their share of the costs for transportation and incidentals.
"We have a team of 10 going to East St. Louis where they will be offering volunteer time with the AmeriCorps program there working with underprivileged, inner-city youth," Aurandt said.
"A group of 14, including myself, will be going to New Mexico to help the Apache tribe restore its fish hatchery after it was devastated by wild fires and floods. We have a group of 14 headed to Texas where they will be partnering with the City Year Organization on a variety of Community Legacy Projects," she said.
Another group of 14 is headed to San Francisco to provide environmental service for the Presidio Park helping to restore its natural beauty, and a group of 13 is headed to New Orleans to partner with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana to help rebuild Lower 9th Ward homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
"These spring break programs show the caring and service orientation of SRU students," Aurandt said. "While we may be giving up a fun-in-the-sun spring break, they will still have fun, get to know their fellow students better and know that they have helped others," Aurandt said. "It is also a great resume builder and truly provides education, not only about the problems they will find in other cities. The trips will also help students build their skills in organizing and planning such trips. The confidence they build by actually participating in these important group projects is another factor."
SRU's Care Break program has provided more than $1 million in community service value since its inception, organizers said.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.
2010 Slippery Rock University Care Break participant list:
EAST ST. LOUIS:
Rebecca Louise Barna (Lead) Pittsburgh
Kathleen A Bird, Grove City
Katherine E Burkett, Jefferson Hills
Jakquiline Serena Conchilla, Pittsburgh
Juliette Olivia Deeds, Gibsonia
Austin Michael Hawk, Slippery Rock
Nichole Erica Kline, Butler
Sandra L Miralia, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Lauren Louise Tucker (Lead), Perryopolis
Karen Renee Yurkiw, Beaver Falls
Selina Michelle Aurandt (Trip Adviser) Mercer
Michelle E Barr, Xenia, OH
Emily Elizabeth Eppinger, Harmony, PA
Tara Lee Eppinger, Cranberry Twp, PA
Renee Leigh Euard (Lead), Jamestown, PA
John Grossman, Youngstown, Ohio
James Lee Hull, Washington
Jillian M MacRitchie, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Kayla Elaine Mennini, Erie,
Rosemary W Price (Lead), Bethlehem
Darlene Bernice Purvis, New Castle
Noah C Radtke, Valley City
Chelsea Kaye Richards, Gibsonia
Marah Lynn Vecenie, Pittsburgh
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Jennifer Lauren Blasiak (Lead) South Park
Karen E Citroen, the Netherlands
Erica Lee Carnright, Moon Township
Amy Nicole Dikum, Ellwood City
Jordan Elizabeth Guido, Lower Burrell
Sara L Hannah, Akron, Ohio
Jessica Caroline Kraus (Lead) New Castle
Ashley Marie Moore, New Castle
Anna Marie Salamon, Washington
Alexandra Adriaan Spetz, Erie
Lauren Nicole Stein, Pittsburgh
Christin L Swan, North East
Dr. Eric Engel Tuten (Trip Adviser) assistant professor of history
Xia Yi Zhang, Columbia, Md.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.
Genae Gallardy Gramling, Summerhill
Rebecca L Herron, Carrollton, Ohio
Dylan Patrick Moore (Lead), Warren
Elizabeth Dawn Morobitto (Lead), Pittsburgh
Nicholas R Pope, Watertown, N.Y.
Deanna Michele Rainey, Pittsburgh
Brian Keith Rice, Baltimore, Md.
Kasey Elizabeth Riddle, Jeannette
Jessica Nicole Rispoli, West Mifflin
Jamie Lynn Russell (Trip Adviser) assistant director, Living-Learning Community Development,
Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Life
Katherine Mary Sopczynski, South Park
Carly Ann Stevens, Newville
Jacob Michael Walbridge, Morrisville
Adrienne Amanda Zupan, Pittsburgh
NEW ORLEANS, LA.
Nikita Nicole Burke, Sarver
Nicole Lynne Cobb, Pittsburgh
Rachel A Caskey, Elizabeth
Maximilian Paul Glinsky, Slippery Rock
Eric James Kissel, Columbiana, Ohio
Meagan Ann Lenze, Duncansville
Coleen M McBee, Akron, Ohio
Eileen Ott, Severn, Md.
Timothy James Plumberg, Denver
Segan Shae Smith (Lead), Altoona
David A Swan. Northeast
Victoria Joy Thwing (Lead)
Charlotte Gyde Naas Markivich (Trip Adviser), Johnstown