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 SRU students use spring break for community-service work 




Feb. 25, 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




SRU students use spring break for community-service work


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 100 Slippery Rock University students and their advisers will spend their weeklong spring break, which beings Monday, helping others in cities across the U.S. as part of The Rock's annual Care Break program.

            The program is sponsored by the University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership, a campus program designed to help students develop their leadership skills while helping others.

            "This is a great opportunity for students to learn leadership and simultaneously provide community service to those in need," said Jon Frantz, Care Break coordinator for the institute. "Students learn to recruit fellow students, organize the project and raise funds for their transportation. They also learn the benefits of group dynamics as they work to organize the specific projects they will work on at the various cities. They also develop friendships as they actually undertake the work."

            Since beginning in 1994 inception, nearly 1,000 students have participated in the program.

            This year, 12 volunteers will travel to East Saint Louis, Mo., to work with the East Saint Louis Americorps Program helping in inner-city schools. Fifteen students and faculty will travel to San Francisco to work with Presidio National Park staff helping restore wildlife habitat and removal of invasive species. Participants will also lend a hand replanting native species in the park.

            Thirteen participants will join the Las Vegas Care Break to help various homeless organizations, and 15 participants will visit New Orleans to work with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on disaster relief from Hurricane Katrina.        

            The 14-member Care Break group traveling to Seattle, Wash., will work with Emanuel Community Services organization in its efforts with a variety of poverty issues, and the 15-member group headed to San Antonio, Texas, will work with the City Year program helping in community centers as well as working with youngsters in after-school tutoring and mentoring programs.  

            A group of 15 from SRU will travel to the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico to help the Native American community.

            Alice Kaiser-Drobney, institute director, estimates more than $1 million in community service has been provided by Care Break volunteers over the years.


Care Break 2009



San Francisco

Geraldine Jenny                                        Faculty Adviser

Julie Brunner                                            South Park

Cayla Catino                                            Riegelsville

Jon Frantz                                                Blakeslee

Marks Paul                                              Ijamsville, Md

Tara McHenry                                         Pittsburgh

Laura Dicey                                             Pittsburgh 

Brian Turner                                            Pittsburgh 

Rosemary Price                                       Bethlehem 

Samantha Loxterman                                Perry, Ohio

Daniel Kavanaugh                                    Pittsburgh 

Christin Swan                                           North East 

Miller Crystal                                           Wampum 

Maria Tomasetti                                       New Castle 

Catherine Hammond                                 Clintonville 


New Orleans

Karen Perry                                             Staff adviser

Nick Bennett                                            Pittsburgh 

Sarah Hannah                                          Philadelphia 

Austin Johnson                                         Stratford, Conn.

Michelle Poweski                                     Fredonia, N.Y.

Rachel Caskey                                         Elizabethtown 

Kiley Pogas                                             Sarver 

Elizabeth Zinni                                          Fredonia, N.Y.

Maximilian Glinsky                                   Slippery Rock 

Margaret Depree                                     Jamestown 

Matthew Costa                                        Aurora, Ohio

Ryan Mitchell                                           New Wilmington 

Noah Poinar                                             Tallmadge, Ohio

Stephaine Walton                                     Kittanning 

Jamie Destefano                                      Pittsburgh 


Las Vegas

Austin Hawk                                            Slippery Rock 

Jeffery Kaitlin                                          Bloomsburg 

Sarah Steele                                             Cranberry Township 

Rebecca Barna                                        Pittsburgh 

Michael Brown                                        Delmont 

Amanda Bruening                                    Painesville, Ohio

Alexis Chiani                                            Naples, Fla.

Nicole Devlin                                           Rockville, Md.

Amanda Gordish                                      Trafford 

Matthew Laubham                                   Greensburg 

Ronald Mader                                          South Park 

Philip Pisone                                            Export 

Jamie Scialdone                                        New Castle 

San Antonio

Jamie Russell                                           Staff adviser

Anthony DiEmidio                                    Trafford 

Tracy Patrice                                           Pittsburgh 

Caitlin Bartley                                          Brookville 

Alicia Molter                                            Plain City, Ohio

Brazitte Poole                                          Pittsburgh 

Maria Gargano                                         Hermitage 

Kerrianne Mackowski                              Natrona Heights 

Amy Guiliani                                            Monroeville 

Kelly O'Leary                                          South Park 

Kaitlin Knaszak                                        Orchard Park, N.Y.

Kelly Miesko                                            Johnstown 

Kristin Deardorff                                      Taneytown, Md. 

Tara Stackhouse                                      Thurmont, Md.

Kristina Coco                                           Wexford 


East Saint Louis

Valerie Freeman                                      Adviser - McKeesport 

Leonard Ollison                                        Aldan 

Elizabeth Morobitto                                   Pittsburgh 

Eric Cannon                                             Pittsburgh 

Brandon Holmes                                      West Farmington, Ohio

Samantha Unger                                      Pittsburgh 

Emily Bauer                                             Homer City 

Brittany Foster                                         Apollo 

Sarah Browne                                          Cranberry Township 

Jakquiline Conchilla                                  Pittsburgh 

Megan Burlbaugh                                     Saxonburg 

Katie Maurer                                           Cassandra 


New Mexico

Shane Gavin                                             Johnstown 

Amber Rine                                             Erie 

Heather Strong                                         Grove City 

Ashley Rineer                                          Hershey

Jodi Womer                                             West Middlesex 

Courtney Stein                                         Pittsburgh 

Catherine Sullivan                                     Pittsburgh 

Cathy Powell                                           Hermitage 

Samantha Rouse                                      McAdoo 

Nikita Burke                                            Sarver 

Victoria Gressang                                     Mars 

Alexandra Spetz                                       Erie 

Victoria Thwing                                       Ebensburg 

Megan Leskovic                                       Pittsburgh 

James Schreck                                         East Stroudsburg 



Eric Tuten                                                Faculty adviser

Lauren Lawson                                        Pittsburgh 

Megan Hubbard                                       Johnstown 

Jennifer Denardo                                      Ford City 

Marlene Magill                                         Monroeville 

Eric Charlton                                            Stoneboro 

Patrick Cleveland                                     Washington 

Cassandra Hoak                                       Sarver 

Kristi Wesolowski                                    Freedom 

Laura Ager                                              Indiana 

Andrea Miller                                           Mechanicsburg 

Chelsey Carnahan                                    Moon Township 

Sarah Jelinek                                          Pittsburgh 

Ashley Ross                                            Philadelphia 


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.





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