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 65 SRU Students 'Focus On' Community Service Over Spring Break 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Sixty-five Slippery Rock University students will “Focus On” serving others over spring break in programs offered in five cities across America as part of the university’s Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership’s on-going “Care Break” program.

          The planned programs are:

          Focus on the homeless/homeless children in Atlanta;

          Focus on human service needs in Memphis;

          Focus on poverty, working in the East St. Louis [Ill.] School District to provide tutoring/mentoring;

          Focus on homeless children and at-risk youth and adults, and environmental projects in Phoenix; and

          Focus on human services, working with service agencies across the city of San Francisco.

          Each program will see 10 to 20 students participating in the Saturday [March] through March 15 spring break service-learning experience. “The generosity of many people make the ‘Care Breaks’ possible,” says Alice Kaiser-Drobney, institute director and assistant professor of government and public affairs. “These programs give students an alternative to traditional spring break activities and allows them to tackle real-life social issues while challenging others to consider active citizenship as a way of life. It is also a tremendous learning experience that provides a week of hand-on experiences.”

          The university began the spring break “Care Break” program in 1994 as a project to provide community service opportunities to students while enhancing their leadership skills. The programs are designed and implemented by students. Thus far, more than 700 students, faculty and staff have spent some 90,000 volunteer hours involved in projects ranging from disaster relief to completing environment projects on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona, building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, as well as work in tutoring youngsters in reading, math and vocabulary skills.

          As part of the learning experience, students make contact with SRU alumni, civic and religious organizations as well as businesses located near the Care Break site to provide food, lodging, transportation and other segments of the project. “By having a local contact the students are better able to complete a specific, planned project during their week’s stay,” adds Kaiser-Drobney.

           Those interested in joining the program or needing details should call 724-738-2273.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A complete list of participants is attached.




Student                        Hometown

Julie Harbison                        Tarentum

Ebony Bishop                        Erie

Kelly Herman                        Erie

Beth Graham                        Slippery Rock

Sarah Vogel                        Pittsburgh

Melana Pavich                        Johnstown

Sarah Cunningham                        Slippery Rock

Erin Snyder                        Slippery Rock

Katie Cammerata                        Johnstown

Anthony Eberts                        Harrisburg


Student                        Hometown

Mike DeEmilio                        West Grove

Daneille Gold                        Lower Burrell

Theresa Ditlow                        Boiling Springs

Jimmy Papst                        New Castle

Kristopher Moerschel                        Effort

Kristen Cannon                        Verona

Jen Mehall                        Erie

Diana Cannon                        Verona

David Jackson                        Pittsburgh

Jen McCutcheon                        Lower Burrell

Beth Pietro                        Beaver Falls

Mary Elder                        New Wilimington

Brook Patterson                        Pittsburgh

Patricia Hinkson                        New Wilmington

Carrie Close                        Franklin

April Perry                        Pulaski

Amanda Schuster                        New Castle

Bobbi Jean Brown                        New Castle

Renato Cardoso                        Slippery Rock


Student                        Hometown

Heidi Phillips                        Pulaski

Megan Phillips                        Pulaski

Bobbi Jo Wendel                        Johnsonburg

Shelley Genvenosky                        Avella

Amanda Lewis                        Knox

Sarah Arafa                        New Castle

J. Stacey Ely                        Easton

Nicole Saylor                        Sarver

Amanda Stanchak                        Pittsburgh

Student                        Hometown

Beth Bacha                        Bethel Park

Iryna Temchenko                        Slippery Rock

Jenny Salness                        Hershey

Jeremy Hall                        New Castle

Mayumi Oka                        Slippery Rock

Josh Sheller                        Carlisle

Jackquilyne Gallagher                        Canonsburg

Matt Boffo                        Ellwood City

Emilie Dao                        Slippery Rock

Rachel Donelson                        Murrysville

Emily Braley                        Sugargrove

Jeanette DeForest                        Amhurst, N.Y

Kelly Kraisinger                        Greensburg


Student                        Hometown

Jessica Oates                        South Park

Autumn Brown                        Kittanning

Lora Karlinsey                        Strongstown

Sabrina Steel                        Slippery Rock

Rebecca Vollmer                        Renfrew

Katie Erskine                        Tarentum

Brandy Wallace                        Harrisville

Madeline Sausedo                        Pittsburgh

Jemmell Clark                        New Castle

Angela Thompson                        Slippery Rock







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