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Tip Sheet for Spring Break 2006

RELEASED: March 16, 2006

Many UW-Eau Claire students will spend spring break (March 20-24) involved in service projects in the U.S. and beyond. The following are a few examples:

  • Eighteen students (mostly from the student organization The Edge) will go to New Orleans to help clean up from Hurricane Katrina. They'll work with the international relief organization Samaritan's Purse. They will clean out houses, removing appliances, furniture and other debris. They'll move damaged sheetrock and building materials to the street. Someone then sprays the houses with a mold killer in preparation for rebuilding this summer. Contact: Jay Holmen, professor of accounting and finance, (715) 836-2101 or holmenjs@uwec.edu; or student Benjamin Holmen, holmenbm@uwec.edu.
  • The Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will take 24 students to Florida to build houses. Senior Jason Fehlen will lead students at a site in Hobe Sound. Susan Krueger, a senior lecturer in biology, will lead a group in North Fort Myers. Fehlen has gone on four other Collegiate Challenge trips, most recently in January when he volunteered in Florida. Contact: Jason Fehlen, (715) 456-3064 or feehlenjm@uwec.edu.
  • Fourteen education majors will teach in a diverse school. Students in the "Social Foundations: Human Relations" class will volunteer as teaching assistants in elementary and high schools near downtown Houston. They'll complete a service activity during the trip. Contact: Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, (715) 836-3671 or rhoadeka@uwec.edu; Jill Pinkney Pastrana, associate professor of Foundation of Education, (715) 836-5437 or pastrajp@uwec.edu.
  • Sixteen students will spend break at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation near Hayward. The goal is to help make students more aware of different cultures in Wisconsin and to expose them to racial and economical injustices. The trip will include history lessons, cultural discussions and service projects. Activities will include working at Ojibwe Maple Sugar camp, working at an after school Boys and Girls Club, and visiting the Tribal K-12 school and the Tribal College. It is organized by the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Contact: Jessica Grahmann, jessicagrahmann@hotmail.com.
  • Students Nathan Borstad and Brian Lundgren will bring 15 students to the inner-city of Milwaukee. The goal is to help students learn about racism and social injustices in Wisconsin. Students will eat with impoverished people at a soup kitchen; help renovate a low-income family's house; tour the Black Holocaust Museum; and work at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, the largest men's and women's homeless shelter in the state. At the Rescue Mission, students will prepare/serve a meal and prepare curriculum for the summer school program the Mission runs for impoverished children. The trip is being organized by the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Contact: Brian Lundgren, (715) 831-3923 or lundgrbp@uwec.edu.
  • Eighteen students from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will travel to Sabinas, Mexico, a town of 40,000 people about 90 miles into Mexico from the border. Students will learn about Mexican culture and history, and serve two church congregations by doing construction projects and leading Vacation Bible School programs. Students will stay in the homes of church members. UW-Eau Claire students have been making this trip to Mexico every year for more than 10 years. Contact: Jay Anderson, UW-Eau Claire IVCF, Office: (715) 838-8901, Home: (715) 836-9358, Anderjay@aol.com.

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