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Registration begins Nov. 30 for Alternative Spring Break

RELEASED: Oct. 31, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — For the third consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will send a team of students to Indianapolis, Ind., on an Alternative Spring Break trip that will explore the concepts of servant leadership and social justice — specifically around issues of poverty, homelessness and socioeconomic status.

Running March 18-23, the 2012 Alternative Spring Break trip is an opportunity for students to engage in hands-on service projects at partner sites including the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, Gleaners Food Bank, Providence Cristo Rey High School, Rebuilding the Wall and Wheeler Mission Ministries. Students will discuss social justice with organization leaders including those at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, an international nonprofit headquartered in Indianapolis.

The phrase "servant leadership" was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970, in an essay that launched the modern servant leadership movement. Greenleaf wrote that "the servant-leader is servant first ... with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people's highest priority needs are being served."

Eight information sessions will be presented in Davies Center to provide potential participants with more details about the experience, allow them to ask questions and give them a chance to hear from past participants. The one-hour sessions will be held Nov. 14 at noon and 4 p.m. in the Potawatomi Room; Nov. 17 at noon and 4 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room; Dec. 6 at noon, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Potawatomi Room; and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room. Specific questions may be addressed to Katy Rand, coordinator of student leadership, at 715-836-4803 or randka@uwec.edu.

Registration begins Nov. 30 in the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office in Davies Center 133. The cost is $375, which includes lodging, transportation, meals, all group activities and required readings. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is due at the time of registration, with the remaining balance due Feb. 10. The trip is limited to the first 20 students.

Alternative Spring Break is sponsored by Activities, Involvement and Leadership, a unit of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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