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Olivet College students to serve 10 nonprofit organizations in Port Austin area
Jan 26, 2012

Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., along with 85 students, will depart campus Saturday, Jan. 28 to spend the day in service to 10 different nonprofit organizations in the greater Port Austin area. The students, who are pledges from each of the college’s Greek societies, will be working with Friends Promoting Port Austin, an organization established to create family friendly events and support tourism in that area.

“As a college committed to Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, our students recognize that they have an obligation to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in our community,” said President Corey. “These students are in the midst of their Greek pledge period, an intense time of relationship building and induction into their respective societies, yet they’ve taken a day out of their schedules to go out and make a positive difference for others. I’m proud and pleased that they’d do so and that our Olivet College students are modeling what individual and social responsibility can and should be in the greater community.”

While the college hosts off-campus service trips monthly throughout the school year, the annual Greek service trip is the largest program of its kind and involves all of Olivet’s pledge classes. “For several years Olivet College students have been helping the community of Port Austin renovate a building that has become the new home of the Port Austin Historical Museum, which is scheduled to open later this year,” said Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries at Olivet. “Our students have earned a reputation for hard work, and a number of service organizations, churches and other nonprofits have come together to host this year’s event as part of the two week pledging process.”

The students plan to arrive to Port Austin by 10 a.m. and will be greeted by State Representative Kurt Damrow at the Port Austin Visitors Center (2 West Spring Street). After a group orientation the students will be divided into smaller groups and transported to their worksites. The service projects will conclude by 4 p.m. and students will be transported to the Port Austin U and I Community Center where they will be served a dinner provided by community members. The group will depart Port Austin at 6 p.m. and return to campus by 9:30 p.m.

For more information about this trip, or to learn more about other service learning opportunities at Olivet, contact Fales at (517) 231-6818.


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