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Olivet College students to participate in Alternative Spring Break programs
Mar 05, 2012

For the 13th consecutive year, 14 Olivet College students will spend their spring break serving others at Heifer International ranch in Perryville, Ark. Heifer International is a world hunger relief agency that believes in long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty and hunger. The organization teaches families how to raise farm animals and ultimately gives them a pair to keep, with the only stipulation being that they pass along the first born female animal to another needy member of their community.

Students will depart campus Saturday, March 10 and return Friday, March 16. They will spend half their days in service to the ranch, performing farm chores and light construction. The other half of each day will be spent in team building exercises and education about hunger, as well as Heifer’s unique solution to ending world hunger. Students will also spend one day and night at the ranch’s Global Village, where they will share a small meal and sleep on the floor of a home that simulates living conditions in the developing world.

The trip is organized by Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries at Olivet. It will be led this year by Jean Paul Cortes, community service coordinator. Cynthia Noyes, J.D., associate professor of sociology and anthropology, will also attend.

Students participating in the trip include: Chantell Ash, a sophomore from Marshall; Kathleen Clayton, a sophomore from DeWitt; Lauren Crownover, a sophomore from Saline; Dalton Guggemos, a junior from Laingsburg; Katrina Hamel, a sophomore from Ionia; Andrew Homer, a senior from Olivet; Brook Juhola, a junior from Olivet; Ashley Laprise, a senior from Allen Park; Libby Lydy, a senior from Woodland; Ginger Major, a junior from Olivet; Nicholas Mead, a senior from Charlotte; Chelsea Sutherland, a freshman from Ceresco; Ashley Tharp, a senior from Charlotte; and Jessica Zentz, a senior from Ovid.

A second Alternative Spring Break trip is planned for Bread of Life Mission in Plant City, Fla., which serves Latin American migrant farm workers and their families. Students will participate in farm chores, painting and yard work for the mission while also serving the needs of the workers. In addition, the students will spend an afternoon assisting in the fields by picking strawberries and other produce.

Students participating in this trip include: Haley Bazzani, a sophomore from Gaylord; Phil Bielak, a freshman from Brownstown; Parryss Carter-McGee, a freshman from Lansing; Caitlin Lohr, a senior from Holland; Maria Loza-Lopez, a sophomore from Lansing; Eliseo Martin, a sophomore from Lansing; Aubrey Stockmeyer, a junior from Leslie; and Chris Wilcox, a senior from Marshall.

For more information about these Alternative Spring Break trips or any of the college’s service projects, contact Fales at (269) 749-7624 or (517) 231-6818.


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