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Olivet College students participate in alternative spring break
Mar 13, 2006

OLIVET, Mich. Nineteen Olivet College students spent their spring break (March 4-11) at the Heifer Project International Ranch in Perryville, Ark. The ranch is a hands-on learning center providing education that promotes sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. This is the seventh year Olivet has participated at Heifer Ranch.

Mike Fales, director of church relations and campus ministries, and Maria Davis, Ph.D., chair of the Natural and Physical Science Department, coordinated the trip as a service learning project.

Students who participated in the Heifer Project International Ranch alternative spring break included: Annie Bahling, a sophomore from Lachine; Mike Birdsley, a sophomore from Owosso; Sarah Boyd, a sophomore from Napolean, Ohio; Jean Paul Cortes, a freshman from Mexico; Tim DeMenter, a sophomore from Gladstone; Tony Hall, a junior from Middleville; Matt Hurley, a senior from Sault Ste. Marie, ONT.; Denise Jackson, a sophomore from Detroit; Ann Marie Keisic, a junior from Sterling Heights; Eunice Oladele, a junior from Nigeria; Matthew Oladele, a junior from Nigeria; Travis Patterson, a sophomore from Flint; Stephanie Shepherd, a senior from Macomb; Levi Stegeman, a sophomore from Hazel Park; Rachel Tunison, a junior from Erie; Sally Vandemoortel, a senior from Marshall; Ryan Voisin, a freshman from Suttons Bay; Brandon Walters, a junior from Olivet; and Katrina Williams, a junior from Detroit.

The ranchs living classrooms acquaint visitors with its mission and practices used around the world. Students learned about the root causes of hunger and poverty, and ways in which people and animals can make a difference.

I am proud of the students for giving up their spring break to help build a more equitable world, said Fales. The students had the opportunity to plant crops, feed and tend to animals and learn first-hand about hunger in developing countries.

The trip was funded in part by the Covenant Association of the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ.


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