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Olivet College students to spend Spring Break at Heifer Project International Ranch
Feb 19, 2007

OLIVET, Mich. – Eighteen Olivet College students will spend their Spring Break (March 5-9) at Heifer Project International Ranch (Heifer Ranch) in Perryville, Ark. Heifer Ranch is a hands-on learning center providing education that promotes sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.

Mike Fales, director of church relations and campus ministries, has coordinated the trip for eight years as a service learning project for campus ministries. Maria Davis, Ph.D., chair of the Natural and Physical Science Department, will join the group, as well.

Students participating in the Heifer Ranch Alternative Spring Break include: Kenny Ashley, a senior from Coloma; James Boyd, a sophomore from St. Charles, Ill.; James Bradtke, a freshman from Battle Creek; Blake Brannick, a freshman from Jackson; Jessica Brannon, a freshman from Olivet; Sara Costigan, a senior from Coloma; Tim DeMenter, a junior from Gladstone; Tony Hall, a senior from Middleville; Matthew Hoppes, a sophomore from Ionia; Denise Jackson, a junior from Detroit; Courtney Kuch, a senior from Ypsilanti; Ashley Malloy, a sophomore from Grand Ledge; Mariah Mickelwait, a senior from Middleville; Aryn Perkins, a sophomore from Leslie; Lindsay Pettengill, a non-degree seeking student from Nashville; Stephanie Shepherd, a senior from Macomb; Shyam Shrestha, a sophomore from Nepal; and Levi Stegeman, a sophomore from Hazel Park.

The ranchs living classrooms acquaint visitors with the Heifer Ranchs mission and its practices used around the world. Students learn 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. This service-learning experience directly benefits the poorest of the poor of the world and the students will have the opportunity to help through volunteer work and hands-on cultural awareness exercises. They will be able to plant crops, feed and tend to animals and learn first-hand about hunger in developing countries.

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



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