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Olivet College students to spend Alternative Spring Break at Heifer International
Feb 24, 2009

Twenty Olivet College students will spend their spring break at the Heifer International ranch in Perryville, Ark. March 7 to 14. Heifer International is a hands-on learning center that promotes sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. This is the 10th year Olivet has partnered with the organization as part of its Alternative Spring Break program.

The trip is coordinated by Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries and assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and religion. Maria Davis, Ph.D., professor of biology and Natural and Physical Sciences Department chair, and Bridget Ferrigan, Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, will join the group, as well.

Students were nominated by Olivet College faculty and staff to participate in the service project. Students attending the trip include: Amber Chase, a freshman from Hastings; Kristin Chase, a junior from Hastings; Matthew Dyer, a junior from Charlotte; Ryan Hargraves, a freshman from Grand Blanc; Tracy Harmon, a junior from Olivet; Mary Herman, a senior from Battle Creek; Michael Hollern, a freshman from Lansing; Nathan Hughes, a senior from Marshall; Justin Hutchison, a senior from Olivet; Angelique Korstanje, a sophomore from Charlotte; Christina Lehman, a senior from Potterville; Veronica Maidens, a sophomore from Arcadia; Sara Miller, a junior from Casnovia; Edward OBrien, a senior from Stockbridge; Jeremy Szymanski, a junior from Center Line; James Tanis, a senior from Jenison; Ashley Tharp, a freshman from Charlotte; Trevor Tyler, a freshman from Roscommon; Phillip Vogel, a sophomore from Warren; and Blake Walters, a senior from Olivet.

The ranchs living classrooms acquaint visitors with Heifers 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.

Our 10-year partnership with Heifer International has produced a long list of Olivet College graduates who have returned to the ranch in staff positions and others who have gone out into the world in mission settings, said Fales. Every year I am impressed by the number of Olivet College students who are willing to spend their spring break making a difference in the world.

For more information, call (269) 749-7624 or visit www.heifer.org.


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