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Service and research for students during Spring Break

March 3, 2014


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Many students at Saint Francis University are forgoing the routine relaxation of spring break to serve their brothers and sisters around the globe. Other students are partaking in trips to expand their knowledge, conduct research, and discover world culture. Students will be guided on these worthwhile excursions by volunteer Saint Francis faculty, administrators, and alumni.

Domestically, students will travel to North Carolina and Massachusetts. Internationally, they will fly to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and London. Even the students at Saint Francis’ study abroad site in Ambialet, France, will use their free time to partake in spring break travels.

Habitat for Humanity- Greensboro, North Carolina
Saint Francis’ Habitat for Humanity Group is sending 12 students and two administrators to Greensboro, North Carolina. The group is participating in Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge Week to help on two new building sites and dedicate two completed houses.

Issues in Political Economy Conference- Boston, Massachusetts
Four economics majors are traveling to Boston, Massachusetts, for the "Issues in Political Economy Conference". The conference is for students who are conducting research in economics and finance. The annual conference is specifically dedicated to undergraduate student research. The students will give a presentation and will also serve as a discussant of another student's paper. The conference is intended to mimic professional economic conferences and to encourage students to conduct research in economics and finance.

The Role of Great Britain in the European Union- London, Great Britain
This annual excursion is part of the three-credit “The Role of Great Britain in the European Union” business course. Twenty-five students will tour London Bloomberg Business, the London Financial District, the Bank of England, Windsor Castle and the Fulham Futbol Club. They will also attend lectures about the European Union at the University of London and about the British Economy at the Bank of England.

HUGS United- Monte Christi, Dominican Republic and Maggoty, Jamaica
The largest group of Saint Francis students, faculty, and administration will be traveling as part of the HUGS United service group. One team of 60 will be serving others in Monte Christi, Dominican Republic. The other team of 20 will be volunteering in Maggoty, Jamaica.

Headed to Jamaica is a group who will be holding a vacation bible school for the first time. The group’s theme is peacemakers and they will be working with 50-70 children ages 3-18 each day after school.

Also traveling to Jamaica is the director of the Small Business Development Center and four business students who will continue the microlending initiative started last year. The group will work with two parishes in Jamaica this year for microlending efforts.

A group of occupational therapy students will also be volunteering in Jamaica. This will be the first year occupational therapy services will be offered there. Occupational therapy services through HUGS started in the Dominican Republic in 2011.

Another occupational therapy team will volunteer in the Dominican Republic. This team of students will be supervised by Saint Francis occupational therapy alumni.

One of the other teams serving in the Dominican Republic is an Education Team. These volunteers will teach English to students in public schools.

A medical team is also headed to the Dominican Republic. This team is a mixture of physician assistant and nursing students. Two alumni and two professors from the Saint Francis physician assistant program will help instruct students. This group is excited to be able to offer medical care to those who may not otherwise have it.

Study Abroad- Ambialet, France
In addition to the students traveling during break, those who have been studying abroad in France since January will use their free time to explore France and Europe.

In the spirit of the university’s patron, St. Francis, students are using these educational and service opportunities to develop themselves and better the world by sharing their talents and skills. Adventures that will last a lifetime are about to begin.