St. Lawrence students are exploring a variety of alternatives to the traditional spring break this year, venturing to locations throughout the country for a week of service, academic study and other educational activities.

The campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity is once again participating in a spring break project, heading to a traditional spot -- Boca Raton, Florida -- for non-traditional activities: building a house for a needy family. Participants are A.J. Wright '04, Lackawanna, NY; Merinda Bobeck '02, Northford, CT (trip leader); Mykel Anne Goodwin '03, Springfield Center, NY; Lindsay Farrar '05, Queensbury, NY; Jessie Townsend '02, W. Edmeston, NY; Emily Stahl '05, Moriah, NY; Tristina Dube '05, Peru, NY; Gabby Schiavino '04, Towson, MD; Paul Talaga '03, Honesdale, PA; DeVernie Winston '04, New York, NY; and Courtney Jonas '04, Lake Oswego, OR. The group's advisor is Roxanne Patterson '95, information systems coordinator in career services and leadership education on campus.

A second group will head to Boston, where they will provide services to the Long Island Homeless Shelter, located in Boston Harbor. Participants are Laura Woltag '05, Belfast, NY; Anne Harrigan '04, West Newbury, MA; Cara Dodge '03, Chatham, NY; Shanna Treworgy '04, Lebanon, NH; Molly Milliken '04, Farmington, ME; Chinasa Izeogu '05, Fayetteville, GA; and Steve Coffin '03, Hopkinton, MA. They will be accompanied by Anne Townsend and Peg Cornwell '79, project directors of St. Lawrence's Leadership Academy.

Issues affecting migrant workers -- including economics, globalization, feminism, the environment, health care and social justice -- along the Texas/Mexico border will be studied by a group of students led by University Chaplain Kathleen Buckley and Associate Professor of Physics Aileen O'Donoghue. They will visit Su Casa de Esperanza, a Presbyterian-affiliated agency that assists low-income families in the colonia of Las Milpas south of Pharr, Texas, and the legal-assistance organization Border Association For Refugees From Central America (BARCA) in Edinburg, Texas, plus duty-free assembly plants located on the U.S./Mexican border, known as maquiladoras, in Matamoros. Participants are Libby Varno '04, Victor, NY; Kaileah Christie '04, Granville, VT; Shannon Fritts-Penniman '05, Trumansburg, NY; Roxanne Vilanova '04, Clint, TX; and David Duran '05, Clint, TX.

Finally, the Laurentian Singers mixed-voice choir continues its long-standing tradition of a spring break "tour" this year by traveling to New Mexico, to perform in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos and Albuquerque.

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