For Many, Winter Break Means Service, Performances
Alma College students leave campus for winter break during the week
of Feb. 23. While some students head for their homes or warm beaches,
many have opted to participate in service activities, choir and
percussions performances, and athletic competition at locations
throughout the country.
Alternative Breaks: Nine Destinations
Ninety-five students and 10 faculty/staff leaders will participate in nine Alternative Break service trips during Winter Break:
• Hunger and Homelessness (faith based) — Students will work with several organizations in Washington, D.C., in service activities related to the hungry and homeless.
• Affording Housing — Students visit Georgetown, S.C., to assist the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in new home construction.
• Sustainable Housing — Students will help rebuild Greensburg, Kansas, which was devastated by a May 2007 tornado, as a model green community.
• Children’s Health Issues — Students will interact with children and their families at four Ronald McDonald Houses for ill children and their families in the Chicago area.
• Environmental — Students will volunteer in Moab, Utah, with a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting and restoring native wildlife habitats in the Colorado Plateau.
• Immigration/Border Issues — Students will travel to El Paso on the U.S.-Mexico border for work at Annunciation House, a volunteer house of hospitality for migrants and refugees.
• Youth Education — Students will assist teachers and students in classroom and after-school programs at an urban elementary school in Philadelphia.
• Rural Poverty — Trail maintenance, museum work and service projects in a local Cherokee community will highlight service activities near Knoxville, Tenn.
• Disaster Relief (faith based) — Students will assist with Hurricane Ike clean up and home repair in Port Arthur, Texas.
Choir Tour: Seven Concerts
The Alma College Choir, led by Director Will Nichols, heads to the East Coast for its annual winter break tour. Here’s the performance schedule:
• Feb. 20 — Milford Presbyterian Church, Milford, Mich., 7:30 p.m.
• Feb. 22 — National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., 9:15 and 11 a.m.
• Feb. 23 — First Presbyterian Church, Annapolis, Md., 7 p.m.
• Feb. 24 — St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
• Feb. 25 — Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City, 7:30 p.m.
• Feb. 26 — Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts, New York City, 1 p.m.
• Feb. 27 — First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, New York, 7 p.m.
Percussion Ensemble at Notre Dame
The Alma College Percussion Ensemble, conducted by David Zerbe, will perform at the 51st annual University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival Feb. 27 and 28.
Scot Athletic Teams
• The baseball team heads to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to open its 2009 season at the Ripken Collegiate Tournament. The Scots have games scheduled from Feb. 18 through 26.
• The softball team travels to Orlando, Fla., to open its 2009 season at the Gene Cusic Classic with games Feb. 24 through March 1.
• The men’s and women’s tennis teams visit Orlando, Fla. with matches Feb. 21 through 26.
Alumni receptions in The Villages, Fla., Sarasota, Philadelphia and Phoenix are scheduled during the Winter Break. Call the Alumni Office for more information or to RSVP.
• Feb. 21 — The Villages, Fla., Town Plaza Suite, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Feb. 22 — Sarasota, Fla., home of Bill Castile ’52, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Feb. 24 — Philadelphia, Ansil Food and Wine, 5 p.m., prior to choir performance
• Feb. 26 — Phoenix Alumni Event, Sam’s Cafe, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Posted: Wed, February 11th, 2009 at 4:17PM