Students Serve, Perform, Compete During Winter Break
The Alma College campus may be quiet during Winter Break Feb. 26 through March 5, but many students will be active in service activities, music performances and athletic competition at locations throughout the country.
Alternative Breaks: Five Destinations
Forty-six students and five faculty/staff learning partners will participate in five Alternative Break service trips during Winter Break:
• Immigration & Border Issues, Project Puente — Students will work with immigrants in El Paso, TX, while learning firsthand about immigration policy and border issues.
From 2006: Students assist with Hurrican Katrina cleanup.
• Disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy — Students will visit Nashville, TN, to construct wheelchair ramps for individuals with disabilities.
• Education, Operation Breakthrough — Students will assist in classroom and after-school programs in Kansas City, MO.
• Rural Poverty, Once Upon a Time in Appalachia — Students will travel to Knoxville, TN, to work with the Cherokee community in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains on trail maintenance and service projects.
• Affordable Housing, Habitat for Humanity — Students will assist the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in new home construction in Lewisburg, WV.
“The goal is to create active citizens,” says organizer Katherine Gagnon, Alma’s AmeriCorps*VISTA in the Center for Responsible Leadership. “These are intensive one-week trips in which students serve, learn about social issues, and then return to apply their enthusiasm for serving others in their local communities.”
Florida Choir Tour
The Alma College Choir, led by Director Will Nichols, tours Florida for its annual Winter Break tour. Here is the performance schedule:
• Feb. 26 — Parrish, FL, United Methodist Church, 3 p.m. concert
• Feb. 27 — Sarasota, FL, Church of the Palms, morning performances
• Feb. 28 — Naples, FL, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m. concert
• March 2 — The Villages, FL, Church on the Square, 6 p.m. concert
• March 3 — Dunedin, FL, First Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. concert
The Choir performs in a church during its 2010 tour.
Alumni receptions are planned around the Choir concerts in Sarasota, Naples and The Villages. The Choir also will teach and perform at schools in the Naples and Tampa areas.
Percussion Ensemble at Notre Dame
On Saturday, March 5, the Alma College Percussion Ensemble will perform at Washington Hall Theatre on the Notre Dame campus at the 53rd annual University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. This is the group’s sixth consecutive invitation to play at the national festival.
Scots Athletic Teams Head South
• The baseball team heads to Myrtle Beach, SC, to open its 2011 season with games scheduled from Feb. 28 through March 4.
• The softball team travels to Orlando, FL, to open its 2011 season at the NTC Spring Games Feb. 27 through March 5. An alumni and parent tailgate is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. March 1 in Orlando.
• The men’s and women’s tennis teams visit Orlando, FL, with matches Feb. 26 through March 3.
Posted: Mon, February 21st, 2011 at 10:41AM