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St. Norbert College Students Volunteer Nationwide Through “TRIPS” Program

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From St. Norbert College, March 6, 2013
by Stefanie Trinkl,, 920-403-3089

Forty-two St. Norbert College students will be volunteering nationwide during their spring break through the service program Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service, "TRIPS." The students will travel to five locations nationwide and work with various community service organizations.

Jessica Wightman (Green Bay, Wis.), Mirjam Koehler (Kenosha, Wis.), Kelsie George (Bentonville, Ariz.), Quincy Kissack (Rock Springs, Wis.), Kim Pampel (Grafton, Wis.), Marco Rodriguez (Nekoosa, Wis.), Jon Mallek (Junction City, Wis.), Jenne Wiedemeir (Porterfield, Wis.), Caitlin Green (Green Bay, Wis.) and Rachael Schubarth (Oconomowoc, Wis.) will be participating in the Christian Appalachian Project in Kentucky. The Christian Appalachian Project is an organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.
Kayla Stuckey (Chilton, Wis.), Tressa Reuter (Arcadia, Wis.), Anna Spies (Germantown, Wis.), Breann Clark (Green Bay, Wis.) and Morgan Schell (Kaukauna, Wis.) will be joining the L'Arche community in Iowa. L'Arche is a community dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs and support networks for people who have intellectual disabilities. Students will live with the residents and provide friendship and support.

Claire Westlie (Pewaukee, Wis.), Maria Howe (Waukesha, Wis.), Megan Besaw (Green Bay, Wis.), Stephanie O'Connor (De Pere, Wis.), Alex Landreman (Racine, Wis.), Kaylee Beck (De Pere, Wis.), Olivia Tarlton (De Pere, Wis.), Tess Botsford (Suamico, Wis.), Arielle Zelinski (Menasha, Wis.) and Alexis Achs (Milwaukee) will be participating in urban education immersion in Chicago. This trip offers participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in a Chicago school for a week as a classroom aide.

Sandra Payan (Minneapolis), Maria Sostre (Waukegan, Ill.), Kyle Conniff (Onalaska, Wis.), Tania Hernandez (Waukegan, Ill.), Elena Herrera (Waukegan, Ill.) and Kaojoua Vang (Sun Prairie, Wis.) will serve in New Mexico. This new trip focuses on the impact immigration has had on American politics and culture. The students will stay at the Norbertine abbey in Albuquerque. They will learn and address the political discourse of immigration through service and workshops.

Sara Hafenbreadl (West Bend, Wis.), Danny Carpenter (Burnett, Wis.), Joe Bartel (Fond du Lac, Wis.), Peter Ostergaard (Herning, Denmark), Elizabeth Courtade (New Richmond, Wis.), Marcia LaSalle (New Berlin, Wis.), Tyler Bourland (Ina, Ill.), Brennan Schneider (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), Zoe Ryan (Edina, Minn.), Lindsey Osgood (West Bend, Wis.) and Emily Vetter (West Bend, Wis.) will be working with Habitat for Humanity in Arkansas. Students will spend a week painting, building, roofing and restoring homes in the south.

TRIPS is an alternative break service program that gives students the opportunity to put their values, convictions and religious beliefs into action through service. The program is rooted in the ideal that service-learning and reflection can be a medium for personal growth and life-changing experiences. The program provides participants with leadership skills, new perspectives and a broader understanding of local, national and global communities.

For more information on the TRIPS program, visit or call 920-403-3367.

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