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St. Norbert College Students Volunteer Nationwide Through TRIPS Program

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From St. Norbert College, April 1, 2014
by Stefanie Trinkl,, 920-403-3089

Forty-six St. Norbert College students volunteered nationwide during their spring break through the service program Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service (TRIPS). The students traveled to five locations nationwide and worked with various community service organizations.

Marcia LaSalle (New Berlin, Wis.), Kelsie George (Bentonville, Ark.), Alexander Dempsey (Negaunee, Mich.), Jack Feuerstein (Whitelaw, Wis.), Collin Hess (Suamico, Wis.), Maggie Knecht (Weyauwega, Wis.), Adam LaLuzerne (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), Darin Rickert (Appleton, Wis.), Anna Spies (Germantown, Wis.), Marisa Strothenke (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Margaret Uselman (Madison, Wis.) and Linsey Zwiefelhofer (Bloomer, Wis.) joined Habitat for Humanity in Little Rock, Ark. The group helped paint, build and restore houses and helped with projects at ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, building materials and appliances at a fraction of retail price.

Emily Vetter (West Bend, Wis.), Bailey Bushman (Hilbert, Wis.), Elizabeth Courtrade (New Richmond, Wis.), Kate Farrell (West Bend, Wis.), Molly Hanson (Saint Paul, Minn.), Britney Heineman (New London, Wis.), Elena Herrera (Waukegan, Ill.), Mary Maher (Wausau, Wis.), Hannah Schwefel (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Olivia Tarlton (Green Bay, Wis.) joined Christmas in Action in Spartanburg, S.C. The students worked on home repair projects alongside other volunteers and community partners to rehabilitate the homes of elderly, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged homeowners.

Hannah Sternig (Appleton, Wis.), Allyson Bills (Richfield, Wis.), Aleena Choudhry (Glendale, Wis.), Matt Hansen (Naperville, Ill.), Hannah Kestly (Oneida, Wis.), Emily McGrath (Racine, Wis.), Peter Schnell (Lake in the Hills, Ill.), Rachel School (Appleton, Wis.) and Alesia Staskiewicz (Waukesha, Wis.) volunteered at urban Milwaukee schools. Participants worked side by side with St. Norbert College alumni teachers while learning about the school choice system in Milwaukee. The students also had the chance to participate in hands-on classroom teaching experiences.

Kendra Wauters (De Pere, Wis.), Megan Duff (Green Bay, Wis.), Autumn Maass-Everard (Seymour, Wis.), Rachel Taubel (Pulaski, Wis.) and Nicole Zellner (New Franken, Wis.) joined the L'Arche community in Iowa. L'Arche is a dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs and support networks for people who have intellectual disabilities. Students spent the week living with the residents and providing friendship and support.

Kayla Stuckey (Chilton, Wis.), Alex Bresser (Oregon, Wis.), Grace August (Waukegan, Ill.), Kimberley Brunette (De Pere, Wis.), Christine Chen (Wausau, Wis.), Lauren Gantenbein (Waukesha, Wis.), Morgan Lanahan (Wausau, Wis.), Taylor Patterson (Denmark, Wis.), Hannah Riggle (De Pere, Wis.) and Brittani Seidl (Marshfield, Wis.) participated in an urban education trip to Chicago. The group volunteered at St. Benedict the African school and stayed at the Amate House, where they interacted with young people who have committed one or more years to post-graduation service.

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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