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St. Norbert College Students to Participate in Nine TRIPS Programs Over Winter Break

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From St. Norbert College, December 16, 2016
by Matthew Matuszak,, 920-403-3089

This winter break, nine groups of St. Norbert College students will travel to different national and global locations to take part in the TRIPS alternative break service program. Organized by the college's Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning, TRIPS (an acronym for Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service) challenges students to put their beliefs into action by spending a week in service. Each trip focuses on a particular area of need. The Winter 2016 TRIPS programs and their participants are listed below.

Children's Medical -- Tennessee (Two trips: Dec. 17-23, 2016, and Jan. 7-14, 2017)
Memphis, Tenn.

Students will volunteer at LeBonheur Children's Hospital to host special events for the hospitalized children, spend time with patients to give their parents a rest, and help brighten the lives of the patients and families. The participants will also assist at sites that provide lodging to families whose children are in treatment at the hospital.

December Participants: Olivia Johnson (Green Bay, Wis.), Vince Mastrodomenico (Bloomingdale, Ill.), Danielle Harris (Monona, Wis.), Sadie Jung (Round Lake, Ill.), Amy Rasmussen (Plover, Wis.), Sarah Rolfs (Mequon, Wis.), Pat Snider (Waupaca, Wis.), Molly VandenHouten (Green Bay, Wis.) and Adam Woebbeking (Harshaw, Wis.).

January Participants: Davey Holzer (Hartford, Wis.), Kelly Theel (Elkhart Lake, Wis.), Maeve Arneson (La Crosse, Wis.), Lydia Dorn (Waunakee, Wis.), Elisha Jaeke (Hartford, Wis.), Carter Krause (Green Bay, Wis.), Briana Scott (Waukesha, Wis.), Rebecca Simpson (Black Creek, Wis.), Monia Stephans (Hartford, Wis.) and Kirsten Tenpenny (Saukville, Wis.).

Urban Youth (Jan. 7-13, 2017)
Chicago, Ill.

This trip is one of the longest-running in the program, with St. Norbert students traveling to Chicago for nearly 30 years. Students will visit St. Benedict the African school to work one-on-one with young students and help in the after-school program.

Participants: Maggie Knecht (Weyauwega, Wis.), Fiona Holahan (Milwaukee, Wis.), Nicole Axe (Libertyville, Ill.), Kaitlyn Campshure (Pulaski, Wis.), Paige Costa (Spring Grove, Ill.), Kaitlyn Denz (West Bend, Wis.), Aubria Faust (Hubertus, Wis.), Matthew Gannon (Plymouth, Wis.), Nicole Gardner (Green Bay, Wis.), Alyssa Higley (Hartford, Wis.), Bobbi Schlenvogt (Port Washington, Wis.) and Aaron Van Eperen (Wrightstown, Wis.).

HIV/AIDS (Jan. 7-14, 2017)
Chicago, Ill.

This education-focused trip will allow participants to learn more about the impact of HIV/AIDS while visiting organizations addressing the needs of people affected. Students will also help with care for those with HIV/AIDS and assist in the preparation for fundraisers and other events.

Participants: Lenka Craigova (Juneau, Alaska), Shannon Salter (Milwaukee, Wis.), Katherine Ake (Neenah, Wis.), Danielle Gardner (Germantown, Wis.), Annika Hintze (Fond du Lac, Wis.), Allison Krysiak (Kaukauna, Wis.), Stephen Lin (Kimberly, Wis.), Brianna Lyons (Freedom, Wis.), Annika Neerdaels (Phillips, Wis.), Taylor Oswald (Bark River, Mich.), Laura Rolfs (Mequon, Wis.) and Sarah Steeno (Elm Grove, Wis.).

International Medical (Jan. 8-21, 2017)

Students will travel with an organization called Panorama Service Expeditions for a medical brigade. They will work closely with local doctors and medical students in medical consultations and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Students will serve both urban and rural populations.

Participants: Connor Gullstrand (Green Bay, Wis.), Haley Nett (Appleton, Wis.), Elizabeth Carlson (West Bend, Wis.), Samuel Fischer (De Pere, Wis.), Olivia Graham (Fond Du Lac, Wis.), Ashley Huckstep (Oconomowoc, Wis.), Kelly Kuehl (Sherwood, Wis.), Michaela Machurick (Kaukauna, Wis.), Kalli Parra (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Nicholas Stachowiak (West Allis, Wis.).

Urban Poverty -- Philadelphia (Jan. 14-20, 2017)
Philadelphia, Pa.

Students will work with men who are homeless and connected with Our Brothers' Place, a shelter serving the needs of 300 men. The group will meet with the staff to learn about homelessness, do manual labor, serve lunch and interact with guests. Participants will also live and pray with the Norbertines at Daylesford Abbey.

Participants: Sarah Cocco (Chicago, Ill.), Bekah Cleaver (Elroy, Wis.), Bailey Bushman (Hilbert, Wis.), Megan Evans (Appleton, Wis.), Jasmine Gordon (Milwaukee, Wis.), Claire Hetzel (Milwaukee, Wis.), Julia Novotny (Plymouth, Wis.), Brein Princl (De Pere, Wis.), Carolina Rodriguez (Mundelein, Ill.), Amy Stel (Markesan, Wis.), Joseph Zielinski (Leonardtown, Md.) and Rebecca Bongers (Kaukauna, Wis.).

Homelessness and Poverty (Jan. 14-21, 2017)
Washington, D.C.

Students will serve at homeless shelters and soup kitchens. They will discover the root of causes of homelessness in the United States and what they can do about the issue. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the presidential inauguration and related events.

Participants: Morgan Pennings (Bonduel, Wis.), Rachel Pischke (Green Bay, Wis.), Emily Bretl (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), Graeme Gallagher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Corinna Jauregui (Fish Creek, Wis.), Maggie Krummel (De Pere, Wis.), Colleen Mandell (Riverside, Ill.), Bailey Pischke (Green Bay, Wis.), Gosia Waz (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Levi Sterzing (Marinette, Wis.) and Jayme Wittock (Crivitz, Wis.).

Immigration and Refugee Issues (Jan. 15-20, 2017)
Chicago, Ill.

During this trip, participants will learn more about issues related to immigration, undocumented individuals and refugees. This trip allows for a balance of education and service about the social justice issue.

Participants: Nathan Klesmith (Plover, Wis.), Margaret Uselman (Madison, Wis.), Jessica Gjerde (River Falls, Wis.), Lizzy LeMere (Oneida, Wis.), Dana Schwab (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Owen Ward (Mequon, Wis.).

Children's Medical -- Arkansas (Jan. 14-21, 2017)
Little Rock, Ark.

Students will volunteer at Arkansas Children's Hospital to assist with special events for the hospitalized children and spend time with children to give parents a break. They may also assist at sites away from the hospital that provide lodging to families whose children are in treatment.

Participants: Chandler Brennan (Manitowoc, Wis.), Hannah Sherfinski (Hartland, Wis.), Kayla Gracyalny (Pulaski, Wis.), Dan Heimerl (Appleton, Wis.), Amy Holzer (Hartford, Wis.), Larissa Loftus (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Elissa Marble (Hopkins, Minn.), Karly May (Des Plaines, Ill.), Michael Tishka (Chicago, Ill.) and Alyssa Wohlrab (Mauston, Wis.).

For more information on the TRIPS program, contact Jennifer Nissen, assistant director of community service and learning at the Sturzl Center, at 920-403-3374 or

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