Lewis students start summer break by helping others

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Lewis University students start summer break by helping others

Published: June 11, 2014.

Lewis University students recently completed their annual Lewis University Ministry Alternative Trip Experiences (LUMINATE). This year, 24 students participated in three different service projects across the Midwest. LUMINATE provides students weekend or week-long service experiences during Fall Break, Spring Break and May.

Lewis University student, Sara Harms led her group at the Eco-Justice Center in Racine, Wis. The group worked on a self-sustaining farm while learning about caring for Earth and justice for creation. They cared for animals, such as alpacas, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, honeybees, guinea hens, cats and dogs. They also planted vegetables in the community gardens and completed other farm chores. Students on the trip included Chiara Calicdan, Joy Davila, Alex Heaney, Lizzie Lorang and Jessica Tennant.

Led by students Yolanda Franco and Erin Richards, students took part in a home/business rehab for Habitat for Humanity in Flint, Mich., one of the most economically depressed cities in the U.S. Joseph Baltuska, Amanda Hoeller, Jessica Kaluzny and Holly Smialek participated on this trip. The group was accompanied by Brother Tom Dupre, FSC, associate professor of math and computer science.

Other students spent time learning about the history and culture of the Winnebago and Omaha nations while doing service projects, such as cleaning, painting and general maintenance. They also participated in a sweat lodge, built a teepee and experienced different Native American cultural dances. Led by students Kaitlyn Evoy and Abby Michaels, student participants of the St. Augustine Mission trip in Winnebago, Neb. included Bianca Apato, Ashley Escobar, Ashley Ficek, Michael Harris, Theresa Malanao, Anna Opacian, Kaitlyn Sendzik, Lindsey Showalter, Alex Stewart and Victoria Vega.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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