Volunteers in Mission


Eight Alvernia students are applying their studies of water filtration to help residents of the Santo Domingo barrio in the Dominican Republic this summer.

The students were part of a cross-discipline biology/communication course in the spring, in which they studied water filtration and literacy. In addition, they raised enough money to sponsor a year's worth of water at a school run by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in the Los Tres Brazos barrio of Santo Domingo.

"This faculty-led study abroad experience is part of Alvernia University's Global Learning initiatives and builds on Alternative Break trips sponsored by Campus Ministry," said Dean Beth Aracena, Ph.D. "This group is ready 'to learn, to love, to serve' in the mission of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters"

The students are led by Dr. Carrie Fitzpatrick (pictured above on a recent trip to Santo Domingo) and Dr. Adam Heinze, who team-taught the spring course. Fitzpatrick has led similar mission trips for the past five years.

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