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Forget the Beach

Alternative Spring Break

A total of 134 IUP students are participating in service projects organized for IUP’s Alternative Spring Break program, the most students involved in the program since its inception in 2002.

ASB at IUP is a student-run community service organization whose mission is to promote critical thinking, social action, and continued community involvement by combining education and direct service on the local, regional, and national levels.

ASB consists of an intensive week-long service experience in addition to pre-break training and post-break activities. Caleb Finegan, founding director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership, coordinates the program. Trips include building new hiking trails in Eastern Tennessee; volunteering with the Society for Recovery and Adoption in Seguin, Texas, to help to rehabilitate abused or abandoned domestic and factory farm animals; rebuilding homes for victims of hurricanes in the Gulf region; volunteering at Karme Choling, America's oldest meditation center located in northern Vermont; and participating in a cutting-edge program in Arkansas designed to help students learn about intentional leadership while living in  the wilderness. The CCESL was established by President Tony Atwater. Finegan began his role as CCESL director in July 2009. Above, students attended an information meeting about the program during the fall semester.