Intercom Online......March 4, 1999

Students seek spring break alternative

Rather than join their classmates in the annual migration to Florida's beaches and bars, students from the College of Communications will travel out Route 26 to live and work in Mount Union, Huntingdon County, for a week during this year's spring break.

The college's "Spring Break Alternative" will provide students with the opportunity to work with community groups and public school students in the Mount Union area. The students plan to work with Mount Union High School's journalism class to put together an issue of its school newspaper focusing on the need for a community center and to create a Web site for the paper. They also will host evening sessions on photography, layout and writing.

In addition to the communications group, students representing biology, nutrition and English have designed sessions on nutrition to inform high school students and community members about current health issues.

"The importance of what our students are doing cannot be overstated," said Jeremy Cohen, professor of communications in the College of Communications and director of SOURCE, the college's service learning initiative. "They learn best when they apply their academic work meaningfully to difficult issues that are not solved with simple solutions."

In cooperation with faculty members and community organizations, SOURCE, which stands for Service, Outreach, Unity, Research, Communication and Education, provides service learning opportunities to students that link knowledge gained in the classroom with service to the larger community.

For more information about the Spring Break Alternative, contact the College of Communications at (814) 863-1484. For more information about SOURCE, visit the Web at http://www.psu.edu/dept/comm/undergrad/index.htm.

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