Spring break will be an education for some campus students

Penn State’s spring break week, March 7-11, will find some Penn State Beaver students traveling in-state as well as around the globe. Some will travel with their professors to Spain and Italy as others implement outreach and support services through Young People Who Care Inc., of Frenchville, Pa., and the Caritas health care system.

Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish at Beaver, and students from her Iberian Civilization and Culture class, will travel to Madrid, Spain, where they will visit the Prado Museum and other museums that are home to major international collections of Spanish masters. Students will also travel to study history and culture in other areas of Spain.

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Beaver, will travel to Italy with students from her Senior Synthesis Class. The class will present its iPhone and Droid Application Development and Prototype at the International Conference on Computer Applications in Venice and will tour the information technology systems at the Vatican.

Gary M. Slifkey, director of Catholic campus ministry, will help students work with Young People who Care, a Catholic grassroots ministry, as well as staff and patients of the Caritas healthcare system. Slifkey and his students will travel to the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountains to work on a variety of medical and life skills projects for those in need, including providing transportation services for people with medical conditions, working in an emergency shelter and a clothing bank, and cleaning.

For information, contact Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886, Wijekumar at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814, or Slifkey at gslifkey@diopitt.org or 412-334-7804.



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Last Updated March 08, 2011