Dr. Taylor, Students, Faculty, And Staff to Devote Break Week to Service

Posted: February 27, 2013

Gannon University students and faculty will be helping victims rebuild their lives after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy – but they’ll be doing more than cleaning up.

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., and Gannon students and faculty will be building homes for Habitat for Humanity – but they’ll be doing more than carpentry.

During Gannon’s week of spring break, March 2-9, Dr. Taylor and the student, faculty, and staff participants in the University’s alternative break service trips (ABSTs) will be making communities better.

They will focus on service during a week that many of their peers will spend vacationing or relaxing.

They will learn the importance of solidarity and compassion for those in need.

They will be living examples of Christ.

Service is a key aspect of the vision of Dr. Taylor. “Tradition of Service – Strengthening our Community,” was the theme of his Presidential Inauguration address. He has volunteered alongside students during previous break trips to the Bronx, Haiti, and Honduras, and will be an active participant again this year.

“As a Catholic and caring University, there is a strong and vibrant culture of service at Gannon that extends from our freshman residence halls to Old Main,” Dr. Taylor said. “Service is a selfless and such a personally enriching experience, and that’s why I’m proud and humbled to serve with a very dedicated group of students who are devoting their spring break to something as noble as helping others in need. Their commitment to taking part in something greater than themselves reflects the essence of Gannon University.”

The nearly 60 students, faculty, and staff participating in this year’s trips are Gannon’s most ever. This year’s six alternative break trips also represent a milestone for the University.

More about Gannon’s 2013 alternative break service trips (ABSTs) 

The trips are based upon four pillars: service, simplicity, community, and reflection. The teams will journey to: