Monday, December 17, 2012
Assumption students helped build a home in tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa
The Chronicle of Higher Education published a column on Dec. 13, 2012, by Assumption College English Professor Michael Land about his mission trip earlier this year with students to his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the places hit hardest by the April 27, 2011, tornado that killed more than 40 people.
During that January 2012 winter break trip, 13 Assumption students volunteered to help build a home in the city’s Rosedale Courts housing development. They spent a week with Professor Land and an Assumption staff member to work with local agencies Habitat for Humanity and the United Saints Recovery Project as part of the Assumption College Campus Ministry Office’s SEND Service Immersion Program. Professor Land’s column, headlined “Lessons in Transcending Geography,” notes how a new batch of Assumption students will return to Tuscaloosa Jan. 2-9, 2013 for another SEND experience.
SEND is a weeklong, voluntary experience established in 1986 that blends service to communities in need with education about that area’s culture as well as personal introspection. In the program’s 27 years, participating students have traveled to and served in various regions of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Ecuador (where 14 Assumption students are now through Dec. 23). These community service learning trips occur during winter, spring and summer breaks.