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January 29, 2008

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Students Offered Volunteer Service Opportunity Over Speak Break

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Students at The University of Texas at Tyler have an opportunity to make a difference during spring break, Dr. Lou Ann Berman, UT Tyler assistant vice president for student success, announced.

The UT Tyler Office of Student Development will select six students to travel to Corpus Christi to help with the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. The UT Tyler group will join forces with other student volunteers traveling on alternative spring break trips to build houses during the week of March 9.

“This trip is designed to provide our students with a highly personalized experience,” said Carey O’Kelly, UT Tyler student development specialist, who oversees campus activities. “The Alternative Spring Break Trip will give the students an opportunity to experience new places and people, which is a big part of what college is about. It will also give them a chance to get to know the people they are helping and see how their work is impacting lives.”

All transportation, lodging and most meals will be covered for participating students.

UT Tyler’s Alternative Spring Break Trip applications are available in the University Center, room 111 and are due by Feb. 8, along with a $50 application fee.

Based in Americus, Ga., Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses around the world, providing more than one million people in about 3,000 communities with safe and affordable shelter.

For more information, contact O’Kelly, 903.566.7014 or carey_okelly@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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