Twenty-two students and three advisers from Lycoming
College recently participated in Habitat for Humanityâ€™s Collegiate Challenge in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
week-long program is specifically geared toward college students on their
spring break. This was 25th year that Lycoming students participated in the
challenge. Lycoming students have traveled all around the continental United
States to participate in this alternative break program, including sites in
Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Washington, Texas and Mississippi.
Students and advisers worked with Habitat for
Humanity of Broward County for four days to clear a lot for a future build
site, build picnic tables, truss two roofs and makeÂ additional home-building
The students worked with the future homeowners, which was a rewarding
experience for many students, according to junior Annie Wegman, an archaeology
and photography major who is president of the Collegeâ€™s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
The students stayed in cabins in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park along Fort
Lauderdale Beach. At the camp, they had access to a dining hall, sleeping areas
and showers. During their free time, they traveled to the beach and spent time
canoeing, kayaking and hiking. On Monday, the students took an airboat ride
through the Everglades and visited South Beach Miami. They also went to Los
Olas for outdoor shopping in Fort Lauderdale.
â€œThis was my third Habitat trip and this was one of the best trips Iâ€™ve ever
taken,â€ Wegman said. â€œEveryone in the group bonded well and it was a great
experience. The area was beautiful and the Habitat volunteers were helpful and
The group also will participate in the Collegeâ€™s upcoming Relay For Life
event on March 22 in the Recreation Center. Club members also have worked on
homes in the Williamsport area, volunteered with the Greater Lycoming Habitat
for Humanityâ€™s ReStore and organized a fundraising 5K in November.
â€œI would like to thank the donors who contributed to the trip,â€ Wegman said.
â€œThe advisers, Jeff LeCrone, Casey Spencer and Annie DiSante, made this a
Students who participated were Michael Competiello, Oak Ridge, N.J;
Christian â€œC.J.â€ Conger, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Katelyn Conway, Palmyra,
N.J.; Tiffany Craig, Orangeville; James Dowling, Flemington, N.J.; Amanda
Ferster, Sunbury; Leah Handwerk, Hockessin, Del.; Erin Hale, Oakfield, N.Y.; Chloe
Hess, Ephrata; Amanda Kellagher, St. Clair; Richard Matel-Galatis, Hillsborough,
N.J.; Bryan McGinnis, Levittown; Amanda Miller, Freeland; Logan Mariano, Waterville;
Jennifer Monico, Harleysville; Emily Reid, Montoursville; Audrey Thomas, Curwensville;
Jeff Thomas, Curwensville; Joanne Walters, Williamsport; Michael Ward, Pompton
Lakes, N.J.; Annie Wegman, Douglassville; and Katy Wrona, Arnold.
Lycoming College Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based organization that
has been active on campus since 1990. In addition to its annual spring break
trip, the chapter is involved in the local community. The College dedicated its
first Habitat house in December 2003.
is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the
undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program,
vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student
outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1
institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near
the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the
50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more
information, visit www.lycoming.edu.