UNH Students Provide Service While They Learn

Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations

April 14, 2004

DURHAM, N.H. - Students from UNH's Gibbs Hall will host a field day for the Oyster River Youth Association (ORYA) Saturday, April 17, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day features basketball, kickball, soccer, whiffle ball, lacrosse, bean bag tosses, relay races and a host of fun activities for area youth, their families and students from the University of New Hampshire. Activities take place behind Gibbs Hall on the Lower Quad near the Memorial Union Building (MUB).

Gibbs Hall has given 200 hours of service to ORYA through facilities maintenance, clean up, coaching and refereeing. They also have run a “Learn to Skate” program. Approximately 30 Gibbs Hall students will be participating in the field day as part of their service learning outreach to the community. Students from Jessie Doe Hall have worked all year with the Big Brother/Big Sister program and will bring their young friends with them to the event.

“The program provides Gibbs Hall students the opportunity to give to the community in a positive way, helping them to think outside of themselves and to understand that giving to others is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.” says Jen Scumaci, Gibbs Hall director.

The upcoming event is part of the UNH Residence Hall Community Service Program that began earlier this year. Each UNH residence hall “adopted” a community organization partner. The goal is to develop a long-term relationship that provides opportunities for service, assists students to be more connected with the community and offers learning experiences outside the classroom. A $1,000 dollar UNH Parents Association grant assists the students with transportation costs.

Upcoming service events with the residence halls include:

April 17: Gibbs Hall hosts a Field Day for ORYA from 10-2 p.m. behind Gibbs Hall. Contact: Jen Scumaci 862-1156 or Jennifer.scumaci@unh.edu.

Week of April 19: Mills Hall conducts a health and beauty drive to contribute the products to Cornucopia. Contact: Cat Lupo 862-1111 or Catherine.lupo@unh.edu.

April 24: Smith Hall travels to the Mark H. Wentworth Home at 2 p.m. They will be hosting a games afternoon. Contact: Nikki Perez 862-1123 or nikki.perez@unh.edu.

May 1: Several residence halls participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on the UNH campus.

May 8: The Mini Dorms host a “smash into Saturday” volleyball tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Contact: Kelley McCoy 862-4436 or Kelley.mccoy@unh.edu.

(Contributing writer: Jessica D'Avanza, '07)