Making a Difference and Connections during Spring Break

3/15/2011

This week, a group of students are spending their Spring Break in the St. Petersburg, Florida area helping to make a difference. Rather than the typical Spring Break, these 20 students are participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, using this week to build homes for members of the local community in need of affordable housing. This is the fifth year in a row Stevens students have given up their much-needed mid-semester week of rest and opted instead to help others.

“All 20 students and 2 chaperones are excited about the prospect of traveling to St. Petersburg to help build homes for people in need. These new homes will help provide new beginnings for their owners,” says Justin Wenthold ’11, Stevens’ Habitat for Humanity student leader. “We are also very excited that we will have the opportunity to meet with alumni while we’re there. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with them while learning about theirs during their time at Stevens.” 

Following on the success of last year’s alumni event held during the spring break Habitat trip to Arizona, the Office of Development is once again hosting a reception, allowing current students and local alums to connect. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 19 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Dr. Constantin Chassapis, deputy dean of the School of Engineering & Science and the Mechanical Engineering department director, will be the featured guest speaker. 

“We are excited about partnering with Habitat for Humanity and the Stevens Alumni Association to bring students and alumni together in St. Petersburg, Florida. Our alumni are always eager to meet with students and learn about current events at their alma mater,” states Ed Eichhorn, class of ’69 and Vice President for Development. “We are also pleased that Professor Chassapis will be joining us to discuss the advancements and growth of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens.”