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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 22, 2011

Applications for Alternative Spring Break due Sept. 26

Students interested in participating in Northwest Missouri State University's 2012 Alternative Spring Break trip should submit applications to the Office of Volunteer Services by Monday, Sept. 26.

Applications may be downloaded online and should be submitted to Amy Nally, Northwest's director of volunteer, service learning and civic engagement, in the Intercultural International Center, located in the J.W. Jones Student Union.

Northwest's Alternative Spring Break organization this year will travel to Atlanta to work with the Essential2Life program.  

Alternative Spring Break annually gives Northwest students an opportunity to participate in a week of service-learning and volunteering in a different environment. The mission of the organization is to progressively improve the experience of true service-learning for Northwest students and successfully incorporate classroom learning in real world situations. 

Founded in 2006, Alternative Spring Break focuses on projects involving environmental and disaster relief, Habitat for Humanity and humanitarianism. Northwest students previously provided disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La., and partnered with Give Kids the World to help children with life-threatening illnesses in Kissimmee, Fla. The organization's 2010 trip to the Dominican Republic to work with Orphanage Outreach was the organization's first outside the United States. Last year, the group partnered with Community Collaborations International in Niceville, Fla., and participated in several community-based projects associated with restoring the coastal ecosystem affected by the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill.

For more information, contact Alternative Spring Break Publicity Chair Elizabeth Pleskac at or contact Nally at 660.562.1954 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468