Students take the plunge for service

Huntington, Ind. - Thirteen Huntington University students will be taking the plunge next week to help those in need in the Chicago area.

The trip, known as Urban Plunge, is sponsored by the Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service on campus and will take place Nov. 19-21.

"Our purpose for the trip to Chicago is twofold," said Grace McBrayer, director of first-year students and volunteer services. "First and foremost, it's to engage in service in these organizations and to the people in need there, but it's also to create an educational opportunity for our students to encounter a culture, community or people that may be different for them."

The students will be working with various service organizations including Emmaus Ministries where they will participate in an Immersion Night which is an attempt to stop male prostitution; Cornerstone Community Outreach where they will be helping to sort through clothes for the Outreach's "free store" where those in need may obtain clothing; and A Just Harvest where they will be working in the soup kitchen.

"I think it will be a shock to some, uncomfortable for many and different for all of us. I also think, however, that it will be a good learning experience," said Dana Lancaster, a junior at HU and the student organizer of the trip.

The students attending the trip are:

Felicia Pettigrew, a senior graphic design major, from Lampe, Mo.

Regina Brenneman, a senior elementary and special education major, from Delphos, Ohio

Jonathan Zamora, a freshman undecided major, from Chicago, Ill.

Mitsuzi Stone, a sophomore nursing major, from Jamaica

Brittany Scales, a freshman educational ministry-family and children major, from Rochester, Ind.

Monica Salvo, a junior social work major, from Deerfield, Wis.

Heather Mayer, a sophomore educational ministry-family and children major, from Ossian, Ind.

Margaret Kubina, a junior biology major, from Sheridan, Ind.

Justin Sommer, a junior youth ministries major, from Berne, Ind.

Sean Cruse, a senior animation major, from Melville, N.Y.

Catherine Rinchak, a freshman fine arts major, from Chesterton, Ind.

Rebekah Lantz, a junior psychology major, from Fowlerville, Mich.

Dana Lancaster, a junior entrepreneurial/small business management major, from Hereford, Pa.