January 07, 2006


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Brigade will leave early Sunday, Jan. 8, for a weeklong service/learning experience in Nicaragua, returning late Monday, Jan. 16. The trip will include four days of work and three days of learning/traveling.

The Bucknell Brigade is a volunteer project which began as a student initiative after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America in fall 1998.

Since then, the Brigade has grown into an ongoing Bucknell partnership with the poor community of Nueva Vida just outside Managua, where refugees were resettled after the hurricane, according to Ian Oliver, Bucknell University chaplain, who is one of three staff accompanying the 21 students.

Each year, two Bucknell delegations visit Nueva Vida to work and learn. Bucknell faculty, staff, students, parents and friends have contributed to building a medical clinic there, and keeping it going

Joining Oliver as leaders for this trip are Bucknell seniors Laura Holmes, Norwich, N.Y., and Shereef Zaki, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Garry Miller, Information Services and Resources (ISR). Staff members include Meredith Field, ISR, and Don Stechschulte, director of the Student Health Services, who has participated in every Brigade trip.

Other students are seniors Graham Bippart, Blackfoot, Idaho; Matt Capece, Bowie, Md.; Andrew Chahrour, Loveland, Ohio; Aurora Delgado-Poust, Lewisburg; Kelly Ferroni, Gradyville; Ken Greenbaum, Old Bethpage, N.Y.; Lisa Marks, Seattle, Wash.; Bobby Needleman, Cape Elizabeth, Maine; Andrew Trese, Athens, Ohio; Emily Yoder, Monroe, Conn.; and Teal Zeisler, Coatesville; juniors Dan Lavy (who transferred to Bucknell from Tulane University) and Jitu Patel, Scranton; sophomores Nicole Bojanowski, East Aurora, N.Y.; and Alexandra Madsen, Clayton, Calif.; and first-year students Jennifer Byers, St. Charles, Ill.; Emily Kantoff, Needham, Mass.; and Joey Ross, Dublin, Ohio.

More information may be found online at http://www.bucknell.edu/Brigade/

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Story posted Jan. 7, 2006

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