March 11, 2011

Spring Break with a Purpose

Next week is spring break at UT—and many of our students, faculty, and staff will take advantage of the week for travel, research, writing, or studying. For those of you traveling, I wish you a safe and happy break. Be careful, and check the State Department website if you’re traveling outside the U.S. And take a few moments to review UT Police Department’s informative spring break tips on the Campus Watch email newsletter.

But not everyone will be traveling for leisure or to see family.  Some of our students, faculty, and staff will be traveling in order to perform service projects.

McCombs Leadership Program

One such group is embarking on a business service learning project in Belize.  Nineteen McCombs School students, mostly seniors, will spend spring break at a Belizean vocational school helping local students prepare business plans.  At the end of the week, the local students will present their ideas to the Belize Youth Business Trust. The best presenters will receive micro-loans to start their own businesses in trades such as masonry, electrical work, and carpentry.

Volunteer Logos

In addition, our students will be spending the coming week performing service projects across the nation. Coordinated by the Alternative Spring Break student organization, 23 UT students are heading to Jacksonville, Florida, to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, 11 are going to New Orleans to help Teach for America, and 10 will be in Chicago, also on behalf of Teach for America. I’m proud of these and the many other Longhorns who are devoting their spring break to making the world a better place.

Have a great week, and be safe!

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3 Responses to “Spring Break with a Purpose”

  1. Argus says:

    Mr. President,

    What (if anything) can we do to help the Japanese in this time of great need?

    Thank you.

  2. Peter says:

    There are also about 50 UT students down in South Padre serving the students there by giving them free pancakes and safe van rides!

  3. Stella says:

    Staff? Staff don’t get Spring Break.