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Students take alternative spring break trip

March 14, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, IL – In honor of March as National Social Work Month, four students from MacMurray’s Social Work Program took a three-day alternative spring break trip to St. Louis.

From Mar. 5-7, MacMurray College partnered with Centenary Methodist Church in St. Louis, which runs a shelter and social services center for the homeless called, “The Bridge.” Social work students spent a majority of the trip helping prepare food, serve meals to the homeless, study social service delivery and discuss social justice issues.

The students also visited a master’s in social work program, attended a presentation by a formerly incarcerated woman and her social worker, and met with a social worker from Beardstown who now practices in St. Louis.

Joseph Squillace, MSW, assistant professor of Social Work and director of the Social Work Program who also went on the trip, said, “A quality social work education at MacMurray involves taking what is learned in the classroom and applying it through hands-on service learning. The spring break trip allows for the integration of knowledge, service and faith.”

Students attending the trip were Kady Kroeschel of Medora, Ashley Sanders of Jacksonville, Bambi Mathenia of Carrollton, and Stacia Surratt of Jacksonville. This was the Social Work Program’s first alternative spring break trip. The department is hoping to make this an annual trip, with a different destination each year for students.  

Pictured left to right: Joseph Squillace, Ashley Sanders, Bambi Mathenia, Stacia Surratt and Kady Kroeschel.

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