February 6, 2007

Purdue's dean of students office volunteers for Habitat

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Administrators and staff from Purdue's Office of the Dean of Students will volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity work site on Saturday (Feb. 10) as part of the third annual Share the Love community action day sponsored by the Boiler Volunteer Network.

Dean of Students L. Tony Hawkins will lead a group of 12 volunteers from his office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1113 Weaver Court in Lafayette. They will represent just a small part of the expected 100 volunteers from Purdue who will be giving their time on other projects throughout the Greater Lafayette area.

"As administrators, we stress the importance of community service as part of the overall educational experience at Purdue," said Pablo Malavenda, associate dean of students. "By joining the students in volunteer projects, the Office of the Dean of Students staff hopes to show them that community service is vital throughout their entire lives."

Among the staff members volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity house will be Hawkins; Malavenda; Heather Stout, associate dean of students for adaptive programs; Harry Brown, assistant dean of students and director of the Boiler Volunteer Network; Jason Casares, assistant dean of students; Kyle Pendleton, assistant dean of students for Greek life; Dorothy Jones, science and technology coordinator for HORIZONS; Steve Holtsclaw, president of the Interfraternity Council; Matt Callis, graduate administrative professional for Student Activities and Organizations; and Colleen Drazen, graduate administrative professional for Greek Life.

Systems administrator Kevin Loeffler and Braille text transcriptionist Laurie Clark from TAEVIS or Tactile Access to Education for Visually Impaired Students and members of Purdue's Habitat for Humanity student organization also will volunteer at the house.

Along with the Habitat volunteers, students will volunteer during the morning with five other community partners: Trinity Mission, Columbian Park Zoo, Mental Health Association in Tippecanoe County, the Hanna Community Center and Digby House.

Boiler Blast, the next community action day for the Boiler Volunteer Network, will take place on March 31. Last year, more than 1,100 students volunteered during the Boiler Blast, a day when students team with West Lafayette for the city's neighborhood clean-up project, Clean Sweep.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Sources: Pablo Malavenda, (765) 494-1232, pablo@purdue.edu

Harry Brown, (765) 496-2453, hebrown@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Related Web site:
Boiler Volunteer Network: http://www.purdue.edu/odos/sao/bvn/

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