Spring Break Features “Alternative” Experience for Students

Submitted by Web Communications on March 22, 2012

Spring break on the campus of Fairfield University offers a multitude of experiences for students.  High on the list of destinations are the annual “Alternative Spring Break Experiences” offered through the University’s Campus Ministry Program.  This year students chose from the Rural Renewal (Christian Appalachian Project) in Kentucky, Urban Plunge in Washington, D.C.,The Parks Project in Virginia and the Native American Mission in Maine, and for the first time an immersion trip to Belize in Central America.

Students in several service learning courses also traveled domestically and internationally. Peace and Justice Studies students worked in New Orleans, the School of Nursing took Public Health students to Nicarauga, and students in the JUHAN leadership program traveled to Joplin, Missouri.

At the same time, a group of 120 members of the Fairfield Glee Club spent their break performing in Italy. During the 9 day tour, the group sang at a late afternoon mass at the Vatican.  While in Rome, they enjoyed a guided sightseeing tour of Vatican City including a visit to the Vatican Museums; the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.  The group also traveled to Naples and while there, performed in the small town of Possillipo at a Jesuit Seminary.  Their final performance was  in Piano de Sorrento at a middle school known for its outstanding music program.

Established in 1947, the Glee Club is the oldest and largest student group on campus with 120 members this year.  Delighting the Fairfield community as well as audiences around the world for 65 years, the Glee Club is a Fairfield tradition and point of pride for many alumni, current students, and fans. This year, all will be welcome to reminisce at the 65th Glee Club Anniversary celebration on April 21, 2012, when they will be performing the Father Murray/Simon Harak Memorial Concert at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus.

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