Two years in a row, Unseld spent her spring break working at L'Arche in Clinton, IA. L'Arche is an agency that serves people who are mentally handicapped.
Throughout the week, Unseld and her group from USD's Newman Center washed windows and did some painting in the housing units.�In addition, they cooked meals and played games with the residents.����
Unseld is a business management major at USD.� However, her experiences from L'Arche have given her career a little more direction.� Unseld said, "Although I m a business management major, I will probably go into occupational therapy so I can work with people who have mental disabilities.�I am also considering the career possibilities in non-profit administration and management."
Matt Ernst, an AmeriCorps VISTA member working in the SAO, said Unseld was an excellent choice for the November Featured Student.�
"Jennifer is a perfect example of why community service is so important. The purpose of community service shouldn't be to just feel good about yourself afterwards.� We want students to recognize what they can personally do to confront the issues they experience. As a result of working at L'Arche, Jennifer now recognizes that she can use her business management skills to benefit people with disabilities. Without this experience, she may not have ever considered the opportunities in the non-profit sector."
As part of the award, Jennifer is currently being featured on the SAO Web site, located at www.usd.edu/sao under "Featured Student".� She will also be recognized at an awards banquet in the spring.
The Student Action Office is the academic engagement center at USD. It is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education.�