USD frosh from Vermillion
to participate in AWOL trip VERMILLION – Alexa Walker, freshman at The University of South Dakota, will engage in service in East St. Louis, Ill., during an Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning (AWOL) through USD's Center for Academic Engagement (CAE). AWOL provides an opportunity for students to participate in service-learning during academic breaks rather than going home or on vacation. Walker of Vermillion will travel with eight other students and a staff member during spring break to work with elementary school students, homelessness and poverty. The goal of the program is to excite students about community service, encourage them to implement service into day-to-day lives and relate service-learning to classroom curriculum. This is AWOL's sixth year at USD. Fewer than 50 students were chosen from more than 100 applicants to participate in this year's program. Additional groups of students will engage in service in Eagle Butte, S.D., San Francisco, Calif., and Staten Island, N.Y. Prior to departure, students participate in six weeks of educational training. Students participate in individual and group fundraisers to defray overall expenditures. More information about AWOL is available at www.usd.edu/engage/alternative-breaks.