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Alfred University students, faculty travel to Haiti for water well project
3/10/17

Alfred University students and faculty at the dedication of a water well in Haiti

Alfred University students and faculty at the dedication of a water well in Haiti

They are volunteering on behalf of the Water for Haiti Fundraiser, spearheaded by Alfred University Environmental Studies Professor Michele Hluchy, whose Water Planet students, working within the First Year Experience Program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were successful in raising $15,000 for Haiti Outreach to drill a well in a rural community.

While in Haiti, the Alfred University students and faculty have tour well drilling operations, observed well management committee meetings, assisted with various operational tasks, and attended the inauguration of the well.  The group is learning about sustainable development, rural justice, and the profound impact of clean water on daily life.  Visits to an orphanage, school and church have provided additional opportunities to learn about the culture of Haiti and to interact with resident.

Participants include Megan Alper (Business Administration), Grace Beekman (Psychology), Keely McGowan (French & Interdisciplinary Art), Shavonne Noble (MBA),  Olivia Slahta (Art & Design), Justin Williams (Biology), Dr. Cecilia Beach (Professor of  French), Dr. Cheryld Emmons (Professor of Biology) and Dr. Nancy Evangelista (Dean, College of Professional Studies).