D-Term is the three-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when students can engage in a variety of activities, including academic research, independent study, international travel and study, service at home and abroad, coursework, work at a campus or off-campus job, and rehearsals for theatre productions. Some opportunities involve faculty and staff too.
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Future posts will detail the variety of activities. Featured here are three service opportunities taking place through the Office of Ministry and Service.
• Haiti, Nov. 27-Dec. 7
: Seven students and one faculty member, Jamie Walden-Mather, lecturer of human thought and behavior, return to Haiti to work with Mission of Hope, tackling work projects and reaching out to children in the organization's orphanage, school and church.
• Appalachia Service Project to Jonesville, VA, Nov. 28-Dec. 5
: 30 students and six staff members, including Rev. Lynn Pries, campus chaplain; Peter Paquette, director of residence life; Jen DuFore, assistant director of student involvement and coordinator of orientation; Ebony Jones, area hall director, Rall/Geiger Residence Halls; Brian Rainville, area hall director, Res/Rec Center Residence Hall; and Tim Brown, transfer admission counselor, will work to make homes warmer, safer and drier.
• Tutoring in Aurora, Thursdays during D-Term
: Student volunteers in the campus service club Uncommon Life Movement will travel to Aurora to tutor refugee children as part of World Relief's Reading Club. Members of the campus community are invited to join them. If interested, sign up at the WAC front desk.