The Service Plunge provides a select group of first-year students with the opportunity to create lasting bonds throughout their college career by participating in service projects, team-building experiences and leadership development activities.
A yearlong commitment, the Service Plunge begins with a month-long "Get to Know Newport" experience, which includes one service or social activity each week. During Columbus Day weekend, students retreat to a local campground, where activities could include a ropes course, forestry cleanup and serving dinner at a local shelter.
Service Plunge Facilitators
Andy Cirioli' 17
Major: History and Political Science
Andy is a FYT Mentor who also serves as the Treasurer of the Student Government Association and the Secretary for the Campus Activities Board. He participated in Stay Break 2014 and currently participates in the Seahawks for Service Scholarship Program where he volunteers at The Norman Bird Sanctuary. In high school, Andy completed over 400 hours of community service, and is trying to continue his service experience at Salve Regina.
Olivia Sherman ‘18
Olivia is a work study at the Phonathon and she participated in the 2014 service plunge. She is a member of the student pre-med club and best buddies. In high school, she completed many service hours including coaching little league softball, volunteering in a local hospital, and helping as a counselor at a camp for terminally ill children and families. Olivia wants to continue to help by doing service in the Salve Regina community through the Service Plunges.
GinaMarie Tonini '17
Major: Business Administration and Psychology
Gina is a Resident Advisor on campus as well as a Senator for the Student Government Association and Concerts Director for the Campus Activities Board. In addition, Gina is a part of the Seahawks for Service Scholarship program at Salve. She completes her service hours at Child and Family. Her experience as a leader on past service trips and volunteer work have shaped her decision to become a facilitator.
Connor Sullivan ’16
Major: Accounting and business administration minor.
Connor is currently working at a local law firm in Newport, Bardorf & Bardorf, PC, as a bookkeeper. Also, he tutors accounting students at the Academic Center for Excellence. Connor has done many hours of volunteer work with the service plunge, and has volunteered as a tax preparer with the AARP helping lower-class citizens file returns. He loves to give back to the community and help those in need and is especially conscious of the increasing amount of poverty in America, a problem that must be fixed. For the future, he is working his way towards becoming a tax lawyer and may possibly look at running for congress or governor of Massachusetts.
Juan Roldán ‘16
Major: Global Business & Economics
Juan Roldán is currently involved in Seahawks for Service, volunteering as a Marketing Assistant at Norman Bird Sanctuary. He is a second year Resident Assistant and the current treasurer for Spanish Club and Film Production Club. In the past, he has also participated as President of the Multicultural Student Organization and has done service with Bike Newport and Ballard’s Park. Juan looks forward to giving back to the community and making lasting memories with the members of the upcoming Service Plunge.
Rosa Brito ‘18
Rosa is a work study for Sodexo and also volunteers for the Multicultural Office. She is extremely involved in both the Empowerment Club and Multicultural Club. Rosa is from the Dominican Republic and is excited to be a facilitator for Service Plunge 2.0. Her future goals are to graduate college and love whatever it is that I she ends up doing while helping people and her family.