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 will retreat to a local campground, where activities could include a ropes course, forestry cleanup and serving dinner at a local shelter.
Service Plunge 2.0 Facilitator Applications
Scheduled for April 4-6, 2014, Service Plunge 2.0 will provide students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through active experiences. "Plungees" will learn the importance of service, social justice and civic engagement through active experiences. They will also meet community needs, identify and build upon community assets, and bring back their experiences to the campus community to share.
Strong leadership skills, the ability to work well with others, and a commitment to service are essential characteristics for facilitators.
Salve Regina operates under a substance-free policy. No alcohol or illegal drugs of any kind are allowed on the trip, including travel to and from the service site(s). Facilitators' support of substance-free space is essential for a safe and socially aware experience for all participants.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.
The selection process includes the online application, a resume and a 10- to 15-minute interview with Kelly Powers, director of community service, Kathleen Rendos from AmeriCorps Vista, or Kayley Robsham, graduate intern.
Interviews will be held Oct. 21-29. Applicants will receive an email for an interview time after the application has been submitted.
Service Plunge Facilitators
Anamaria Arteaga '16
Major: Psychology and religious and theological studies
Arteaga is a work-study student in the McKillop Library and an AmeriCorps Scholarships for Service volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, where she runs the Mission Possible teen mentoring program and the L.E.A.D. club. She is also involved with the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life's Mercy in Motion program. Arteaga lives by the quote "If you are not making someone else's life better, then you are wasting your time."
Natalie Grosso '15
Grosso is a work-study student in the Office of Community Service and an active member of the Multicultural Student Organization. She spoke on the topic of socioeconomic and financial status during Salve Regina's Hour to Empower event. Some of Grosso's favorite community partners are Rebuilding Together and the Village House nursing and rehabilitation center. She participated in the Service Plunge 2.0 during the spring 2013 semester.
Brandon Harrington '16
Major: English literature and philosophy
Harrington is a work-study student in the Miley cafeteria and serves as president of the Philosophy Club and treasurer of the Film Club. He is involved in several projects aimed at building opportunities for student artists on campus. Harrington's favorite volunteer sites include environmental cleanups and Ballard Park. He participated in the 2012 Service Plunge and was a junior facilitator for the Service Plunge 2.0 during the spring 2013 semester.
Sarah Lavallee '16
Major: Elementary and special education
Lavallee is a Resident Advisor and an AmeriCorps Scholarships for Service volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, where she runs the Mission Possible teen mentoring program and the L.E.A.D. club. She is actively involved with SRU Dance. She participated in the 2012 Service Plunge and was a junior facilitator for the Service Plunge 2.0 during the spring 2013 semester.
Christine Ortiz '15
Major: Biology, minor in chemistry
Ortiz currently works in a research lab for the Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. She is actively involved with the Pre-Med Club, Salve Super Fans and the Multicultural Student Organization. One of Ortiz's favorite volunteer sites is the Newport Hospital emergency department. She was a junior facilitator for the Service Plunge 2.0 during the spring 2013 semester.
Joseph Santa Maria '16
A member of the Alliance, Santa Maria volunteers at Child & Family and with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County's Mission Possible program. He participated in the 2012 Service Plunge and the Service Plunge 2.0 during the spring 2013 semester.