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U.Va. Students Head In Diverse Directions During Spring Break

March 9, 2001-- From now until March 18, many University of Virginia students will sidestep the traditional "fun in the sun" spring-break traditions in favor of service projects and career building.

The "Alternative Spring Break" program takes students far from beach revelry into pockets of human need and environmental trouble. During this year's break, about 70 students will participate in one of five service projects. They include doing carpentry work for low-income elderly people in Pennsylvania, tutoring children of the Navajo nation in Arizona, and working to alleviate ecological problems caused by a drained lake in North Carolina.

About 125 other students will participate in the EXTERN program, a week-long job-shadowing opportunity that provides valuable insights into the daily operations of businesses. Past EXTERNs have worked at such varied placements as Mademoiselle magazine, the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Merrill Lynch.

Of course, many students still head for the beach. STA Travel, which has an office on-Grounds, lists the top four spring break destinations for U.Va. students as Mexico, Jamaica, Florida and the Bahamas.

Contact: Jessica Tyree, (804) 924-7116

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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