Thirty graduate students in Mercyhurst University’s Applied Intelligence Program put their studies aside for two days recently to help build a home for a local family through the Greater Erie Area Habitat for Humanity.
The students volunteered at a build at 1416 E. 7th St. for two days in April, according to Dawn Wozneak, graduate program director. The group included Karl Ludwig, Laura Suprock, Sara Marinello, Ashley Smyk, Emily Slegel, Karl Gustafson, Alexandra Scott, Gregory Marchwinski II, Nicholas Rainho, Nicholas Walker, Mary Kate Daley, Ana Barbic, Nuwanti Liyanage, Daniel Pearson, Lina Kultasova, Christian Pelfrey, Justine Chopp, Veronica Liwak, Hailey McCall, Therese Couture, Madisyn Moore, Olivia Bizovi, Courtney Anderton, Cori James, Chip Buckley, Olga Bugera, Chad Los Schumacher, David Krauza, Nicole Brabec and Lisandra Maisonet-Montanez.
Wozneak said more than half of the Erie program’s 47 grad students participated in the service project. More importantly, she said, they actually initiated it.
“We are very pleased that these students, many of whom are not from the Erie area, took the time to give back to the Erie community in this way,” Wozneak said. “The applied intelligence graduate program is typically not known around campus for service events, but our students are instilled with a strong sense of service to their nation and we are proud that they took the time to contribute as a group on behalf of the Institute for Intelligence Studies.”
It is efforts like these that have consistently found Mercyhurst University on the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and this year is no exception. The honor roll represents the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.
Last year, for example, the Mercyhurst community contributed approximately 39,000 hours of outreach to the community by helping with local volunteer efforts and by supporting nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity.