Southeast Students to Make Service the Hallmark of Their Spring Break


COSTA-ConstructionManagement-HumaneSocietyICUProjectCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 1, 2016 – A campus organization at Southeast Missouri State University is providing an opportunity for students to spend their time serving others while traveling to a new city during spring break this month.

Southeast Serves, a program that provides students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to engage in community service on- and off-campus, is planning their first alternative spring break in Pontotoc, Mississippi. They plan to take about 10 students to work with Habitat for Humanity March 11-15., where they will work on two houses, one needing indoor work and other requiring outdoor work.

Joanna Shaver, advisor to Southeast Serves, said “Movies and television portray spring break as a time to party and go to the beach. Alternative Spring Break trips show that there are other wonderful ways to take breaks from school work.”

Pamela Avila of St. Charles, Missouri, is the graduate assistant coordinating the trip for Southeast Serves. She says she’s excited about Southeast Serves first alternative spring break because it is open to anyone on campus, and there is a wide range of students planning to participate.

Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge is a program that offers alternative breaks year-round and pairs universities with host sites. They are working with Southeast Serves to provide lodging for the volunteers while they are there.

“Students just have to be open to a weekend of serving others and how they can make an impact,” Avila said.

Students and staff can get involved by visiting, where they may register for projects.  They may also call (573) 651-2280 or email