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PRESIDENT ANDREWS AND STUDENTS HEAD TO GULFPORT

March 17, 2006

MOREHEAD, Ky.---Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews is making sure that his bags are packed. You see, Dr. Andrews and a few friends are heading South for spring break.

But, he’s not heading to the beach like most.

Dr. Andrews and more than 125 students, faculty and staff will travel to Gulfport, Miss., for volunteer work. The MSU group will be working in general construction, rebuilding and clean up in the city of Gulfport and the surrounding area.

“I am really excited about the possibility of bringing a hammer and saw and not having to deal with paperwork for a week,” said Dr. Andrews when he announced the trip. “I hope those of you who are going with us will return with a personal commitment to service learning and to volunteerism.”

The crew’s focus will be toward service to those directly affected by the hurricane and learning the needs that have been created by these recent natural disasters.

Morehead State has received numerous donations in preparations for the trip.

According to Al Baldwin, assistant to the provost, many faculty and staff members have helped with gifts of support. He also said that the Spring Gala and Student Government Association each have chipped in $5,000 while Wal-Mart of Morehead gave $1,000.

Harold White Millworks of Morehead donated wood products in the range of $15,000 while Lowe’s of Morehead gave hand tools; Trane of Lexington provided work gloves for everyone; Vallen Sheridan Safety Supply of Dayton, Ohio, donated ear plugs; and Trent Hamilton of Hamilton Beverage in Morehead, gave bottled water.  The First Christian Church of Morehead and Johnson Church of God will serve breakfast prior to departure on Sunday morning.

The accommodations and food for the trip are being supplied by the North Carolina Baptist Men who have committed to house, feed and coordinate job assignments for the next two years in the Gulf Coast area.  The MSU entourage will be housed in an old armory where the rooms have 10 to 20 bunk beds each.

The Office of the President, Office of Student Activities, and Student Government Association are sponsoring the trip.

Additional information is available from Gerome Stephens, MSU student activities coordinator, by calling (606) 783-2071; by e-mail to g.stephens@moreheadstate.edu; or by visiting the Morehead State Spring Break: Spring Back Web page at www2.moreheadstate.edu/springbreak/.