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SCU alumni ring in the new year helping those in need in New Orleans

Santa Clara, Calif.– Jan. 3, 2007. Santa Clara University’s 125-year-old Alumni Association embarked on its first immersion trip this winter—and in doing so, the group was the first Jesuit alumni association to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In January, 34 alumni representing classes 1958 through 2006 spent five days in New Orleans cleaning up, tearing down, and doing whatever else needed to be done to help rebuild the city.

“It’s amazing to see the energy of the alumni, spanning generations and coming from different parts of the country to participate in our first immersion trip. Older folks learn from younger folks, and younger folks learn from older folks,” said Mary Smoker, assistant director of the Alumni Association’s community service and spiritual programs.

SCU alumni were not the only ones giving up precious vacation time to lend a helping hand in the Big Easy this holiday season. Fourteen undergraduate students spent part of their winter break helping with the cleanup efforts, as well. SCU student groups have been participating in immersion trips to New Orleans since last January.

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<p>SCU alumni working in New Orleans.</p>

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