Monday, August 24, 2009

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

With our last semester of classes now underway (woo-hoo!), I wanted to give you all a quick update on how the Class of 2010 has spent our time since the summer term ended.

The Intramural 5-on-5 Soccer team, led by a balanced scoring attack throughout the tournament, won the Summer Competitive League Championship with a 4-1 victory in the title game. This is the third championship won to-date by members of the 2010 class, with previous titles earned in baseball and women's basketball. In our downtime away from class, we found time for some relaxation, the celebration of several of our summer birthdays, and time home to see family and friends.

A group of 10 DeVos students made a week-long trip to Toronto and New York City. Based upon all of the stories and laughs that have been shared since this group got back to Florida, it is evident that a good time was had by all. Some highlights of the trip included visits to the home ballparks for the Blue Jays and Yankees, informational interviews at Madison Square Garden, Canadian theme parks and all of the notable NYC tourist attractions.

We concluded our summer vacation with a return trip to New Orleans to assist with Hope For Stanley in rebuilding homes in the Lower Ninth. Much of our time was spent working with the St. Bernard Project, an outstanding New Orelans based group that was honored this past year when its founder Liz McCarthy was named the CNN Hero of the Year. Our class did everything from installing insulation, hanging drywall, mold remediation, mudding, painting, sanding and perofrming the final touches on homes for residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Additionally, the DeVos Program welcomed the new Class of 2011 on their first trip to New Orleans. The new class is a great group and we look forward to getting to know them better and helping to set them up for success in our final months in DeVos. Expect to see new postings soon that will introduce the new class and detail their unique experiences as they begin their graduate studies.

That's all for now, back to the books. Take care and enjoy the day.


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