Wingate University students participate in Alternative Spring Break trips

Students help Second Harvest Food Bank in Savannah, Ga.
Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC –During Wingate University's spring break, instead of taking the traditional beach trip, 39students and staff participated in four different trips for alternative spring breaks (ASB). The four groups, organized through Wingate University’s Office of Service Initiatives, spent their spring break week serving others.

In Ocala and Eustis, Fla. groups worked with Habitat for Humanity. One group traveled to Wilmington, N.C. to work with the North Carolina Coastal Federation cleaning reefs. Another group of students worked with Second Harvest Food Bank in Savannah, Ga.

“Students walked away from their Alternative Spring Break trip with a new perspective, no matter how small, on their life in North Carolina. Many eyes were opened to how fortunate they are to have a solid roof over their head and a plethora of dining options at their disposal,” said Lauren Marin, director of community service initiatives. “It is always amazing to see how many students are interested in giving up their traditional spring break to something like this, but I believe it is also an inclination to the caliber of students Wingate University attracts.”

For the fourth year in a row, Wingate University was awarded the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. Wingate students logged more than 15,000 hours of community service in 2011.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to