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Senior Carpentry Students Spend “Semester in the South”

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In a new take on study abroad, Alfred State College senior carpentry students enrolled in the College’s Building Trades programs embarked on a “Semester in the South” where they will use the skills they acquired during their first year of study to help rebuild two cities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina five years ago: New Orleans, LA, and Bay St. Louis, MS. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Norm Ellis, and in conjunction with the Episcopal Diocese in the 7th Ward, New Orleans, and Habitat for Humanity in Bay St. Louis, 14 students will spend the next 15 weeks sawing, hammering, and building houses for those who continue to be displaced by the storm. Pictured here, getting ready to hit the ground running are, l-r: Doug Baker, Mt. Morris; Adam Pezzulo, Mayville; Jim Battaglini, Vestal; Andrew Catlin, Webster; Brianna Gerwitz, West Valley; College President Dr. John M. Anderson, (wishing them bon voyage though he will join them in about a month to lend a hand!) Ellis in the driver’s seat; Marty Huber, Orchard Park; Nick Tier, Dryden; Evan Sheffer, Albion; Laura Vanhorn, Cato; Nate Smalt, Savona; Kris Carlson, Lakewood; Eddie Sparks, Millport; and Jake Schreppel, Beaver Dams, giving the “thumbs up.”

Watch the Semester in the South video.