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SU CASA Honored With Two National Awards

Feb. 19, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – The Susquehanna University Central America Service Adventure (SU CASA) has received two awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the preeminent national organization for student affairs in higher education.

The first is the International Best Practice Award for Student Philanthropy, which recognizes internationally based programming sponsored by higher education institutions. The second is the Bronze Award for Excellence, which identifies SU CASA as one of the top three programs in the country in the category of Careers, Academic Support, Service Learning and Community Service. The awards will be presented in March at NASPA's national conference in Boston.

Since the program's inception in January 1999, more than 240 members of the Susquehanna University community have studied and served with congregations, agencies and residents of impoverished Nicaraguan and Costa Rican communities. Teams have delivered a combined total of more than $350,000 in materials and cash gifts, and contributed at least 10,900 hours of volunteer labor.

Led by the Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain, these annual trips are marked by service, academic learning and reflection. The academic topic, “Images of Jesus in Central America,” is examined through service to those in need.

“It is important to remember that the service flows both ways,” Radecke says. “We are the strangers who our Central American friends welcome. They are our partners and collaborators as together we seek to serve Christ by serving those in need in their countries.”

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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