Huntingdon Students Participate in Coastal Cleanup
Montgomery, Ala. — Three Huntingdon College student groups will head to the Gulf Coast September 17-18 to participate in the 23rd Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup. Members of Huntingdon's Commuter Student Organization (CSO) and the college's Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society in the traditional day program will be joined by members of Huntingdon's Adult Degree Completion Program-Baldwin County site. Their assigned cleanup area is the Causeway site near Battleship Park.
The Alabama Coastal Cleanup is coordinated through the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division, and People Against a Littered State (PALS). Since 1987, 58,000 volunteers have removed more than 1.1 million pounds of debris and cleaned 3,500 miles of Alabama coastline n the annual cleanup event. According to the organization's Web site, the mission of the Alabama Coastal Cleanup is to provide an educational experience through the removal of marine debris from the shoreline of Alabama. The Cleanup will only focus on the removal of non-oiled marine debris and litter.
Emily Cosgrove, director of Huntingdon's Center for Career and Vocation and coordinator of the CSO, participated in the Coastal Clean-up Project when she was in high school. A native of Daphne, Alabama, Cosgrove says she thought the project would be a great fit for Huntingdon's service-minded students. "Coastal Clean-up provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to live out Huntingdon's call to service," says Cosgrove. "By participating in this overnight event, our students will be part of the solution to some of the damage that is suffered by the Gulf Coast every year--even in years when there is no oil spill with which to contend. As such, students can be stewards to a community that is, for most of them, not their own, but one that definitely affects our way of life. I'm thrilled that such a great group has chosen to participate."
According to college spokesperson Su Ofe, the project is one of only a few long-distance service opportunities in which students participate, and is unusual in that it will combine the efforts of day and evening degree completion students, who normally do not interact. "Not only will our students be serving our state in meaningful ways, they will also be able to learn from and about each other," says Ofe. "Uniting the programs for the benefit of a common cause is good for everyone."
Students from the main campus will leave at 4:00 p.m. September 17 and return at 4:00 p.m. September 18.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.