Alternative Break Opportunities

What are YOU doing for Spring Break?

ALTERNATIVE BREAK 2015 is back from Colorado!

This year Alternative Spring Break took eight students to Denver, Colorado to volunteer with the community! 

We spent a week volunteering at the Center of Hope, Denver Inner City Parish and the Denver Food Bank of the Rockies! 

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What is Alternative Break?

Meet the 2015 Alternative Break Team!

The goal of the Alternative Break Program is to give students a chance to have a positive impact on another community through hands-on-service projects. You can help be a part of the solution!

Every year the LIVE Program takes a group of students on a different type of service-learning trip. Check out the side bar to look at our past trips!

Meet the 2014 Alternative Break Team!

Josh Hovis, Advisor

Josh began his life at Wood Center as a rabid volunteer in the Student Activities Office and as a member of the Nanook Traditions Board. After graduating with a double major in Sociology and Fun he joined the Wood Center staff in September of 2011 as the Student Organizations Coordinator and couldn't be happier. Working with clubs and organizations gives him an outlet for his energy and passion. He has spent almost every winter in Alaska and most summers somewhere else journeying and adventuring the world. Although he doesn't keep candy in his office, he'll help you raid the other Wood Center offices in hunt of your favorite treat. 

Lakeidra Chavis, Team Co-Lead

Salut! My name is Lakeidra Chavis and I am currently a junior studying Psychology, with minors in French and Journalism. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Sun Star. I’m from a small southern town in Arkansas and I’ve lived in AK for three years. Between AR and AK, I’ve lived in more than 8 places and have attended more than 8 schools—from Texas to Germany. I’m excited to be a part of the AB team this year! Volunteering is fun, crazy and amazing! It’s nice to get perspective—that’s not something you can learn in a one hour class three days a week. In my spare time I like to snowboard, read, cook, write and watch movies 

Brandy Flores, Team Co-Lead

Brandy is a senior in her third year at UAF. She is pursuing a double degree; a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages (Spanish and German) and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management. She is also the president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance on Campus (GSA) and is an Orientation Leader. Brandy also loves to travel because of the opportunity to learn about cultures different than her own and hopes you will help the 2014 Alternative Spring Break Team help others! "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not." - The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Gary Cheung

Team Member

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Emergency Management
Participating in: SCAF, EPA Rainworks Challenge, Alaska Space Grant
Work Experience: Physics Tutor (SUNY Stony Brook), Generator Mechanic (Army)
Hometown: Huntington, NY
A Handful of Random Things I Like: Sci fi, coffee makers, duplex copiers, pockets, flashlights.
A Handful of Random Things I Dislike: Telephones, flip-flops, horses, cows, revolving doors

Lida Zakurdaew, Team Member

Hello! My name is Lida and I hail from Anchorage, AK. I am currently in my second year here at UAF as a math and foreign languages major. I love UAF because there are just so many opportunities to get involved with the community here, and I got involved right away. Currently, I am a Student Ambassador, a Peer Mentor for the EDGE program and also the Vice President of Fellowship for the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. When I'm not studying or serving in the community, I love to rock climb, do acrobatics and eat good food. Especially falafel and thai! I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to serve in Colorado on Alternative Break with this awesome group of people!

Moriah Hunstiger, Team Member

Hi, my name is Moriah Hunstiger. I am currently a Senior at UAF. I am earning a dual major in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. I really enjoy traveling and spent the fall semester of 2014 studying in Australia. I have been on two previous ASB trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. I was also an international student volunteer in South Africa for one month at the De Wildlt Cheetah Preserve. I am also a member of the UAF honors society. I enjoy reading, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.

Bryan Clements, Team Member

I am a senior here at UAF pursuing two bachelor degrees: the first in Biological Sciences and the second in Foreign Language. I was raised as a military brat so I had the pleasure of traveling all over the U.S as a child. However, Alaska has been my home for past 10 years and I really love it here. After completing my undergraduate studies, I hope to matriculate into medical school and eventually return to the Fairbanks community to practice medicine. I'm really excited for Alternative Spring Break because it provides a unique outreach opportunity to help a different community in need!

Joey Bishop, Team Member

I am a music education major studying voice under Dr. Celaire. I enjoy all kinds of music but my favorite is classical because of how intricate it is. I also enjoy rap and hip hop. Fun fact: "My anaconda don't-"
I am originally from Sterling, Alaska, down on the peninsula. I have a family of two sister, a brother, a mother, a father, a dog, and a dead horse. Fun fact: I am the youngest in my family and the first to go to college.
On my off time I enjoy reading, hiking, running, jumping, skiing, and just relaxing 8 hour long game sessions with some friends. Fun fact: pokemon is a favorite of mine.
My favorite thing about college is the very fact that I am here. I am here working towards my goal with hundreds of other people also working toward their dreams. I sometimes get a little depressed because I'm just not where I wanna be but you have to keep in mind the big picture and what you've done. Even in a short time like three years or something. 

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