Published: Feb 5, 2010
University of Tampa senior Hannah Duprey recently received the 2009
Excellence in Service Award from the Florida Campus Compact.
award honors three of Florida’s most dedicated student service scholars
who are making a positive impact through their contribution of service.
Duprey, who is co-coordinator of UT’s student volunteer center and
organizes UT’s Alternative Breaks Program, was selected as the recipient
in the private college/university sector. Florida Campus Compact is a
coalition of more than 50 colleges and universities committed to
promoting community service, service-learning and civic engagement.
of Belleville, Ill., is majoring in government and world affairs and
international studies. Duprey has worked in the PEACE (People Exploring
Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center for two years, first as
an alternative breaks coordinator and now as the head alternative breaks
UT’s Alternative Breaks Program offers students
the opportunity to travel outside the Tampa Bay area to serve those in
need. The trips address issues of terminal illness, homelessness,
hurricane relief and sustainability, and take place during weekends,
winter break, spring break and the summer.
In 2008, Duprey
participated in the Alternative Spring Break to New Orleans to work on
Hurricane Katrina relief. As an alternative breaks coordinator, Duprey
coordinated six alternative breaks, including an international
alternative break to volunteer with an agency called Orphanage Outreach
in the Dominican Republic.
This year, as head alternative breaks
coordinator, Duprey is responsible for the implementation of eight
trips, including a February weekend trip to the nonprofit Jungle Friends
Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville and an international alternative break
to Peru in May.
Upon graduation, Duprey plans to work for the U.S. National Park Service.