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UT Student Receives State Service Award

Published: February 05, 2010
University of Tampa senior Hannah Duprey recently received the 2009 Excellence in Service Award from the Florida Campus Compact.

The 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.

Duprey, 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 coordinator.

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.