Whether teaching her second-grade class in south-central Pennsylvania or delivering new books to some of the poorest regions of Peru, Emily (Hutchison) Trace ’10 has a passion for helping children learn. Trace is the co-founder of Project Open Arms (POA), a nonprofit organization based in Chambersburg, that provides resources and volunteers for schools in the world’s poorest countries. The organization places special emphasis on Peru.
Just weeks after receiving her diploma from Ship, Sarah Komisar found herself on the other side of the country picking berries in Alaska.
When Komisar graduated in 2014, she was ready to apply her geoenvironmental studies degree, but she didn’t flood job sites with her resume. Instead, she looked to service as a way to diversify her skills.
The best part of Chris Wonders’ job as director of the Institute for Public Service is collaborating with faculty, students, administrators, and staff to develop and find funding for new ideas. “It’s fun to take someone’s big, somewhat vague idea and help them see what that would look like in reality,” he said.