ABST Dinner with Alumni & Students
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ABST Dinner with Alumni & Students

Please join us for a special dinner with Gannon students who are traveling to Ruskin, FL and Detroit, MI for their Alternative Break Service Trip (ABST).

When: Thursday, March 5
5pm - 8pm
Where: Detroit & Ruskin
United States
Contact: Melanie Vadzemnieks

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Please join Gannon students traveling to Ruskin, FL and Detroit, MI for their Alternative Break Service Trip (ABST). Rather than spend their spring break as vacationers, these students have opted for a week of community service. During the ABST meet-n-greets in Detroit and Ruskin, Gannon students will be eager to hear about your Gannon and Villa Maria experiences while sharing their own experiences through the ABST program.

Dinner is provided free of charge.

Detroit, MI: Hosted by Gannon alumnus, Joe Bione '75 and his wife, VMC alumna, Mary Bione '75VMC. 

Granite City Food & Brewery
699 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084 
5pm - 7pm


Ruskin, FL

Gannon Ruskin Campus (Academic Building RN 111 )
105 Commercial Center Dr. 
Ruskin, FL 33573

6pm - 8pm 


Alternative Break Service Trips

Through our Alternative Break Service Trip (ABST) program, student leaders design and facilitate experiences for their peers based on four pillars of service, simplicity, community and reflection. These immersions focus on broadening participants’ worldviews and fostering global citizenship, through service and relationship-building with neighbors across our human family. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, all ABSTs seek to create intentionally inclusive, diverse community through their group formation and trip experiences. ABSTs are co-curricular, student-led, and accompanied by trained faculty and staff from all divisions of the Gannon University family.

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