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WSOU Covered A&S Service Learning Trip to Jamaica
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College of Arts & Sciences' students attend servant-leadership trip to the Alpha Boys' School and Orphanage located in Kingston, JamaicaWSOU 89.5 FM, the radio station of Seton Hall University, sent two student reporters to cover the College of Arts & Sciences' annual servant-leadership trip to the Alpha Boys' School and Orphanage located in Kingston, Jamaica. Reporting for WSOU were News Director Elizabeth Pavlovsky '14 and staff member Jenna Romaine '15. Their daily reports from Jamaica aired weekday mornings at 8 a.m. January 6 through January 10. A half-hour documentary will air later in the year, as will stories produced especially for WSOU’s Caribbean Tempo program (Saturdays, 10:30 am-noon). Pavlovsky and Romaine also regularly posted to the station’s Facebook page during their time in Jamaica.

On this mission trip, Seton Hall students took part in a number of service-learning opportunities at the Alpha Boys School and Orphanage, such as teaching reading, writing and math; making improvements to enhance the facility; and planning and implementing activities with the students. Pavlovsky and Romaine reported on their fellow college students' experiences, explored issues of poverty, inequality and education in Jamaica, and examined the school’s role in music education.

In addition to reporting on how Seton Hall students and administrators endeavor to make a positive difference in the lives of children, Pavlovsky and Romaine were drawn to this story because of the school’s renowned music program. For decades, the Alpha Boys' School has nurtured some of the island's greatest musical talent. Alpha Boys' School alumni include Dizzy Reece, Sparrow Martin, the four founding members of The Skatalites, Yellowman, and Israel Vibration, among many others.

"Liz and Jenna's eagerness to document this service-learning trip is a wonderful example of how WSOU and Seton Hall are helping to prepare tomorrow's leaders," says WSOU General Manager Mark Maben. "There are many stories to be told here, and giving emerging journalists the opportunity to research and report on this Seton Hall mission trip reinforces the importance of college radio and the hands-on experience it offers."

WSOU, which began broadcasting in 1948, is the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University. Celebrated for its loud rock format, WSOU's signal reaches all five boroughs of New York City and much of northern and central New Jersey and is available on iHeartradio.

For more than 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student, mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college.

The Alpha Boys' School is a residential facility in Kingston, Jamaica, owned and operated by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic Order of Nuns committed to working with the poor, sick, and uneducated. The school's mission is to aid and edify orphans, delinquent, and abandoned children with education, skills, and a healthy environment in which to grow and excel.

For more information please contact:
Mark Maben
(973) 761-9546


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