WSOU 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
"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
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.
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