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Environmental Engineering department fasts for funds

November 28, 2017 Tags: Academics , Community Engagement , STEAM , Study Abroad , University News

Eight students and two professors in the Saint Francis University Environmental Engineering department fasted for 36 hours (nothing but water) to raise funds for safe water projects in rural Bolivia and Ecuador. This 36 hour fast is in solidarity with those who suffer chronic hunger and unsafe drinking water.

Participating in the fast were students Ashley Rovder, Kari Lagan, Staci Wolfe, Andrew Potopa, Staci Shoemaker, Logan Madison, Missy McCreary, Mitchell Hogue, and Colton West; former student Sarah Yeager; and Professors Br. Marius Strom and Dr. Bill Strosnider. 

The Environmental Engineering department sends a group of students to Bolivia every other year as a study abroad trip.  In Bolivia, they work with Engineers In Action (EIA) to bring clean water to rural communities by applying the skills we develop here with water sampling and chemistry.  Every year, EIA hosts a "Clean Water Fast" to raise both money and awareness towards their cause.

Alpacas 17This year, they held their own Fast Fest in the Science Center, where they had South American inspired food, alpacas from Lilly Mountain Alpacas, raffles and games for the community. Students from the Environmental Engineering Society helped out with the event, and those who went to Bolivia this past summer to work with EIA shared their experiences with visitors. Student, Ashley Rovder, says “I am so proud of all of my fellow classmates for the effort they put into this fundraiser, and incredibly thankful for all the support we've received.”  

The group has collectively raised over $3,200, though they’re still campaigning.  That number includes the efforts of each individual faster as well as the funds raised from Fast Fest. To contribute to Engineers in Action Clean Water campaign, visit:

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Photo of students and professor breaking the fast after 36 hours. From left to right: Ashley Rovder, Colton "CJ" West, Staci Wolfe, Kari Lagan, Staci Shoemaker, Dr. Bill Strosnider, and Andrew Potopa.  Not pictured are Brother Marius Strom, Benjamin Dumm, Mitchell Hogue