Nov. 11, 1999

ALPHA PHI OMEGA AND OUTING CLUB WANT STUDENTS TO CLIMB THE WALLS

By University Communications staff

In a collaborative effort, the UVM Outing Club, which operates the 28-and-a-half foot climbing wall in the newly-renovated Richard and Mary Anne Gucciardi Center, and Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the coed service fraternity, will host a "Climb to the Stars" night on the climbing wall on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. A portion of the fees collected from climbers that evening will support APO's service projects.

"We are hoping to raise awareness of who APO is on this campus," said Rachel Schneider, a third-year student in the School of Business Administration, and president of Alpha Phi Omega. "Many students want to be involved in group volunteer projects, and that's what we provide."

APO is a national organization with over 17,000 current student members dedicated to sustained student involvement with service. APO members from UVM have served at the Ronald McDonald House, Vermont Cares, COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter), Recycle North, the Converse Home and the Special Olympics.

UVM's Outing Club operates the climbing wall, coordinates overnight wilderness trips for students throughout the year and facilitates a class for wilderness leadership training. Members recently volunteered at the Green Mountain Audubon Society's Haunted Forest.

"The Outing Club is excited to support APO in their efforts to raise students' awareness of both community service and the new climbing wall," said fourth-year student Erica Kutcher, a recreation management major in the School of Natural Resources.

During "Climb to the Stars," members of APO will be on site at the climbing wall to talk about getting involved with APO service projects. For further information, contact Andrew Feldman in the department of student life at 656-2060 or <afeldman@zoo.uvm.edu>.