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First-Year Class Retreat Unites Students, Builds Bonds with the Community

Students volunteered at various sites throughout San Francisco.

August  13, 2014

First-year students had a chance to plant roots in the community while getting to know their classmates on August 7 and 8. An annual tradition, the First-Year Retreat includes both a social and a service component as it seeks to build camaraderie among the class, while getting students involved in the broader San Francisco community.

First-Year RetreatOn August 7 students participated in a range of volunteer activities held this year at San Francisco Botanical Gardens, San Francisco Audubon Society, The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Jumpstart. They helped with a variety of tasks including gardening, park maintenance and arts and crafts.   

The second part of the retreat focused on building relationships among students. After hearing keynote speaker, Mr. Gary Zelesky, deliver a message on "A Passion-Centered Life," the class participated in team building activities and ended the night with a dinner and boat cruise on the San Francisco Bay.  

First-Year Retreat"The First-Year Retreat is a chance to build community from the inside out," said Kathy Candito, associate dean for Student Services. "We want to open students' eyes to the importance of building relationships and understanding the needs of those they serve — whether they are supporting classmates, patients or neighbors." 

Category Type: Community Outreach, Special Events, General

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