The Service Plunge provides a select group of first-year students with the opportunity to create lasting bonds throughout their college career by participating in service projects, team-building experiences and leadership development activities.
A yearlong commitment, the Service Plunge begins with a month-long "Get to Know Newport" experience, which includes one service or social activity each week. During Columbus Day weekend, students retreat to a local campground, where activities could include a ropes course, forestry cleanup and serving dinner at a local shelter.
Service Plunge Facilitators
Rosa Brito '18
Brito is a work-study for Sodexo and volunteers with the Office of Multicultural Programs. She is involved with the Student Empowerment Organization and the Multicultural Student Organization. Brito is from the Dominican Republic, and her goals are to graduate college and love whatever she ends up doing.
Andy Cirioli '17
Major: History and political science
Cirioli is a First Year Transitions mentor who also serves as Student Government Association treasurer and Campus Activities Board secretary. He participated in Stay Break 2014 and currently participates in the Service Scholarships for Seahawks program, volunteering at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. In high school, Cirioli completed more than 400 hours of community service.
Juan Roldán '16
Major: Global business and economics
Roldán participates in the Service Scholarships for Seahawks program, volunteering as a marketing assistant at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. A second-year Resident Advisor, he is also treasurer of the Spanish Club and Film Club. Roldán previously served as president of the Multicultural Student Organization and volunteered with Bike Newport and Ballard Park.
Olivia Sherman '18
A work-study with the Phonathon, Sherman participated in the 2014 Service Plunge. She is a member of the Pre-Med Club and Best Buddies. In high school, Sherman coached Little League softball, volunteered in a local hospital and was a counselor at a camp for terminally ill children and their families.
Connor Sullivan '16
Major: Accounting, minor in business administration
A bookkeeper at the local law firm Bardorf & Bardorf, Sullivan also tutors accounting students at the Academic Center for Excellence. He participated in the Service Plunge and has volunteered as a tax preparer with AARP, helping lower-class citizens file returns. Sullivan hopes to become a tax lawyer and may look at running for Congress or governor of Massachusetts.
GinaMarie Tonini '17
Major: Business administration and psychology
Tonini is a Resident Advisor, a Student Government Association senator and the Campus Activities Board's concerts director. She participates in the Service Scholarships for Seahawks program, completing her service hours at Child & Family.