Service Plunge

A community service retreat, Service Plunge provides students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through active experiences. Through direct and indirect service, “plungees” learn the importance of service, social justice and civic engagement. They also meet community needs, identify and build upon community assets, and share their experiences with the campus community.

Service Plunge Facilitators

Crete Clifford '17
Major: Secondary education and mathematics
Minor: Religious and theological studies

Clifford is a member of the sailing team, the Math Club and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She participated in Seahawks for Service during her freshman year and Seahawks for Service during her sophomore year, completing her service hours at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Clifford enjoys touring the Newport mansions, running on the Cliff Walk and playing ping pong, Ultimate Frisbee, football and paddle ball. Her advice to first year students: Try new things, initiate conversations and have fun discovering yourself.

Dimitri DiBiase '18
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Mathematics

DiBiase is a student worker in the Office of Community Service and has directed and participated in many service activities both on and off campus. He was involved in Alternative Spring Break and had the opportunity to be the Seahawk. DiBiase has volunteered at Mumford Manor, St. Paul’s and Ward Avenue. He is a member of the Shotokan Karate Club and the Campus Activities Board. DiBiase enjoys chemistry research, the beach, pool and cars. His advice to first year students: Take it all in and try whatever you think will make you happy because four years blows by in the blink of an eye.

Rebecca Forsythe '17
Major: Global studies and sociology and anthropology

Forsythe is a student worker in User Support Services. During the summer of 2014, she was an Orientation leader for the Class of 2018. She enjoys reading poetry and literature, hiking at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, traveling to new places and walking her golden retriever. Her advice to first year students: Be open to meeting all kinds of new people and personalities, because you never know who you could become friends with.

Gabrielle Grilo '18
Major: Elementary education and special education

Grilo is a member of the Shotokan Karate Club. She volunteered for the 2015 Alternative Spring Break, completing service projects across Aquidneck Island and Block Island. Grilo is also a Service Advocate and a member of Mercy in Motion. Her advice for first year students: Get involved around campus as much as possible. Take every opportunity that comes your way because it will truly enhance your experience at Salve.

Melissa Janco '17
Major: Elementary education and special education

Janco volunteers at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She is also a member of SRU Dance, the Student Education Association and the 2017 Committee. Janco has participated in many service experiences at Salve Regina, including Service Plunge, Dance Marathon, Relay for Life and Alternative Spring Break. She enjoys dancing, crafting, going to the beach and working with children. Janco’s advice to first year students: Get involved in lots of different organizations and make friends in many different places.

Olivia Sherman '18
Major: Biology

Sherman participated in the 2014 Service Plunge and facilitated the 2015 Service Plunge 2.0. She is a Phonathon caller and a member of the Pre-Med Club and Best Buddies. In high school, Sherman completed many service hours, including coaching Little League softball, volunteering in a local hospital and helping as a counselor at a camp for terminally ill children and families. She wants to continue doing service in the Salve Regina community through the Service Plunges.