New Mercyhurst University students offer a hand at Glinodo

New Mercyhurst University students offer a hand at Glinodo

Thirty-six new Mercyhurst University students were introduced less than a week after their arrival on the Erie campus to Seven-Mile Creek where it flows through the Benedictine Sisters' Glinodo grounds and into Lake Erie. It wasn't exactly a pleasure outing as they spent the morning getting muddy and sweaty, clearing and lining trails and dumping and spreading wheelbarrows full of wood chips on them. But their work will certainly turn walking the trails along the creek into pleasure outings for others. Their effort was part of the Mercyhurst Day of Service.

 

"We are so grateful for the willingness of these young women and men and their instructors, Mike Campbell and Laurie Baker, to work with us. It is important to us to support the natural environment, it is a part of our Benedictine commitment to reverse climate change," said Sister Annette Marshall, who serves as Environmental Action Coordinator and chairs the Care for the Earth Committee. 

 

The students' access to the trails was facilitated by a month-long visit by 11 goats and their goatherds from Let's Goat Buffalo. The goats stripped the leaves and thorns from a large swath of invasive plants growing along the creek and smothering trees. Sisters and volunteers are now removing some of the roots, others will die as the plants no longer have leaves. The intent is to replace the invasive species with ones that support the health of the land and trees.

 

"Mercyhurst University is committed to service learning," explained Laurie, who teaches the Introduction to Mercyhurst course (iMU 101) at Mercyhurst. "In addition to two sections of students who spent the morning working at Glinodo, we sent approximately 500 students to other non-profits around Erie. This is our home, and we trust our students also value its beauty and grow in their understanding of our common commitment to care for the city, our neighbors, and our environment."

 

The coordinator for Mercyhurst Day of Service is Bethany Woods, Assistant Director, Community Engagement at Mercyhurst and Sister Pat Lupo helped direct their work at Glinodo.

Students and instructors gather with Sister Pat Lupo and Sister Annette Marshall in Glinodo Center dining room after a pizza lunch
Students and instructors gather with Sister Pat Lupo and Sister Annette Marshall in Glinodo Center dining room after a pizza lunch
Loading up chips for the trail
Loading up chips for the trail
Dumping chips to be spread on trail
Dumping chips to be spread on trail
Working the trails was made easier after goats cleared underbrush of leaves and thorns
Working the trails was made easier after goats cleared underbrush of leaves and thorns
Sister Pat Lupo, orange shirt, works with students
Sister Pat Lupo, orange shirt, works with students
Professor Mike Campbell works with students
Professor Mike Campbell works with students
Lining the trail and covering it with wood chips
Lining the trail and covering it with wood chips
Aiyana, Becca, Grace, Maddie, and instructor Laurie
Aiyana, Becca, Grace, Maddie, and instructor Laurie