Students and staff take to nation’s capital for inauguration, service

Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:00:00 PM

A total of 43 Stritch students and eight chaperones including staff members traveled to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Barack Obama and to perform service activities in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 


Students departed Jan. 17 by coach bus, and stayed at a Franciscan mission in Washington. During their stay, the group saw the inauguration, took a private tour of the Pentagon, and visited several museums in the city. 

Inspired by the University’s rich tradition of service to others and by the example set by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the students dedicated one day of the trip to serving the D.C. community in honor of the King holiday and its theme, “a day on, not a day off.” 

Matt Goodwin, assistant dean of students, led the trip and said the experience was memorable for everyone involved.

"This trip embodied who we are as a Stritch community," he said. "We witnessed leadership across our nation's history by touring sites such as the Capitol and the Pentagon, we served others who have much less than us, celebrated Mass at the national Franciscan Monastery, and were witness to one of our nation's most timeless examples of a peaceful democratic government."

Goodwin arranged for student participants to visit some local hospice care facilities and perform a service activity for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. For this activity, students visited an emergency shelter to assemble 2,000 “breakfast bags” to be delivered to a predetermined homeless shelter in D.C. that day.