It was an egg-stravaganza
By Lauren Burke, Grad ’11
Photos by Aaron Ledesma, communication junior
The Easter Bunny (or, um, the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon) came early to Penfield Children’s Center on Friday, March 29.
The fraternity brothers knew they wanted to do something for the community this spring, and the ongoing partnership between Marquette and Penfield seemed like the perfect place to start a new tradition.
The fraternity brothers (one dressed as the Easter Bunny) delivered hugs and help the kids fill their baskets with candy. In return, the children were all smiles.
Giving back is just part of Greek life on campus — including participation in Make a Difference Day and Hunger Clean-up. Other opportunities present themselves throughout the year, so when Sigma Phi Epsilon saw a chance to partner with Penfield for a holiday activity, the men jumped on it.
Marquette has a long history of partnering with Penfield — providing academic and service opportunities for students who cross multiple disciplines, including psychology, childhood education, social work and human services. Penfield President Christine Holmes describes the partnership as win-win, “Students can get a variety of good practical experience no matter what their degree is going to be in,” she says. “Plus, there’s also the service learning aspect of giving back to the community — the Jesuit mission as it was.”
One of the larger partnership efforts between the two institutions is the Behavior Clinic. Marquette’s College of Education and Penfield founded the clinic in 2003. The clinic offers free, in-home mental health services for children who are experiencing significant behavioral and emotional trouble. Many of the College of Education’s graduate students work at the Behavior Clinic.
Sara Peronto, marketing manager at Penfield, thinks the clinic is an opportunity for students to learn about their discipline and interact with a wide variety of families. “Our Behavior Clinic is growing, so our partnership with Marquette continues to get better," she says. "The students get to work with people from all walks of life.”