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News Release

Peru State Students, Communities Team-Up for Inaugural Service Initiative


(Peru, Neb.) More than 275 Peru State College (PSC) students, faculty, staff, and community members, have volunteered their time to help with seven service projects designed to celebrate the college’s history and future in conjunction with the inauguration of 33rd President Dr. Daniel H. Hanson on Thursday, March 25.

PSC First Lady and Service Project Chair Elaine Hanson said, “The Service Initiative has been an energizing and productive way to celebrate our students, Peru State College and its future as a part of the inauguration. It has also been a way for us to ‘give back’ to the communities that generously support PSC.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work side by side with our students and other members of the Service Team. Their enthusiasm for helping people and organizations in our surrounding communities has been impressive and inspiring. Equally impressive, and critical to the success of the initiative, has been the cooperation of our service partners, including Auburn Elementary School, the Brownville Fine Arts Association, the City of Peru, the Peru Kiwanis Club, the Peru Historical Society and the PSC Grounds Department.”

Peru Students Care: An Inaugural Service Initiative will focus on six local and global projects as a way to “give back” leading up to the inauguration and continuing after. The projects consist of the following:

  1. Letter-Writing Campaign in Support of Bread for the World
    Thursday and Friday, March 18 – 19 
  2. PSC Campus Clean-Up
    Thursday and Friday, March 17-19
  3. Landscape Project in Brownville, in Partnership with the Brownville Fine Arts Association
    Sunday, March 21
  4. Peru City Clean-Up
    Monday, March 22
  5. Reading Buddies at Auburn Elementary School
    Monday, March 22
  6. Peru State College Leadership Conference
    Thursday, April 15
  7. Peru Historical Society Retaining Wall Repair, in Partnership with the Peru Kiwanis
    Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1

The initiative is being led by Hanson and Residence Halls Director Seth Bingham. Service team members include PSC students Tristan Bassinger, Grant Cole, Kristen Husen, Alicia Miller and Fred Whitted, as well as community members Cindy Newton and Laura Osborne.

The inauguration ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the College Theatre, located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall. A community-wide reception will immediately follow the ceremony through 7 p.m. in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

For additional information on the inauguration or service initiative, visit