The freshman ArtsAlive! Living and Learning Community (LLC) made Christmas brighter for a local family of five girls and their mother.
The ArtsAlive! students were enrolled in Dr. Janet Heukeshoven’s First Year Seminar class and decided to use their class fund ($200) to support SMU’s Gifts for Winona program. They were paired as a sponsoring organization with a family of girls ranging in age from 3 to 18, and their mother.  The students divided themselves into groups and each shopped for their child, and the class enjoyed a wrapping session on study day before final exams.
The mother and the two youngest children visited Dr. Heukeshoven when the gifts were delivered. The mother was grateful for the students’ support and efforts to provide Christmas gifts for her family, and she thanked the SMU community for sponsorship of the Gifts for Winona program. Gifts for Winona accepts donations of money to purchase Christmas presents and food for more than 1,550 area individuals and families.
Dr. Heukeshoven teaches in the Saint Mary’s music department. Lisa Truax, the other faculty sponsor for the ArtsAlive! LLC, teaches in the art department.
Living Learning Communities are groups of freshmen with shared interests, living together and participating in themed programs that combine outside-the-classroom academics with residence life activities. The other three LLCs at Saint Mary’s include Well Inc., Global Faith, and Wide World and Sports.
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