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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1, 2013 - Providence Heights Alpha School students visited La Roche College on Friday, Feb. 1 for an educational field trip celebrating National Catholic Schools Week.

In recognition of the College’s 50th anniversary, students in grades kindergarten through eight came dressed in red and white clothing. Children rotated through nine activity stations and participated in a variety of hands-on activities led by La Roche faculty and students.

Each activity introduced children to a different field of study. Students visited the College’s dance studio for lessons with La Roche dance majors, and the psychology department shared their knowledge of body language analysis. In the nursing skills lab, children built a working stethoscope, while nurses demonstrated their career skills on patient mannequins. Alpha School students also visited the College’s chemistry lab to conduct a science experiment led by La Roche Professor Dr. Rebecca Bozym.

The education and design departments offered exciting projects. In the education department, Dr. Kate Silvis taught children how to make shapes by using tangrams, and Dr. Gabrielle Yingling helped students to create 50th anniversary posters for the College, which will be displayed on campus. Students also created buttons and learned about patterns with La Roche design faculty.

Other activities included a tour of the College’s residence halls and a visit to the Magdalen Chapel, where Sister Rose Michele Sieber explained the meaning behind the chapel’s stained glass windows. The day ended with a Byzantine liturgy celebrated by Reverend Thomas Schaefer and Reverend David Siroki at the Motherhouse Chapel. As a special keepsake, all children received a La Roche College ID.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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