Saint Martin’s hosts third Robert A. Harvie Social Justice lecture

Living social justice at Saint Martin’s — two concrete examples

Feb. 9, 2009

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will host the third of four lectures in its 2008-2009 Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series on Friday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. in Harned Hall, Room 110, on the University’s Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. The speakers will be Susan Leyster and Nicholas Kucharik, the director and assistant director of campus ministry, and Alicia LeDuc, a senior majoring in business. Their presentation will discuss how Saint Martin’s lives out its call to social justice with two local community service programs: Saint Benedict’s Community Dinner and the Community Kitchen (formerly known as Bread & Roses).

Leyster, the director of campus ministry since 1997, graduated from Saint Martin’s in 1988, receiving her BA in religious studies and later her MA in counseling psychology. Kucharik, a 2007 graduate with a BA in religious studies, became the assistant director of campus ministry after working in that office as a student and then as an intern. LeDuc has a strong record of volunteer service. She has worked at the Bread & Roses soup kitchen for the last three years, founded the Global Citizens Brigade, is a member of HANDS (a campus ministry community service club) and has worked for Habitat for Humanity and the AIDS Walk. She now serves with AmeriCorps as a peer mentor.

 The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 student from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D.
Saint Martin’s University

Stephen C. McGlone
Vice president for institutional advancement
Saint Martin's University
5300 Pacific Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500