JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Westminster College is a small liberal arts college, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This week nearly 70 students, as well as faculty and staff, have come to the Coast to volunteer with the Jackson County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The Reverend Jim Mohr is the college chaplain. He's making his fourth trip to South Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina.
"When the day starts, I say to our students, 'Make a difference in a life today,'" Mohr said.
Also along for the trip are Westminster's new president Dr. Rick Dorman, and his wife Beverly. Dr. Dorman has plenty to keep him busy back at the college, but the couple chose to spend the week volunteering with Habitat.
"My nickname for this week is Big Daddy D," Dr. Dorman jokingly told WLOX News. "Seriously though, it was just something my wife and I wanted to do. I can't think of anything more important than being with the students and letting people know what a compassionate institution Westminster College is and always has been."
The students who came along on the long trip were impressed that their new president and his wife joined them.
"It's awesome. I think it is great that he and his wife came with us," Westminster student Aimee Spicuzza said.
The junior from Pittsburgh is the president of Westminster's Habitat for Humanity chapter.
When the Westminster contingent leaves this weekend, they can take pride in knowing they helped a community still hit hard by the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.