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Community Service Attracts UAlbany Students to Campus Ministry

Doctoral student Matt Barry said the Protestant campus ministry on campus provides a sense of family and close friends to students like him who are away from home. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

During spring break 2007, then UAlbany-undergrad Matt Barry mucked out houses in New Orleans and stripped them down to the framework 18 months after Hurricane Katrina. “It was a heart-wrenching experience to throw someone’s belongings into a pile of trash by the side of the road,” said Barry, now a third-year doctoral student in chemistry and one of eight Peer Ministers with Cornerstone Campus Ministry. Cornerstone is the Protestant campus ministry based at UAlbany’s Interfaith Center, formerly Chapel House.

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