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Central Michigan University students help preserve shipwreck artifacts

Alternative Break takes place at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary this weekend

Contact: CMU News

Central Michigan University students will dive in as volunteers this weekend at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary through the university’s Alternative Break program.

“The Great Lakes are a part of Michigan’s legacy, and I really wanted to see what they do at the sanctuary,” New Boston senior Shawn Knight, a human resources management major, said.

The students will gain hands-on experience by working with shipwreck artifacts. They will learn how to conserve and document objects and engage people who visit the museum.

“We are thrilled to have a group of CMU students visit Alpena, the sanctuary of the Great Lakes,” Stephanie Gandulla, media and outreach coordinator for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, said. “We work with our communities to ensure that future generations can enjoy these underwater treasures.”

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects the Great Lakes and its rich history through research, education and resource protection.

“I chose to go on this Alternative Break because I am passionate about our environment and feel more college students need to care about conserving it, especially the Great Lakes,” Fenton junior and secondary education major Caitlin Miller said. “I don’t think most people realize how imperative it is that we keep our lakes clean and how valuable they are to us.”

CMU’s Alternative Break program is ranked fourth nationally for the number of students participating in the trips. The program also has been ranked among the top five in the nation by Break Away, a national nonprofit organization that supports the development of university alternative break programs.

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