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APEX: A trip that shows the root of love

Shelby Wilson April 26, 2022

How service can teach you about Jesuit values St. Joe’s takes pride in the Jesuit value of service rooted in justice and love. From the Weekly Service program to Catholic Relief Services, St. Joe’s...

Campus Ministry finds new ways to serve community during COVID-19

Campus Ministry finds new ways to serve community during COVID-19

Raegan Davies September 29, 2020

The university announced on Sept. 25 that spring break for the 2021 semester would be eliminated. As a result, Campus Ministry officially canceled the Appalachian Experience (APEX), which normally takes...


From Ivanhoe to Zoom

Maggie Brennen September 1, 2020

 How students form a bond through APEX despite coronavirus When I decided to go on the Appalachian Experience (APEX) two years ago as a first-year student, I expected to have a great spring break where...

Kirwan-Avila hopes to put her own spin on the classic St. Joe’s trip. PHOTO: Luke Malanga ’20

APEX begins new chapter with new coordinator

Emily Graham October 8, 2019

A new campus minister, Catherine Kirwan-Avila, A.C.J., has taken on the role of Appalachian Experience (APEX) coordinator this year, a role that had previously been held by the same person for 14 years. Kirwan-Avila,...

Meg Kloss 19 and Nicole Walters 20 react to the APEX: The Appalachian Experience on March 19.

Capturing the heart of APEX

Elaina Wall March 27, 2019

Documentary debuted to campus community A group of participants in the Appalachian Experience Program (APEX) debuted a documentary they created to capture the essence of the week-long volunteer program. About...

An APEX group poses for a photo at their construction site in 2017. PHOTOS: MEGHAN CORONA ’20

APEX spots slower to fill this year

Luke Malanga November 6, 2018

Director says program stands "the test of time" Sign-ups for The Appalachian Experience (APEX), a service immersion program run by St. Joe’s Campus Ministry, slowed this year after several years of...

When service is a photo op

When service is a photo op

Karleigh Lopez October 30, 2018

How APEX isn't promoting a kind of selfless service When the temperature drops and the candle section in Target makes the much-anticipated shift from candy floral to cozy autumnal scents, there is an instinctive...

Building  relationships, not just homes

Building relationships, not just homes

Kaitlyn Patterson March 26, 2018

Another “Appalachian Experience” has come and gone, and with the so-called “APEX high” lingering on the St. Joe’s campus, many students question whether people do service trips for the right...

St. Joes students on APEX at their service location in Tennessee (Photo courtesy of Sam Henry 19).

Say “Service!”

Alyssa Cuccurullo March 16, 2018

Social media use on APEX service trips.  While documenting the highlights of a spring break trip may be a given, students participating in the annual Appalachian Experience (APEX) service trip were asked...

Travel services office closure

Tess Hill September 6, 2017

The move to an online booking tool affects all travel at St. Joe's Saint Joseph’s University faculty and staff members, student groups and sports teams are often required to travel across the nation,...

Building something timeless

Building something timeless

Kaitlyn Patterson March 21, 2017

Service for a week lasts a lifetime in my heart If someone came up to me a year ago and told me that the best week of my life would be spent with 36 strangers digging holes and extracting rocks from the...

Students who went to Jonesville, VA. dig holes in preperation to put in a wheelchair ramp
(Photos by Kaitlyn Patterson 20).

Exposure and understanding

Mark De Leon March 21, 2017

APEX participants spend Spring Break in community Over 500 Saint Joseph’s University students have returned from 17 separate trips to the Appalachian region over spring break. This year’s Appalachian...

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