Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break

Spend Spring Break in Starkville (Mississippi, that is.)

The Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break (AHASB) provides students the opportunity to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge. This alternative to more traditional spring break activities has become an important part of the Rockford University experience. In 2005, the trip was named in honor of the late Dr. Alan Hutchcroft, Rockford University Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. The Collegiate Challenge is an alternative spring break program that provides opportunities for university students to spend their school break building a house in partnership with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. It is a tradition of Rockford University to partner with Habitat for Humanity in Starkville, Miss. AHASB lives out the mission and vision ofRockford University by providing a life-changing experience as students serve the community of Starkville.

A Collegiate Challenge trip may be the best spring break trip you will ever have. Not only do you help people in need — it’s also fun! You’ll have the chance to improve your carpentry skills, connect with new people while making a real difference in Habitat for Humanity’s work of eliminating substandard housing.

Commemorative Videos of Past Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break Trips 

Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break 2014 

Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break 2015

Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break 2016


2015 marked the 20th Anniversary trip for AHASB to Starkville, Miss. View the special commemorative book - 20th Anniversary AHASB Booklet.

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Department Information

Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement
Burpee Center, Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Donnette Tinsley, Director

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