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Hockey fan Jennifer Gentile (Media, Pa.), a senior double majoring in economics and business and art at Lafayette, went behind the scenes at First Union Center this summer.

As an intern at Comcast-Spectator, Gentile became acquainted with the Philadelphia Flyers archive department while earning academic credit toward her economics and business major. She worked closely with Kerrianne Brady, archivist and special project manager, to help overhaul the center’s data storage system.

”I took the internship over the summer because I am a huge hockey fan,” says Gentile. ”I wanted to get involved in a field that interested me, and I really enjoyed this internship because I got to learn more about the Flyers.”

”Lafayette offers a lot of things that would not be available at a larger university,” adds Gentile.

Gentile spent the January interim session between regular semesters doing an externship at Wallingford Elementary School, where she taught art lessons to fifth graders. ”I gained a great understanding of and respect for what it takes to teach art to children,” she says. ”Being organized constantly, preparing for each class and grade level, and having a great love for children are necessary for inspiring youngsters to create and appreciate art.”

Gentile is highly involved in Lafayette’s Landis Community Outreach Center, which coordinates more than 20 service activities benefiting the Easton area and beyond. She serves as coordinator for the Big Brothers/Sisters Program and is team captain of Creating Hope In Life Development, which focuses on several programs involving youth, including tutoring, mentoring, and after-school programs. She co-chaired the Family Weekend Committee in charge of planning open houses and exhibits, is vice president of Newman Association, and serves as a campus tour guide.

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