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Biology major fosters student service at W&J Back-to-back medical missions to the Dominican Republic were not enough for Nick Tyger ’12, who created a student service organization at Washington & Jefferson College that he hopes will continue his relief efforts in the region long after he graduates. The organization, called Presidents Without Borders, aims to connect W&J students with those living in medically underserved areas of the world, including Tyger’s “extended family” in the Caribbean. “Last year, we expanded from one clinic to three, but I wanted to do more to incorporate service and grow our relief efforts there,” said Tyger, who collaborated with Solid Rock Missions, a faith-based nonprofit group that serves the underprivileged in the Dominican Republic. He has helped raise more than $700 for medical supplies to deliver on his missions, which have been funded through the College’s Magellan Project. Last summer, the biology major treated more than 2,100 sick or injured men, women and children at the clinics where he worked, checking patients’ vital signs, reviewing their medical histories and providing them with medication. He also had the opportunity to observe a handful of medical procedures. “The people of the Dominican Republic are very happy people,” Tyger said. “They are very gracious and caring, and they love that you are there.” Making his third trek to the region this summer, Tyger will be joined by nine others from the W&J community, thanks to the interest spurred by Presidents Without Borders. Since the organization was formed this year, membership has grown to more than 40 students.

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“The success of Presidents Without Borders has stemmed from the Magellan Project, which has grown enormously under the guidance of President Haring-Smith,” said Tyger, who plans on staying involved with the organization as an off-campus adviser after graduation. “It is my responsibility to feed off that enthusiasm and leave behind something that future W&J students can continue to build upon.” – ROBERT REID

HIS TEACHING STRATEGY “I will do anything to cause students to step outside of themselves. Students on my off-campus trips have been cold, hot, hungry, uncomfortable, tired, beleaguered and informed; the thing is—there’s no such thing as too much of a certain kind of information.”

HIS TIME AS A W&J STUDENT “We took a lot of risks. Gambling was part of the routine—gambling with grades, gambling with credits, and gambling with ideas.”


“It is my responsibility to feed off that enthusiasm and leave behind something that future W&J students can continue to build upon.” – NICK TYGER ’12

THE IMPORTANCE OF STORIES “Our stories are among the few things that can never be taken from us.”

THE THOUGHT OF TEACHING ELSEWHERE “I could not, I would not, be the person I am at another institution. Maybe I would have been OK, maybe I would have even succeeded, but this experience, the W&J experience, is particular because W&J is a particular place.”

Biology major Nick Tyger is the founder of Presidents Without Borders, a student service organization designed to provide medical relief efforts to the Dominican Republic.

To learn how other students are making a difference, visit www.washjeff.edu/magazine.



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