Gilarde Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity in S.C.

Jeff Gilarde, director of scientific imaging in the Biology Department,  spent his holiday vacation volunteering with the Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, near Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gilarde is pictured here near the tool trailer on Dec. 30, where the temperature was 38 degrees.

Jeff Gilarde, director of scientific imaging in the Biology Department, spent his holiday vacation volunteering with the Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, near Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gilarde is pictured here near the tool trailer on Dec. 30, where the temperature was 38 degrees.

Fellow volunteer Don Simon and Gilarde constructed about 32 'headers' for the entire house. These parts go over every door, window and closet to stabilize the structure and keep it hurricane safe. "It's hard work but well worth the sweat. It sure feels good to know that some family in Myrtle Beach will have a house to live in soon," he says.

Fellow volunteer Don Simon and Gilarde constructed about 32 'headers' for the entire house. These parts go over every door, window and closet to stabilize the structure and keep it hurricane safe. "It's hard work but well worth the sweat. It sure feels good to know that some family in Myrtle Beach will have a house to live in soon," he says.

Gilarde rests on the headers that he built.

Gilarde rests on the headers that he built.