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SFA plans MLK Day of Service

13 Jan

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University offices of Student Affairs Programs and Multicultural Affairs will hold the third annual MLK Day of Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The event will partner with the City of Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Department for service projects at the city’s many parks and recreation facilities. The theme of the event is “Reflecting. Renewing. Leaving a Legacy.” About 150 student volunteers are needed to take part in projects such as park cleanup, painting, and landscaping. Participants will receive a free lunch and event T-shirt.

For the third year, SFA has received grant funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the MLK Day programs. Numerous other colleges across the nation participate in the annual event.

The first MLK Day of Service at SFA in 2010 focused on helping Nacogdoches schools prepare for the new semester. This included painting benches, creating leadership-themed art projects and revitalizing landscaping. The 2011 event focused on projects at nursing homes and senior centers.

“It’s exciting that SFA students can be part of such a widespread movement to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through giving back to their community,” said Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service at SFA. “By focusing on the city’s outdoor areas this year, the entire community will be able to see the impact of our students’ service.”

Bouldin said she hopes students will also pause to think about their own personal legacies, including the impact they will have at SFA and what they will leave behind after graduation.

Participating students will be assigned to teams as they arrive at the Twilight Ballroom. Groups will be chosen randomly to give students the opportunity to work with people with whom they don’t regularly interact. Spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so Bouldin suggests arriving as close to 10:30 a.m. as possible to secure a spot.

“We want to accommodate everyone who wants to participate, but once the spots are full, they’re full,” Bouldin said.

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, professor in the SFA human services department and school psychology program, will serve as keynote speaker for the MLK Day of Service opening ceremonies.

Congress passed legislation in 1983 to commemorate the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on the third Monday of each January, was named a national day of service and is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

“We are so excited that students once again have the chance to make a difference in the community through the MLK Day of Service,” Bouldin said. “We hope this event continues to grow and benefit the community in many ways.”

In the case of inclement weather, the make-up day for this event will be Saturday, Jan. 21.

For more information, contact Bouldin at (936) 468-1088 or jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

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SFA students make an impact through service projects, trip

10 Mar

By Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service

SFA students give back to their community in a variety of ways – during this semester, students have had several opportunities to get involved in service.

The third annual The BIG Event takes place on Friday, April 29. SFA’s The BIG Event promotes unity between campus and community as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the Nacogdoches community.

Individuals and not-for-profit agencies can apply to have jobs completed by students. Because The BIG Event is focused on saying “thanks,” the recipients are not limited by need or socioeconomic status. Anyone in the community, as long as they are not an SFA student, can apply for a job. Students will be performing tasks like yardwork, housecleaning, organization, painting and other jobs throughout Nacogdoches County.

Students can get involved by signing up online at www.sfasu.edu/thebigevent or visiting the Involvement Center to fill out a participant form. Students should be prepared to serve from 2 to 6 p.m. on the day of the event, and they must sign up by Friday, April 8.

Another annual service opportunity is the Alternative Spring Break program. Rather than spending spring break at home or on vacation, a select group of students will spend their break performing service projects in Memphis, Tenn., as part of the annual Alternative Spring Break trip March 13-19.

Eleven students, two student team leaders, a graduate assistant and a professional staff member will assist the Mid-South Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club of Memphis and Shelby Farms.

Pre-trip activities, including fundraising and discussions on poverty and Memphis’ rich music and cultural history, have added to the teambuilding nature of the trip.

ASB team members are chosen through an application and interview process each fall. Students are  responsible for only $100 of the trip costs, making ASB an affordable alternative to traditional Spring Break plans, in addition to enriching the experiences of the students who take part.

Finally, earlier this semester, 130 students made Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service a day on, not a day off. Volunteers went to local nursing homes and senior centers to interact with elderly residents and assist the staffs of these facilities.

MLK Day of Service participants

Students played bingo, organized dances, performed karaoke, and helped with office maintenance and organization.

For more information about service opportunities at SFA, visit http://www.sfasu.edu/studentaffairs/97.asp, or contact Jamie Bouldin at (936) 468-1088 or jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

130 students take part in second annual MLK Day

20 Jan

The second annual MLK Day of Service, sponsored by Student Affairs Programs and Multicultural Affairs, was a huge success – 130 student volunteers took part in 11 projects at nursing homes and senior centers, as well as helping to plan and execute the event. The opening ceremonies featured speaker Mabel Cannings, a local activist and author.

This year’s event was covered extensively by local media – seeing our students in the spotlight for actively engaging in service projects is always exciting! You can view some of the coverage here:

SFA’s MLK Day of Service is also provided additional financial support from North Carolina Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each year, hundreds of universities take part in MLK service programs. This year, universities that received a grant from NCCC and CNCS engaged 11,554 volunteers in 520 service projects.

What’s your legacy? Find out at the MLK Day of Service

7 Jan

200 people took part in the 2010 MLK Day of Service.

The Stephen F. Austin State University offices of Leadership and Service and Multicultural Affairs will hold the second annual MLK Day of Service beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The theme of the event will be “What’s Your Legacy?” and service projects will center on helping local nursing homes and senior centers. About 150 student volunteers are needed to help host events and interact with nursing home residents, and participants will receive a free lunch and event T-shirt.

For the past two years, SFA has received a grant from the North Carolina Campus Compact and Corporation for National and Community Service to implement the MLK Day of Service on campus, according to Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service. Numerous other colleges across the nation participate in the annual event.

The first MLK Day of Service at SFA in 2010 focused on helping Nacogdoches schools prepare for the new semester. This included painting benches, creating leadership-themed art projects and revitalizing landscaping.

“It’s exciting that SFA students can be part of such a widespread movement to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through giving back to their community,” Bouldin said. “This year’s projects will be very interactive, so students really have a chance to talk to the residents and learn about their lives.”
Bouldin said she hopes students will also pause to think about their own personal legacies, including the impact they will have at SFA and what they will leave behind after graduation.

Participating students will be assigned to teams as they arrive at the Twilight Ballroom. Groups will be chosen randomly to give students the opportunity to work with people with whom they don’t regularly interact. Spots will be assigned on a first come-first served basis, so Bouldin suggests arriving as close to 11 a.m. as possible to secure a spot.

“We can’t send out more students than are needed to the nursing homes and senior center – we do not want to overwhelm the residents or staff at these facilities,” Bouldin said. “We want to accommodate everyone who wants to participate, but once the spots are full, they’re full.”

Congress passed legislation in 1983 to commemorate the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on the third Monday of January, was named a national day of service and is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

“We are so excited that students have the chance to make a difference in the community through the MLK Day of Service,” Bouldin said. “We hope this event continues to grow and benefit the community in many ways.”

For more information, contact Bouldin at (936) 468-1088 or jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.