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Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Brothers Prepare for Weekend of Community Service PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Contact David Tisdalle, 601.266.4499   
HATTIESBURG, Miss.  – The University of Southern Mississippi’s Theta Alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity will welcome 70 of its brothers from chapters at seven universities across the South this weekend for community service projects in Hattiesburg and Ellisville.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the students will convene in Hattiesburg to complete a community service project at Lake Thoreau Center for Environmental Education and Research, an instruction and research resource of the university’s Department of Biological Sciences. They will clear trails, build a handicapped assessable boardwalk and complete other projects to enhance the center’s environment. 

Titled “Give-a-Push Weekend,” the effort is endorsed and sponsored by the national fraternity’s philanthropy, PUSH America, dedicated to increasing awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities. That evening, the group will visit Ellisville State School to paint Halloween pumpkins with its students.

“We’re committed to serving people with disabilities, and this weekend will bring Pi Kapps from across the country together to work side by side to build a better tomorrow while building the bonds of brotherhood,” said fraternity adviser Gary Kimble, Southern Miss’ Director of Conference and Fraternity Housing.

Students from the fraternity’s chapters at Auburn University, Louisiana Tech University, Northwest State University of Louisiana, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University will participate.

“It’s incredible to be able to bring brothers in from other chapters and see this mission come together,” said Marks McWhorter, a senior from Jackson who serves as head of the standards board. ‘This helps push our organization to the next level.”

The Southern Miss Department of Biological Sciences, which uses the center as a resource for instruction and research, is also supporting the initiative.  “We’re very appreciative of these young men who are willing to give their time for this project,” said Dr. Frank Moore, chairman of the department. “It’s a wonderful example of the diverse community participation we had hoped to see in support of the Lake Thoreau Center.”

PUSH America will present a check to Southern Miss for $5,000 to defray the costs of the weekend’s projects, as well as a check for $3,400 to Ellisville State School on behalf of the Southern Miss chapter of the fraternity. For more information about Give-A-Push Weekend, contact Kimble at 601.266.4791.

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