The University of Southern Mississippi will continue to offer a
learning environment for its students that integrates academics
with service to the larger community this fall semester.
August with Panhellenic and Freshman Service Plunge, seven events
are slated giving students from all backgrounds a chance to serve
their community. In many instances, students get an opportunity
to apply the knowledge they've gained in the classroom to their
fall semester will abound with opportunities for our students to
serve the Pine Belt area," said Hunter Phillips, assistant
director of the Southern Miss Office of Community Service Learning.
"From an agency fair and multiple service plunges at the start
of the school year, to ongoing service work, our office strives
to match community needs with students' interests and skills."
include Freshman Service Plunge set for Aug. 16, which will be done
in conjunction with Premiere, the new student orientation, when
incoming students will perform a day of service together.
On Sept. 4,
an agency fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the R.C. Cook
University Union lobby, where booths from various area agencies
seeking volunteers will be on hand. This is followed by IFC Service
Plunge Sept. 6.
Oct. 28 will
mark Make A Difference Day as part of National Service Day, when
the Office of Community Service Learning joins with United Way of
Southeast Mississippi to bring representatives of nonprofit organizations
throughout the Pine Belt to strengthen ties and develop strategy
and goals to help each other.
events conclude with National Hunger and Homelessness Week, set
for Nov. 16-22. Students at the university will work to raise awareness
and help promote ways to end hunger and homelessness. The event
is nationally co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless
and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.
will offer Southern Miss students the opportunity to reflect upon
the issues surrounding hunger and homelessness and what they can
do to alleviate the suffering while working to create long-term
solutions," said Lindsey Brown, coordinator for the Office
of Community Service Learning.
For more information
about these events or how you can become involved with community
service learning at Southern Miss, call (601) 266-5074.