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Released August 12, 2003


By David Tisdale

HATTIESBURG - 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.

Beginning in 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 service project.

"This 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."

Service events 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.

Fall service 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.

"The week 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.


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