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Released October 17, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS' MAKE A DIFFERENCE WEEK
EXPANDS SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
By David Tisdale


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HATTIESBURG - If a day of community service is a good thing, then a week's worth would be even better.

That's the motivation behind The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Community Service Learning's Make a Difference Week, a variation on Make A Difference Day, starting Monday Oct. 20.

"It's a celebration of the fact that students, faculty, staff and administration and others come together to make a difference in our community not just one day a year, but all year," said Hunter Phillips, assistant director of the Southern Miss Office of Community Service Learning.

Make a Difference Day (Oct. 25) is a national day of service sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation. The week will include a series of community service projects that will provide service opportunities for everyone, from students who want to assist Habitat for Humanity build a home, to the Southern Miss football fan that would like to make a caned food donation or give money to breast cancer research at the Oct. 25 football game between Southern Miss and South Florida.

The weeklong event is a student, faculty and staff-led effort, Phillips said, and having it for a whole week gives more people an opportunity to participate. "It will allow all members of our community a chance to take part that works with their schedule."

Bill Prout, who along with his wife, Cookie, operates Christian Services in Hattiesburg, said incorporating volunteerism into a student's college experience expands their education.

Christian Services provides meals and housing for the less fortunate and a variety of other outreach services in the Hattiesburg community. Southern Miss students and other school officials will be at Christian Services on Friday, Oct. 24, to help serve meals at with the community kitchen operation.

"It's great to have knowledge that you gain in the classroom, but having that hands-on experience (through volunteerism) is also invaluable," he said.

To participate in any or all of these activities, contact the Southern Miss Office of Community Service Learning at (601) 266-5074 or volunteer@usm.edu.

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Monday

  • Breast Cancer March: Join students from V.I.S.I.O.N., American Humanics, and other organizations to raise awareness and show support. Meet at Shoemaker Square in front of The Hub at 12:15 pm.
  • After-school at Aldersgate: Help out between 3:30-6 p.m. at the after-school program for children in the Briarfield community downtown. Aldersgate is located at 402 East 2nd Street. This activity is co-sponsored by Student Government.
  • Hattiesburg Zoo: Maintaining a great zoo requires lots of work. If you would like to help out, sign up with the Office of Community Service Learning.

Tuesday

  • Paint Southern Miss Pink Ceremony: The Paint Southern Miss Pink Committee invites all those would like to honor someone close to them who has been affected by breast cancer. The ceremony will be held from 12:15-1 p.m. on the lawn of Danforth Chapel. In case of rain, join us in Union, Room C.
  • Habitat for Humanity: The Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity will be working from 2:30-dusk. The construction site is located south of town. Take Highway 49 south to the Beverly Drive-In, turn left onto Edwards Street, go between .8-.9 of a mile and turn right onto Evans, and from Evans turn left onto the dirt lane, where you will find the site. This event is co-sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta.
  • Palmer's Crossing after-school: Come by and be a part of the group mentoring, games, and tutoring with students from fourth-12th grades at this local community center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Take Highway 49 south; turn left at the Beverly Drive-in and then an immediate right onto Old Airport Road. The Community Center will be the building on your left, just across the railroad tracks (Priest Creek Baptist Church is across the street).
  • Mississippi Mentors: Mentoring makes a difference in a child's life, and it could make a difference in your life, too. Come to this informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Miss University Union, Room H, to get engaged with other students and find out which program best suits you.
  • Jazz Jam: Banana Pudding will be performing at the Southern Miss Jazz Station, located at the intersection of Hardy Street and 31st Avenue, at 8 p.m. The $2 donation will benefit the university's Jazz Studies program. This event is sponsored by the Southern Miss Departments of Jazz Studies, Foreign Languages, English, and Philosophy.

Wednesday

  • Pine Haven Family Housing: Visit with the Mississippi Mentors as they work with middle school-aged children of Southern Miss students to provide a safe, productive, and fun after-school environment from 4:30-6 p.m. If you are interested, please contact our office.
  • Hattiesburg Zoo: Maintaining a great zoo requires lots of work. If you would like to help out today, sign up with the Office of Community Service Learning.

Thursday

  • Beautification Day: The Harper-Wallin Family Education Center serves Hattiesburg residents to further enrich the lives of students of all ages. If you'd like to help freshen up their facilities, put on your painting/work clothes and come from 3:30-5:30 p.m. To get to Family Ed, take Hardy Street toward downtown, between the large cemetery and the library turn left onto Green Street, past Hawkins Elementary School turn right on Forrest Street and the center will be on your left. This event is co-sponsored by American Humanics Student Association.
  • Palmer's Crossing after-school: Come by and be a part of the group mentoring, games, and tutoring with students from fourth -12th grades at this local community center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Take Highway 49 south; turn left at the Beverly Drive-in and then an immediate right onto Old Airport Road. The Community Center will be the building on your left just across the railroad tracks (Priest Creek Baptist Church is across the street). This event is co-sponsored by the Luckyday Scholars on the first floor of Wilber Hall.
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity's Charity Baseball Classic: At 6 p.m., Kappa Sigma will face-off against Sigma Alpha Epsilon at The Pete. The $1 admission will benefit Special Olympics.

Friday

  • Blood Drive: Want to make a difference in the lives of three people today? Come by the Union lobby today between 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and know that the pint of blood you donate to United Blood Services will help three people you may never meet.
  • Community Kitchen: Christian Services provides a meal daily. If you'd like to help, contact our office.
  • Friday Afternoon Carnival: Loyalton assisted living facility will have a carnival for their residents from 2-4 p.m. and they could use Southern Miss students to work the games and help folks play. This event is co-sponsored by UAC, Student Activities, and V.I.S.I.O.N.

Saturday

  • Saturday is National Make a Difference Day and at Southern Miss we will begin the day at 8:30 a.m. by meeting in the Elam Arms gravel parking lot. There will be several service projects from which to choose; including a neighborhood cleanup on Dewey Street, working with children at the Family Education Center and at Palmer's Crossing, and distributing food boxes at Christian Services. We will return to campus for lunch at noon.
  • Lunch will be provided for everyone who helped at any project during the week, and will serve as a celebration of a week of making a difference. Please meet at noon in the Rose Garden on the front of campus for good food, good times, and good neighbors.
  • The Institute for Disability Studies will host a canned food drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of the Hub.
  • Southern Miss Football: Cheer on our Golden Eagles as they take on South Florida at 2 p.m. Children from Palmer's Crossing will be joining Southern Miss students at the game; thanks to the Athletic Department and University Bookstore for their donations that made this possible. Also, those in pink shirts will collect money after the game for breast cancer research.

Other events will be occurring daily throughout the week, including the following:

  • Yoplait Yogurt Lids can be dropped off at Dining Services sites all week. Each lid results in money being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
  • Purchase pink cotton candy at the Hub on Monday and Tuesday from V.I.S.I.O.N. Proceeds support Breast Cancer Research.
  • Women's Studies will offer information on preventing Violence Against Women. There will be a booth in front of the Hub Monday and Friday from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Men of Excellence will have a Penny Drop to support Breast Cancer Research.
  • A voter registration booth will be set up in front of the Hub by the Speech Communication Association and other campus groups.
  • Alpha Tau Omega's Haunted House will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting at 7 p.m., with the $5 admission benefiting Habitat for Humanity.

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