BGSU community to begin centennial year with day of service
BGSU will make Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, the kickoff service event for the University's centennial celebration, which will honor our 100 years of education by contributing 1 million hours of service.
The Office of Service-Learning joins over 75 other universities across the nation in completing the MLK Service Challenge to honor King and his work in the community. Campus organizations will partner with community agencies to provide help.
Participation is open to all faculty, staff and students, as individuals or groups. The service-learning office is anticipating 250 volunteers at 15 service sites.
Registered volunteers will work as a team to accomplish a community service "challenge" at a local nonprofit agency. The team challenges will remain a mystery until the day of the event, and each team will be required to utilize its talents and skills to complete the challenge. This is a great way to apply problem-solving skills, meet new people and contribute to the Bowling Green community, says Dr. Jane Rosser, service-learning director.
The number of volunteer slots is limited. The service-learning office strongly suggests registrations be completed by Thursday (Jan. 14). Questions about the projects and the day of service can be directed to the Office of Service-Learning Civic Action Leaders Program, CivicActionLead@bgsu.edu
The day of service will be made possible with the financial support of the University Bookstore, the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development, University Libraries, the University Activities Organization, Offenhauer Tower Service Committee, the Office of Campus Activities, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, the Alumni Association and Drs. Deanne Snavely and Jane Rosser, in addition to Coca-Cola and the Bowling Green city transit department.
This event would also not be possible without in-kind donations from the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Continuing and Extended Education, the theatre and film department and the geology department, along with Coca-Cola, the Enclave, First United Methodist Church, Screen Printed Products, Dinky’s Pizza, Campus Pollyeyes, Myles Pizza, Papa Johns, Pagliai’s, Pizza Hut, Pisanello’s and Wal-Mart.
More than 1,000 students and community members enjoyed the music of Gavin DeGraw, Michelle Branch and Red Wanting Blue at the Jan. 10 Centennial Concert. Check out the photo gallery at http://tinyurl.com/y8unxrd.
Our enrollment efforts are paying off. On Jan. 10, BGSU received the 10,419th fall freshman application for fall 2010, surpassing the total freshman applications in 2009. The University has increased its off-campus recruiting events by 86 percent over last year and more than doubled its on-campus events. Now the work begins to convert these applicants into enrolled students.