National Day of Remembrance and Service
Students living in the halls teamed up with Residential Life to prepare 350 appreciation bags to first responders and those serving in the armed forces. Appreciation bags were filled with candy, snack bars, and notes of appreciation to the Jacksonville Police and Fire Departments, Morgan County Underwater Dive and Rescue, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Services, Passavant Area Hospital, Air Evac, South Jacksonville Fire and Police Departments, Life Star Ambulance and American Ambulance. Students also attended a 911 ceremony where first responders and military were recognized for their heroic efforts and offered words of appreciation.
Student organizations and campus offices supporting this event include: Art Club, CEA, Circle K, Gamma Delta, Gamma Nu, Japanese Club, the Modern Languages House and OXFAM. We would also like to thank the following offices and individuals for supporting this event: Chartwells, the Center for Student Involvement, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of Community Engagement & Service, the Office of Religious Life & Katrina Jenkins, Facilities, Marketing & Public Relations, the Schewe Library, the Office of Student Life and Almut Spalding Director of Study Abroad & BreakAways.
Walk for Water
Twenty-four students and several community members came together to raise awareness about water insecurity around the world. This activity organized by CEA (Coalition for Ethnic Awareness) and OXFAM is an awareness-raising event where students are invited to walk 1-mile to a clean watering source fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and then make the return 1-mile trip carrying the water. This activity demonstrates what women and girls in developing countries walk every day in-order to get clean water.
Town Brook Clean-up
Thirty-eight students participated in the City of Jacksonville’s Town Brook Shoreline Clean-up. Students worked along city officials and community leaders to remove trash and debris from a portion of the three-mile brook which meanders through the center of the city. Students helped to fill a 10-yard dumpster with unwanted items from the brook. Professor Zettler’s class and students from APO, ICE, Circle K and Sigma Pi participated in this community project.
Greek Weekend of Service
Greeked Lettered Organizations (APO, Chi Beta, Gamma Delta, Gamma Nu, Phi Alpha, Pi Pi Rho, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Pi) worked together in the community to fill 120 volunteer spots and gave over 172 volunteer hours to six different community organizations. Activities including purchasing and making Brown Bag Lunches, sorting clothing for the Salvation Army Thrift Store, releasing sandbags on the levee in Meredosia, painting fences at Community Park, helping with Rotary Oktoberfest and preparing Starhill Forest Arboretum for fall weather.
Project Clean Plate
Project Clean Plate is designed to demonstrate how much food is wasted on a daily basis and how food waste has financial, environmental, nutritional and societal implications. This project is led by Chartwell's student intern in partnership with the Office of Community Engagement and Service and Chartwell's Dining Services. Each day for a week, students are asked to scrape unwanted food remaining on their plates into a bucket to visually show students how much food is wasted on a daily basis. Students also receive educational handouts on topic which organizations on campus are passionate about. This year, OXFAM, Colleges Against Cancer, IC Environmentalists, Real Deal Finance and Peer Health Educators participated.