Monthly Archives: November 2008

Operation Christmas Child

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Hello Everyone!

This week is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child! OCC is a global service project organized by Samaritan’s Purse that allows anyone – individuals to large groups – to participate by filling shoe boxes full of gifts and necessities for young girls and boys that live in impoverished areas across the world. Over the years, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered about 61 million boxes!

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Want to get started? There are a few steps to follow to complete a box:

* Use an empty shoe box or a small plastic container. Feel free to wrap your gift in holiday wrapping, but make sure to wrap the lid separately from the box.

* Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Mark this on your box in some way.

* Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child, such as toys and school supplies, and necessity items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

* Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box.

* Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Center for Community Engagement during our collection week [November 17-24].

For more information, stop by the Center for Community Engagement, which is located directly across from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Benedum Campus Center, or email the CCE at wvwcservice@wvwc.edu.

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For more information from Samaritan’s Purse on this amazing global service project, go here:
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/occ/

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For the WVWC story, written by Allison Shaw, follow this link! 🙂

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2008 Engaging Our World Conference

This fall, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Oxfam America co-hosted the 2008 Engaging Our World Conference in conjunction with the 2008 Bonner Scholars Fall Congress Meeting. 300 students, administrators and organization representatives from 65 campuses and 20 organizations came to Wesleyan’s campus October 24-26, 2008 to attend workshops and events centered on social justice, as well as the keynote speaker on Saturday evening, Raj Patel.

Friday, October 24th, the conference began with a welcoming session – both to welcome everyone to West Virginia Wesleyan and to the amazing conference starting that evening. Student leaders on the EOW Planning Committee introduced themselves, as well as a short video to discuss EOW and Bonner Congress as one event. (See video below!) Also, Dr. Eric Waggoner, one half of the duo “The Frets”, sang and performed a couple songs for the audience centered around political engagement.

Saturday, October 25th, the workshops started early that day (8.15a!) covering all types of topics from homeless voting rights to fair vs. free trade, and social media to mountain top removal. At lunch and in the late afternoon, organization representatives set up their tables in French A. See Dining Hall to get students energized in social justice topics like political research, Ugandan genocide, mountaintop removal and legislation to end poverty – just to name a few! Following the Organizational Fair, EOW attendees ate an “Eat So They Can” dinner in which campus groups donate and cook delicious food, and the admission for the dinner goes toward one international and one local non-profit.

That evening, Kitty Correal, a junior International Studies major, and Dr. Kim Yousey, Dean of Community Engagement, welcomed on stage Raj Patel as the 2008 EOW Keynote Speaker. Patel, a journalist, food policy expert and author of the book Stuffed and Starved, spoke to a large crowd in Wesley Chapel about the systems in the world food market that negatively affect the distribution of food, as well as everything attached to it: quality/quantity of food, the global economy, poverty, the environment, fuel, consumerism and so on. Following his talk, the students in the audience engaged in a dynamic Q&A session. For more information about Raj, please go to: www.apbspeakers.com.

Immediately following Raj’s talk, three female Wesleyan students – Cara Clark, Jennifer Jones and Emily Zahn – performed their rendition of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”. Zahn commented, “‘Vagina Monologues’ helps to raise awareness on abuse and injustice so it was important to do this show at a social justice conference. ” The show is also a part of the charity “V-Day”. For more information on what the show is about, or if you are interested in the “V-Day” organization, please follow this link.

Sunday, October 26, signaled the closing of the EOW conference with guests Wayne Meisel, President of the Bonner Foundation, and Senator John Unger II, WV State Senator, speaking to a crowd of attendees in Wesley Chapel. Both Meisel and Unger addressed how students can impact civic and community engagement on their campuses and beyond. Furthermore, both stressed the importance to not only vote in the upcoming presidential election, but to also hold whichever candidate accountable for actual, positive “change” after November 4th.

The EOW Planning Committee would like to thank everyone who not only attended EOW and Bonner Congress, but also those who helped plan this amazing conference. We could not have done this without your passion and dedication!

Also, a special thanks to Oxfam America and West Virginia Wesleyan College for their amazing support. 🙂

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Here is the video that we presented at the welcoming session!

Directed by Chaz Barracks and Rachel “RJ” Stackpole – Students of WVWC.

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Decision ’08 Presidential Results

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Go vote – it’s Election Day! 🙂

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