Monthly Archives: January 2009

Sustainability Task Force Formed

A task force formed in January to support environmental sustainability issues on Wesleyan’s campus and within the Strategic Plan of the college. The task force is represented by faculty, staff and students from various campus departments: Bonner Scholars, Biology, Campus Life, Community Engagement, Dining Services, Environmental Science, Green Club, Housing, Mathematics, Physical Plant, SIFE and the Vice President of Finance. In addition to supporting this institutional initiative, the task force will also be sponsoring campus events to raise awareness about various issues associated with sustainability, such as recycling and conservation of resources. (


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New Wiki for Wesleyan Bonners

As part of a new Serve 2.0 initiative adopted by the Bonner Foundation, the Wesleyan Bonner Scholars recently created a wiki to better serve students and the program by making many of their projects and resources available online. Using the wiki, students can submit reflections, connect with other students’ blogs, and collaborate on planning documents for various projects and events. (

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2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. “Celebration of Service”

On January 19, 2009, the WVWC campus community gathered in Wesley Chapel for the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Celebration of Service’ to honor those who serve communities local to global, and to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of social justice. For the past year, the award winners not only engaged in service-related activities, but also research, advocacy, service-learning and social justice projects and events. The awards and respective winners are listed below!

1. “Do All the Good You Can” Award

WinnersDr. Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, Cara Clarke, Professor Kelly Hughes, Cietta McCoy and Lucy Swecker

2. “Unsung Hero Award

Winners: Becca Bumgardner, Brandon Cale, Dr. Marvin Carr, Dr. Robert Rupp and Corey Nau

3. “Excellence in Leadership” Award

Winner: Kitty Correal

4. “Outstanding Commitment to Service” Award

Winner: Zeta Tau Alpha

5. Presidential “Positive Influence” Award

Honorable MentionKappa Phi

Winner: Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

6. Presidential “Wesleyan Citizenship” Award

Winner: Travis Rexroad

Many thanks to everyone who serves our communities! 🙂

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Long, Meadows and Yousey Travel Abroad for International Global Citizenship Seminar

In January 2009, Drs. Kathleen Long, Melody Meadows and Kimberly Yousey traveled to Austria for the Salzburg Global Seminar centered on the practice and integration of international service within travel abroad opportunities. As part of the Mellon Fellow Community Initiative Grant, awarded to Wesleyan in January 2008, the attendees also worked on the GAINS (Global Awareness for Infusing Networks of Service) program that links Wesleyan’s international travel courses with the institution’s new initiative in community engagement to advance its mission of world citizenship. This was the second year that Wesleyan attended the seminar at Salzburg.

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Plans Begin for 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards

MLK2009In January 2008, the Chapel Office and office of Community Engagement initiated the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards to recognize members of the Wesleyan campus and Buckhannon-Upshur community who had demonstrated a commitment to service and civic engagement. With positive feedback received by both the Wesleyan and Buckhannon-Upshur communities, the Chapel Office and the CCE are partnering again to plan the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards to be held January 19, 2009 at 7pm in Wesley Chapel. The nomination process will be opened to all members of the campus community, and recipients will be selected by a committee consisting of Wesleyan student leaders, faculty and staff. 

Check back soon for a link to the new online nomination form!

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REAP Grant Awarded to WVWC


In July 2008, three faculty and staff members at WVWC applied for a REAP Grant, funded by the Department of Environmental Protection, to enhance recycling efforts on campus. The team was notified in December 2008 that they had received $6,500.00 for Wesleyan’s recycling initiative. Dr. Kimberly Bjorgo-Thorne, Assistant Professor of Biology, Evey Hepinger, Coordinator of Bonner Scholars and Student Employment, and Brooke Rawson, AmeriCorps VISTA, traveled to Kanawha City, WV to receive the award from Governor Joe Manchin III. The funds provided will assist in the purchase of new recycling bins and liners for campus, as well as promotional materials to encourage the Wesleyan community to increase current recycling efforts. 

Pictured above, left to right: Rawson, Hepinger, Bjorgo-Thorne, Governor Joe Manchin III

(Link to WVWC press release.)

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