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WVWC Staff and Students Attend 2009 Summer Leadership Institute

StetsonUnivFrom June 3-6, 2009, CCE staff and two Bonner Scholar students attended the 2009 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) held at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. The conference this year focused on how students can turn the issues they’re passionate about into measurable impact in their communities.

LeeAnn Brown, Evey  Hepinger and Brooke Rawson (CCE Staff) collaborated with other Bonner Scholar and Leader schools on specific issue areas, and presented workshops on current initiatives at WV Wesleyan. (See workshop titles below.) Students Elizabeth Gain and Danielle Mullins represented WVWC as Bonner Congress Representatives, networking and collaborating with other college and university Reps on national issues, such as Youth Development.

Both the CCE staff and students gained a wealth of knowledge and ideas from the experience, which will result in a deeper focus on issues and community impact this coming year. Specifically within Youth Development, students Gain and Mullins will be working with peers to develop a new program that will help Buckhannon-Upshur high school students prepare for college.

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Workshops Presented by CCE Staff and WVWC Bonner Scholars:

  • Community Gardens: a Project to Promote Sustainability, Food Security, Healthy Living, and Civic Participation – Brooke Rawson (Co-Presenter with 4 other schools)
  • Expanding Global Understanding through a Belizean Experience – Evey Hepinger, Elizabeth Gain, Danielle Mullins
  • Resources and Opportunities: Growing a Campus Wide Community Engagement Program – LeeAnn Brown, Evey Hepinger, Brooke Rawson

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Trayless Tuesdays in Effect

In an effort to increase sustainability on campus, every Tuesday for the past month has been “trayless” in Aladdin’s cafeteria. Sponsored by the Sustainbility Task Force – a group of faculty, staff and students – Trayless Tuesdays are just the first step towards building a “greener” campus.

To learn more about why Wesleyan has gone “trayless” on Tuesdays, check out the following video:

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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. (http://wvwcsustainability.pbwiki.com)

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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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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

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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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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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