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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.


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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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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Operation Christmas Child


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!


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


For more information from Samaritan’s Purse on this amazing global service project, go here:


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:

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. 🙂


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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Kitty Travels to India

Kitty Correal, a junior at WVWC, will travel to India to serve as a teacher’s aide in three different schools:

I am leaving on the May 29, 2008 and will arrive in India on the 31st (Indian time). While there, I will be staying on the Balar Kalvi campus where the three schools I will work at are located.

The Anita School for Matriculation is an English speaking school that also has an interact program that I hope to participate in. The Balar Kalvi school is a Tamil speaking school and the Opportunity School is a school for the mentally handicapped. I will be helping out all three schools during my time there by assisting the teachers and heads of the schools in whatever they need me to do. I will be located in Chennai, India (which used to be Madras) in the state Tamil Nadu (southern India). I hope to be there until the middle of July, because I would like to travel a bit before I come home August 5th.

For a more detailed account of Kitty’s service trip, please visit the WVWC press release written by Bob Skinner, director of marketing and communication.

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Wesleyan to Host “Engaging Our World”

West Virginia Wesleyan College and Oxfam America will co-host the 2008 “Engaging Our World” Conference this October in Buckhannon, WV!

This will mark the fourth annual “Engaging Our World” conference. Previously, the conference has been held at the University of Louisville, Berea College and Wofford College. The conference will be supported in various ways by Oxfam America, the Bonner Foundation, state and national organizations and student-led campus groups, and will be coordinated by students at WVWC.

Every year the students who attend this conference strive to have a greater understanding of the issues facing our world today, and how to effectively work toward solving those issues. The conference offers information and opportunities for students to get involved in many issues of social justice awareness, and to bring this awareness and ‘plans for action’ back to their individual campuses. Wesleyan students attended the conference last year at Wofford College and it has inspired our school to take up the cause this year. Motivated students and faculty have stepped up to assist in the planning process and are passionate about making this conference a reality.

Please check back later this summer for more information and a link to the conference website!

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