MU Food Drive Honoring MLK Day
Students, faculty, and staff all came together to collect food for the entire month of January to honor MLK Day. Three hundred eighty one pounds of food, which equates to 318 meals, was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Fayetteville.
After breakfast and a pep rally, with President Hancock, Rev. Safley, MU Cheerleaders, and the Marching Monarchs Band in Huff Concert Hall, three hundred and eighty freshmen were charter bused to the following seventeen different local organizations for the inaugural MU Day of Service:
- Boys & Girls Clubs
- Cape Fear Botanical Garden
- Child Advocacy Center
- Designing Station
- Dream Center
- Fayetteville Area Protection Society (Animal Rescue Center)
- Fayetteville Manor Nursing Home
- Fayetteville Urban Ministry
- Habitat for Humanity Restore
- Haymount Nursing and Rehab
- Highland Presbyterian
- Interfaith Hospitality
- NC State Veterans Nursing Home
- Person St. United Methodist Church
- Salvation Army Retail Store
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Whispering Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
MU students and faculty jointly helped the City of Fayetteville in their annual campaign to make "Fayetteville Beautiful" by adopting a stretch of Ramsey St. this year. Students boarded buses to the Citywide Kick-Off Event where they listened to dignitaries give speeches and also to receive supplies, water, gloves, t-shirts, etc. They were then dropped off at different locations on Ramsey St. and cleaned their way back to MU. Dave Pauly, faculty, headed this up and hopes to make this an even larger event next year.
Sandhills Young Writers Contest
An opportunity for MU students to reach out to 35 local high schools and help create opportunities for creativity, education, and recognition. The winners of the contest and their teachers had the opportunity to come to MU campus to participate in workshops of their stories or poems and attend an award luncheon. This event was led by Brenda Jernigan, faculty, and Jamie Mulkern, student.
G.E.M.S. (Growing into an Essential Member of Society)
This was a successful Women's (16-21) Empowerment Conference hosted by Methodist's student Tina Nesbitt (Miss Black Fayetteville). The girls learned self-awareness, social skills, political awareness, and were educated in college preparation. Twenty-five young women's lives were touched. It was such a huge success that Tina has been invited to extend the G.E.M.S. empowerment sessions to the Pine Forest High School Mentor Program and Simon Temple Church youth ministries group. The Student Women's Association at Methodist has helped make this a sustainable project by adopting this program and hosting another one next year.
MLK Challenge Day
The Challenge that was accepted offered service opportunities to over 300 students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers who came together and participated in a day of giving back and helping others. There were 19 community organizations that benefitted from the volunteers. Comfort Care items were donated for the Red Cross and over 400 packages were made and given to the Red Cross. Also, the food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC totaled 210 pounds. That is equivalent to 175 meals!
401 Bypass Cleanup
The 401 Bypass Cleanup headed up by Dave Pauly, Forensic Science, and his CJFSA students, was a huge success! There were over 100 volunteers consisting of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The event was kicked off by Mayor Nat Robeson, and MU President, Ben Hancock. Five hundred bags of trash were filled in 2.5 hours. The event was so successful Dave Pauly is already working on another cleanup event.
Select organizations thru out the Fayetteville Area brought over 240 disadvantaged children to Methodist University where the Methodist Community transformed the Berns Student Center into a Winter Wonderland. Every child who attended also got a book, a free holiday photo printed, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause (and elves!), and enjoyed crafts. Additionally, eight children received a special holiday shopping award worth $75 and two families were given a $100 gift card for Food Lion to provide a holiday dinner. Feedback from children and parents was phenomenal - everyone who attended absolutely loved it." said Amanda Vosloh, Residential Coordinator. This was the second annual event held by Amanda Vosloh and sadly the last. But, we are hopeful to continue this annual event and wish her well.
Fayetteville Area Chamber of Commerce
Methodist University was approached by the Chamber to help with the Chambers New Members. MU Marketing students created four website designs and conducted two New Member Orientation Presentations for the newest members.
Fayetteville Urban Ministries
Nine Marketing students developed a Business Plan for Fayetteville Urban Ministries.
NC State Shave to Save
Nabanita Choudhury headed this project to give to the Locks of Love Foundation. Six heads were shaved (including Nabanita) and money was raised. It was a very successful event.
Operation In As Much (OIAM)
Students once again "Took a Swipe Out Of Hunger" by swiping their cards an extra time for OIAM. Due to the generosity of the MU Students this year 160 people were fed.
Freshmen Community Engagement Day
On August 24, 2013 we had 463 freshmen students participate in the first CE Day event on campus. The event was held inside and outside of the freshmen residential hall's. Forty nine students gave blood to Cape Fear Valley Health who brought their blood mobile on campus. One hundred ninety eight students participated in making crafts and cards for the Pediatric section of Cape Fear Valley Hospital. The crafts and cards are scheduled to be delivered to Cape Fear Valley Hospital on September 30, 2013. Two hundred sixteen freshmen signed up for future projects with the 14 different community organizations that came on campus for the event. All in all, it was a huge success and the beginning of many more CE Day Events!
Fayetteville Cumberland Parks and Rec
Youth Development Initiative - 30 teenagers were exposed to a "Day in the Life of an MU Student". They learned what the university has to offer them and how MU can make a difference for them. This was so well received Parks and Rec wants to come back next summer!
Child Advocacy Center
The Branch Manager of the 1st Citizens Bank wanted help getting the word out that April was "Child Abuse Awareness" month by distributing pinwheel pins around town. The project was headed up by Zachary Sweet and 3 student volunteers. The ending result was 340 pinwheels being distributed between 10 partnering agencies and 7 schools in the Fayetteville area.
PFHS Pilot Mentoring Program
Part 1: Methodist University Student Mentors (19 SWK students) trained PFHS 11th & 12th graders to be mentors to the 9th graders at PFHS. The goal was to help the freshmen students have a smooth transition into high school which will in turn increase their success in becoming sophomores. The assessment is in and the retention data looks positive. PFHS and Methodist are happy with results and will begin the program again in Fall 2013.
St. Joseph of the Pines LIFE (Living Independently for the Elderly)
The goal is to help improve individual’s health through exercise and socialization. Dr. Trey Hoyt is heading this up with his Exercise Science class. They will be developing an exercise program for the elderly and giving direction to the Directors of St. Joseph regarding what type of exercise equipment to purchase. Update: Exercise Science students in PXS 4100 have submitted their Equipment Purchase Proposal on April 12, 2013. The exercise program portion of the project was canceled.
March - April 2013
Fayetteville Area Chamber of Commerce
Forty-five students In the Marketing 470 Capstone course participated in developing marketing plans for MDM Real Estate, Independence Place, Cameo X and Hot Rod Tattoos. At the end of the semester students made their final presentations on their projects. Each marketing plan and presentation included the following: Executive Summary, Situation Analysis, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Mix, Financials, and Controls.
Fayetteville Arts Council
This was a great opportunity to volunteer! The Ann Frank Exhibit needed volunteers for everyday of the week to help with the exhibit. Volunteers were needed as greeters, docents, bookstore staff and bookstore managers. We had 5 volunteers for this project who spent 6-9 hours helping make the exhibit a success.
On March 7, 2013 Baldwin Elementary toured the MU Campus. All of the boys are "at risk" 4th & 5th graders who are in a mentoring program and have already visited FSU and Pembroke for the same purpose. There was a science project for them to complete, a guided tour of the campus, and a motivational gathering with student speakers. Sam Morrison headed this up. There were 4 student, and 9 faculty/staff volunteers for this project.
MLK Challenge Day
This project was a combined effort by Methodist, FTCC, and Fayetteville State. Sharonda Pugh from the Multicultural Dept. headed this up. It was a grant based challenge. The challenge was to complete service projects at various locations throughout Fayetteville by the end of the day that may have seemed a little bit out of reach at the beginning of the day. There were over 300 student/faculty/staff volunteers with 6 Methodist student leaders, 10 Fayetteville State student leaders, and 8 Fayetteville Tech student leaders.
A total of 22 students (Jane Gardiner's peer mentors and Sharon Kendrick's FYS class) spent a total of 85 hours cleaning the bikes and warehouse where the bikes are stored. Six hundred bikes were given away at the Great Bike Giveaway.
Ten AMA students designed and implemented this entire project which fed 150 homeless people. There were 400 swipes made and total amount raised was $700.00.
Pine Forest High School Pilot Mentoring Program
Part 2: A total of 20 SWK Students (Student Panels, Student Hosts) and 23 RMT Students (Event Planners) hosted 150 PFHS students on campus. The goal was to bring PFHS students on campus and have a workshop, meet our students, have roundtable discussions, eat lunch and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt. Part 1: PFHS Mentoring is ongoing thru Spring 2013 semester.
Grandparents Appreciation Dinner
Sixteen students planned the dinner to thank grandparents. One Hundred Eight grandparents were fed in conjunction with CCPFC.
Stop Hunger Now
Nine student leaders collected $280.69 in donations and headed up the packaging of 32,184 meals by 300 students/faculty in 4 hours. The meals were included in a shipment of 285,120 meals shipped to Kenya at the end of December 2012.
Forty five students spent a combined 84 hours to help 25 students get registered by providing registration tables throughout campus. Also, party debates were conducted and transportation to the voting polls was provided.
Peace One Day
"Please Don't Shoot Me" workshops were conducted by 9 students with a total of 75 participants at Methodist and Whispering Pines Nursing Home. The goal was to bring awareness to the community.
servSafe National Restaurant Certification
Six students from Dr. Sharon Kendrick's RMT class participated in this project to help the clients of Operation Inasmuch get food certified which would increase their chances of employment. Six of the eight people who took the class passed with honors. Four of the six were offered jobs in food service and supervision.