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When we, at the Community Engagement Center, first thought of this idea for having a "Testimonial Page", we really did not think we would have a great deal to share with you on a monthly basis. Guess what? We were wrong. Serving the community around Methodist University has exploded with students getting engaged from all over our campus. Since January 2013, we have been involved with over 44 Community Engagement Projects. Have connected with over 2,187 students and have put in more than 7,065 hours in directly making change in our community and making a positive impact in the lives of the people around us. Putting this into "real money" the work given to the Fayetteville and Cumberland County in the past twelve months, equals $49,455 in manpower hours donated to our community by Methodist University students and faculty. I do not think it gets any better than that.

There are countless projects I could share, that have been completed by MU students, in just the past few months, but at this time I would like to get you caught-up on their most current projects. Late last year a group of students came together and organized the first American Red Cross/Methodist University Club here on campus. The amazing thing about this organization getting started here at MU earlier this year is that no major disaster has recently taken place. The compassion of our students to help those around them is remarkable to say the last. We want to thank Brittany Savageau, MU Red Cross Club President, for her leadership in making this happen. On Feb 19, 2014, the Red Cross MU Club did their first fundraising project and raised $74. The fundraising project will continue this weekend at the basketball games. ALL THE MONIES RAISED GOES TO THE HIGHLANDS CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS RIGHT HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY! Please contact and ask her how you can get involved with the MU Red Cross Club. Your help is needed.

Another project, G.E.M.S. (Growing into an Essential Member of Society), has been undertaken and chaired by another one of our students, This project is in conjunction with the Enactus Group here at MU. One of the key things behind Tina's project is identifying young ladies in our community to help advance their Social Skills, Political Awareness, and Self-Awareness Skills, and to develop a future goal path for each of them to follow. Ms. Nesbitt is planning to launch this project in the "MARCH" time frame of this year and needs the support of other MU students on campus. This will be a project held on campus with several workshops and open discussions being held. Posters will be going up around campus announcing this project soon. Please contact Ms. Tina Nesbitt and tell her to count you in on this project.

We are always looking at sponsoring projects with our students, faculty and staff. If you have any ideas or would like to talk about your community engagement project, please give us a call at 480-8474 or I am looking forward to helping you launch your project proposals. Take some time and think about a project that you could sink your teeth into.

The Center for Community Engagement needs your ideas and contributions.

Yours in Community Engagement,

Mark Kendrick, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Community Engagement