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Center for Community Engagement Holds MU Day of Service in Memory of Mike Sinkovitz and Jesse Smith
Oct. 4, 2014

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 1st annual 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

Mike Sinkovitz
Mike was a former longtime employee of Methodist University.  Mike was a retired Master Sergeant in the US Army.  He led Vietnamese soldiers during the Vietnam War.  Mike came to Methodist University originally as a part time football coach.  Later he was hired as a full time coach then became the Intramural Director for the University.  Mike became known as the “go to” person to solve problems for students and serve as their advocate.  Mike led many trips for the Outdoor Adventure Club.  Mike also had his construction license.  Therefore, undertook numerous campus construction projects that included; the football stadium seats, the outdoor volleyball courts and stage with lights, the deck on Chris’s House and many more.  Mike was a friend to students.  Mike was well liked and highly respected by faculty, staff and students.

Jesse Smith
Jesse was a former employee of Methodist University.  Jesse was retired from the US Army.  Jesse was the first employed full time tutor and academic support staff person for at risk students.  He developed the first academic success program for students.  Jesse was well liked and spent many hours working with individual students facilitating their success.  Jesse along with Mike Sinkovitz began the wood cutting project where MU students would cut, split and deliver wood to families in Cumberland County who heated with wood.  This community engagement project became a tradition at MU for a number of years.