» Center for Community Engagement
» Volunteer & Service Projects
» The MU Journey
» Related Links
to the Center for Community Engagement!
On August 24, 2013, the "First Ever" Freshmen Community Orientation Day took place on the MU Campus for our incoming freshmen students. It took six months of behind-the-scenes planning to pull this event together. Originally, we had planned to use only Garber and Weaver Residential Halls, with between six and eight exhibitors. However, as the date drew nearer, more community exhibitors wanted to be a part of this event and to share their community engagement opportunities with our students. The event went from two residential halls to four in adding Sanford and Cumberland, and the parking lots in the front of those residential halls provided additional space.
The Community Engagement Day offered our First Year Students (FYS) the opportunity to meet with representatives from various organizations within the Region, to gain a better idea of what the organization does, and to ask, "What is the organization's greatest area of need when it comes to volunteerism and engaged learning opportunities?" The students then had the chance to sign-up to engage in programs that would enhance the student's awareness of community needs, and pinpoint the contributions they can directly make in our community.
We had over 300 students participate in the event that took them from making cards for area pediatric wards to seeing how students can make a difference in the lives of our young people by volunteering to be a mentor at one of our local high schools. The Cape Fear Valley Health System's Blood Mobile set up in front of Sanford and 49 students donated blood at the event. In Cumberland Residential Hall, 198 students created cards and crafts for area children in-need. Weaver and Garber Residential Halls hosted 19 community partners with display booths and project sign-up sheets. We had 216 students commit to service-learning projects with future community events.
The Office of Community Engagement wants to take the opportunity of thanking the team members that made our "First Ever" Freshmen Community Orientation happen: Barbara Morgan, Nan Fiebig, Shannon Alford, James Faison, Traves Hunter, Derrick Soellner, Todd Harris, Suzanne Langley, and Jane Gardiner. These committee team members worked to make sure that the program was of the highest quality, and as such, they gave invaluable insight into how our incoming freshmen students could be actively engaged with our local community organizations, and how they can make a difference in the lives of those around them. A very sincere thank you goes out to Crystal McNair-Moore from the United Way of Cumberland County and Erica Gordon from the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Their help in making this project happen was immeasurable. Thank you!
Our mission to get our students involved and engaged with service-learning projects has just started. The Center for Community Engagement looks forward to connecting more and more of our students with the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community.
For more information about Community Engagements and service-learning here at Methodist University or if you have a Community Engagement Project idea, please contact me.
Dr. Mark Kendrick '83