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Feb. 10, 2003
RAISE YOUR VOICE WEEK PROMOTES STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
OSWEGO -- Encouraging student involvement is the goal of Raise Your Voice Week, organized by SUNY Oswego's Center for Service Learning and Community Service and the Student Association, from Feb. 17 to 21.
The campus will join students across the country in a drive for involvement launched by Campus Compact, a coalition committed to the civic purposes of higher education through the promotion of community service. SUNY Oswego is a founding member of the New York Campus Compact, and President Deborah F. Stanley serves on its executive committee.
Nationwide, Campus Compact aims to engage more than 100,000 students on over 600 campuses in civic responsibilities and volunteering in their communities during Raise Your Voice -- A Week of Action.
On a local level, creating awareness is the main objective of the upcoming week, said Christy Huynh, the new director of the college's Center for Service Learning and Community Service.
All students are encouraged to attend activities and to take up the challenge of building a stronger community through volunteering, voting, participating and communicating with fellow students in an environment that can be mutually beneficial, organizers said. Local activities are made possible by a $700 grant from the New York State Campus Compact.
"It's time for a change, a time where all fraternities, sororities and other organizations can come together for a common goal," said Danielle Welch, a student staff member at the center.
An ongoing drive collecting food and toiletries for local food pantries will accept donations at a special booth in Hewitt Union from Monday through Thursday, Huynh said.
"Volunteering for a Lifetime," at 6 p.m. Monday in the basement of Hart Hall, will feature speakers from international and national volunteer programs sharing their stories and discussing long-term volunteer opportunities.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hewitt Union main lounge, "Raise Your Voice" will present students speaking out about what is important to them through music, poetry and stories.
Representatives from local organizations will showcase involvement opportunities for students at a Volunteer Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Hewitt Union main lounge.
The week will wrap up with "Higher Learning," a movie, pizza and discussion night, at 6 p.m. Friday in Riggs and Hart halls.
For more information, call the Center for Service Learning and Community Service at 312-5360 or visit the campaign's national Web site, www.actionforchange.org.
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