Summer of Service photo contest

APPLES intern Caroyn Ebeling East Coast Greenway Alliance 1UNC students do great things during the summer – and great things in service. In celebration of that work, the Carolina Center for Public Service would like to share what you did this summer in service.

WHAT: Summer of Service photo contest. Did you work with a community organization or engage in service in a meaningful way this summer? If so, we invite you to share photos of how you spent your summer in service

WHO: All UNC students who engaged in public service during the summer are invited to share their service photos.

WHEN: Starting July 17 through Aug. 18, 2015, students may submit and share their photos.

HOW: UNC students should tweet their Summer of Service photos to @UNCServes with the hashtag #uncserves. APPLES Service-Learning (@UNC_APPLES) and Buckley Public Service Scholars (@ServiceScholars) will retweet photos. Photos can also be sent to ccps@unc.edu to be tweeted by the Carolina Center for Public Service. High resolution and action photos are best (action photos are defined as anything that shows the student/organization actively engaged in a service-oriented task/project). Please make sure to review any policies and procedures about photographing your work with your supervisor and have a signed photos release/authorization where necessary.

EXTRA: We know UNC students do amazing things in service and we are excited to share your experiences. One photo will be selected the first week of classes and the winning student will receive a $20 gift certificate to UNC Student Stores. The winning photo will also be posted to the CCPS website.

Questions? Contact ccps@unc.edu. We look forward to seeing how you spent your summer in service!

Public Service News 7/13/2015

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES Service-Learning Initiative

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/31- Strowd Roses Request for Proposals
Conference presentation opportunity

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

7/13 – Move-In Weekend volunteers needed
Carolina Meadows Retirement Community seeks volunteer

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVE

The Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is a unique student-led orientation to service-learning that provides incoming first-year and transfer students with an immersive introduction to the array of service opportunities in and around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. SLI 2015 will take place Aug. 12-14. See What to Expect for a draft schedule. Application deadline is Monday, July 20. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Contact Ryan Nilsen with questions.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/31- Strowd Roses Request for Proposals

Strowd Roses, Inc. is accepting grant proposals through July 31 from qualified tax-exempt organizations that are based in Chapel Hill or Carrboro or are devoted primarily to benefit the citizens of those communities. Grants may also be made to individuals engaged in projects designed to enhance the local community. For more information and to apply, visit strowdroses.org. For questions, contact Eileen Ferrell.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITY

Each year, SCALE in the School of Education hosts the Read.Write.Act. virtual conference to connect college students, community members, program administrators and nonprofit professionals around issues of literacy and social justice. Proposals for one-hour webinar-based workshops are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit SCALE.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

7/13 – MOVE-IN WEEKEND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The University welcomes new students and families to the Carolina Community. Faculty, staff, students, and officially recognized UNC departments and student organizations are invited to welcome our newest Tar Heels during Move-In Weekend, Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15. Duties include greeting new Tar Heel students and families, and helping move students into residence halls. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt and boxed lunch. Volunteer shifts are Friday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 14, noon – 4 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 15, noon – 4 p.m. Volunteers may sign up online as an individual or as a group/organization. Sign up deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 13.

CAROLINA MEADOWS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY SEEKS VOLUNTEER

Looking for a volunteer opportunity in Chapel Hill throughout the year? Carolina Meadows Retirement Community seeks an individual who can spare an hour once a week as a game night coordinator. Weekly game night group consists of four to six residents who will appreciate the company. This is a laid back, simple and rewarding opportunity. If interested, contact Katherine Simkins.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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APPLES intern works with community partner to share message and vision

APPLES intern Caroyn Ebeling East Coast Greenway Alliance 1

By Elise Dilday

A narrow pedestrian bridge stretches across Interstate 40, breaking up the monotony of green exit signs and asphalt.

This bridge, part of the American Tobacco Trail that extends throughout the Triangle, is also part of the larger East Coast Greenway, a 2,900-mile greenway system stretching from Maine to Florida. Carolyn Ebeling ‘17 is currently completing an APPLES summer internship with the nonprofit organization that oversees the maintenance of this greenway, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA).

Ebeling was first introduced to APPLES when she enrolled in a public relations service-learning course. With a background in women’s studies, Ebeling did not go into her summer internship with extensive knowledge of greenways. She had never heard of the ECGA before applying, but once she did, it quickly became her first choice.

“I wanted to know more about their goal and how they planned to achieve it,” Ebeling said.

Ebeling’s work includes managing the Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts for the Alliance, where she posts about ECGA events. This summer the Alliance is partnering with two youth cycling groups – Triangle Bicycle Works and BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia) – that are embarking July 11 on a bicycle tour of the Gullah Geechee Historic Corridor that extends along the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
“The ride is about 770 miles and will take two weeks, and we are doing a lot of press and preparing for that,” Ebeling said.

APPLES intern Caroyn Ebeling East Coast Greenway Alliance 3She also shared that her prior communications experience helps her in this internship. “I feel that communications is one aspect that really allows people to connect with the trail and understand everything that goes into creating a 2,900 mile off-road trail.

“I feel like I am helping the Alliance get its message and vision out to people who may not know about it otherwise.”

Ebeling is interested in pursuing work in the nonprofit sector after graduation. Although she has been most interested in working with a women’s center or rape crisis center in the future, she is now considering working for an environmental nonprofit after her experience this summer.

“I really like the close-knit environment and passion that everyone has for their work,” she said.

Community partners interested in hosting an intern can apply through the APPLES Service-Learning program. Students can apply for spring and summer internships in the fall semester. To learn more about APPLES internships, visit APPLES online.

Public Service News 6/29/2015

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES Service-Learning Initiative

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – 2015-16 Johnson Service Corps
Conference presentation opportunity
Become an SAGA Fellow

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

7/13 – Move-In Weekend volunteers needed
Volunteer at the Farmers Market
Carolina Meadows Retirement Community seeks volunteer

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVE

The Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is a unique student-led orientation to service-learning that provides incoming first-year and transfer students with an immersive introduction to the array of service opportunities in and around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. SLI 2015 will take place Aug. 12-14. See What to Expect for a draft schedule. Application deadline is Monday, July 20. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Contact Ryan Nilsen with questions.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – 2015-16 JOHNSON SERVICE CORPS

Johnson Service Corps (JSC) is recruiting young adults (ages 21-29) for a year of service and leadership development. Corps members of diverse backgrounds come from all over the country for this intensive and transformational year-long experience. Each corps member works 32 hours per week at a local social justice placement in Chapel Hill, Carrboro or Durham, North Carolina and participates one day per week in JSC’s leadership development curriculum. Rolling admissions are accepted through June 22.
Apply online at Episcopal Service Corps.

Conference presentation opportunity

Each year, SCALE in the School of Education hosts the Read.Write.Act. virtual conference to connect college students, community members, program administrators and nonprofit professionals around issues of literacy and social justice. Proposals for one-hour webinar-based workshops are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit SCALE.

BECOME AN SAGA FELLOW


SAGA Innovations seeks applicants for its fellows program in Chicago and New York City. This full time, in-school professional math tutoring opportunity builds off of a large-scale, randomized clinical research study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab. For details and to apply, visit SAGA Innovations.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

7/13 – Move-In Weekend volunteers needed

The University welcomes new students and families to the Carolina Community. Faculty, staff, students, and officially recognized UNC departments and student organizations are invited to welcome our newest Tar Heels during Move-In Weekend, Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15. Duties include greeting new Tar Heel students and families, and helping move students into residence halls. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt and boxed lunch. Volunteer shifts are Friday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 14, noon – 4 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 15, noon – 4 p.m. Volunteers may sign up online as an individual or as a group/organization. Sign up deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 13.

VOLUNTEER AT THE FARMERS MARKET

Farmer Foodshare is a nonprofit that connects people who grow food with people who need food. The Donation Station operates out of the farmers markets in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Volunteers are needed to staff a table at the market from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday mornings and 3 – 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Contact Katy Phillips for more information

Carolina Meadows Retirement Community seeks volunteer

Looking for a volunteer opportunity in Chapel Hill throughout the year? Carolina Meadows Retirement Community seeks an individual who can spare an hour once a week as a game night coordinator. Weekly game night group consists of four to six residents who will appreciate the company. This is a laid back, simple and rewarding opportunity. If interested, contact Katherine Simkins.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 6/15/2015

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES Service-Learning Initiative

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – 2015-16 Johnson Service Corps
6/30 – Global Take Off: Puerto Rico
Become an SAGA Fellow
TABLE needs summer PR intern

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer at the Farmers Market
July 4th volunteers needed
Join the Tar Heel Grad Guides

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVE

The Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is a unique student-led orientation to service-learning that provides incoming first-year and transfer students with an immersive introduction to the array of service opportunities in and around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. SLI 2015 will take place Aug. 12-14. See What to Expect for a draft schedule. Application deadline is Monday, July 20. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Contact Ryan Nilsen with questions.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – 2015-16 Johnson Service Corps

Johnson Service Corps (JSC) is recruiting young adults (ages 21-29) for a year of service and leadership development. Corps members of diverse backgrounds come from all over the country for this intensive and transformational year-long experience. Each corps member works 32 hours per week at a local social justice placement in Chapel Hill, Carrboro or Durham, North Carolina and participates one day per week in JSC’s leadership development curriculum. Rolling admissions are accepted through June 22.
Apply online at Episcopal Service Corps.

6/30 – GLOBAL TAKE OFF: PUERTO RICO

The Center for Global Initiatives launches Global Take Off: Puerto Rico as part of a campus collaboration to increase participation in global opportunities. This faculty-led opportunity will take a group of students to Puerto Rico over fall break, October 14-18, 2015 to introduce them to global travel. For details, visit Global Take Off: Puerto Rico.

Become an SAGA Fellow


SAGA Innovations seeks applicants for its fellows program in Chicago and New York City. This full time, in-school professional math tutoring opportunity builds off of a large-scale, randomized clinical research study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab. For details and to apply, visit SAGA Innovations.

TABLE NEEDS SUMMER PR INTERN

TABLE is a nonprofit that provides healthy food to local, food-insecure children and is located at 205 W. Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro (on bus route). Intern tasks include assisting the PR team with social media, press releases, organizing/planning for future events and working with Google Analytics. The intern will work eight to 10 hours per week. Intern candidates should have experience with PR/event planning and social media, exemplary organization and communication skills and the ability to work independently. For details, contact Ashton Tippins.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer at the Farmers Market

Farmer Foodshare is a nonprofit that connects people who grow food with people who need food. The Donation Station operates out of the farmers markets in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Volunteers are needed to staff a table at the market from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday mornings and 3 – 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Contact Katy Phillips for more information

JULY 4TH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department needs volunteers for its upcoming July 4th Celebration, Saturday July 4. Volunteers are needed to help with various event tasks. To volunteer, complete the online volunteer form. For questions, contact Craig Wolfe or call 919-918-7376.

JOIN THE TAR HEEL GRAD GUIDES

The Tar Heel Grad Guides are a group of current Carolina graduate and professional students who provide tours to prospective and new Carolina graduate and professional students. Guides provide one to two tours a week across the UNC Campus as a services to the Carolina community. We are looking for new guides to join us. For questions, contact India Dunn.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 6/1/2015

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES Service-Learning Initiative

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – Global Take Off: Puerto Rico
TABLE needs summer PR intern
Washington, D.C. food access internship

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/23 -Science Network Workshop Series

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

6/2 & 3 – End of Grade test proctors needed
6/6 – Volunteer for Orange County Fishing Rodeo
July 4th volunteers needed
Join the Tar Heel Grad Guides
Ronald McDonald House development volunteer needed
Volunteer for orientation Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event
Community Empowerment Fund advocate program
Summer service-learning opportunity
Volunteer with UNC Fitness Breaks

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES SERVICE-LEARNING INITIATIVE

The Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is a unique student-led orientation to service-learning that provides incoming first-year and transfer students with an immersive introduction to the array of service opportunities in and around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. SLI 2015 will take place Aug. 12-14. See What to Expect for a draft schedule. Application deadline is Monday, July 20. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Contact Ryan Nilsen with questions.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – Global Take Off: Puerto Rico

The Center for Global Initiatives launches Global Take Off: Puerto Rico as part of a campus collaboration to increase participation in global opportunities. This faculty-led opportunity will take a group of students to Puerto Rico over fall break, October 14-18, 2015 to introduce them to global travel. For details, visit Global Take Off: Puerto Rico.

TABLE needs summer PR intern

TABLE is a nonprofit that provides healthy food to local, food-insecure children and is located at 205 W. Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro (on bus route). Intern tasks include assisting the PR team with social media, press releases, organizing/planning for future events and working with Google Analytics. The intern will work eight to 10 hours per week. Intern candidates should have experience with PR/event planning and social media, exemplary organization and communication skills and the ability to work independently. For details, contact Ashton Tippins.

WASHINGTON, D.C. FOOD ACCESS INTERNSHIP

Community Foodworks operates the Columbia Heights and Historic Brookland Farmers Markets in Washington, D.C. and manages a portfolio of food access and education programs that serve thousands of low-income community members. Community Foodworks seeks an undergraduate summer intern to support the market’s food access and education efforts. For job description and to apply, email Christina Chauvenet.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/23 -Science Network Workshop Series

Join the Union of Concerned Scientists for online trainings on using storytelling to share science. Learn from experts about how to craft a compelling story that speaks to your audience. 101: Step Out of the Silo: Science through a Community and Social Justice Lens will be presented at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Join to hear practical advice and learn best practices from active community leaders and scientists on ways your research could have greater application in your community and how to communicate and collaborate on scientific initiatives. For details, visit Science Network Workshop Series.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

6/2 & 3 – End of Grade test proctors needed

Neal Middle School in Durham, North Carolina needs volunteers to serve as proctors for its upcoming End of Grade tests. Volunteers are needed 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday, June 2 and 3. To volunteer, contact Belinda Proctor or call 919-560-3955.

6/6 – Volunteer for Orange County Fishing Rodeo

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department seeks volunteers for its Orange County Fishing Rodeo Saturday, June 6 in Hillsborough at Strayhorn’s Pond. Volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Roles include setup, registration, fishing, participant’s lunch and take down with clean up. For more information or to volunteer, contact Craig Wolfe or call 919-918-7376.

July 4th volunteers needed

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department needs volunteers for its upcoming July 4th Celebration, Saturday July 4. Volunteers are needed to help with various event tasks. To volunteer, complete the online volunteer form. For questions, contact Craig Wolfe or call 919-918-7376.

Join the Tar Heel Grad Guides

The Tar Heel Grad Guides are a group of current Carolina graduate and professional students who provide tours to prospective and new Carolina graduate and professional students. Guides provide one to two tours a week across the UNC Campus as a services to the Carolina community. We are looking for new guides to join us. For questions, contact India Dunn.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER NEEDED

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill seeks a motivated and detailed oriented volunteer for the summer and fall of 2015 to help with various data entry and donor tracking projects. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is strongly preferred but training will be provided. Schedule can be flexible and work is expected to take two to four hours per a week. For details, contact Cathy.

VOLUNTEER FOR ORIENTATION STOP HUNGER NOW MEAL PACKAGING EVENT

The New Student & Carolina Parent Programs (NSCPP) needs volunteers to help staff the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events that happen twice a week starting June 1. All events are held in the Student Union Great Hall. If you are available for any of the events this summer, sign up online. This is a great way to connect with and impact the newest Tar Heels. For questions, contact NSCPP or call 919-962-8304.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT FUND ADVOCATE PROGRAM

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is recruiting volunteer advocates to work one-on-one with homeless and low-income individuals in the community on achieving personal goals, gaining employment and income, securing stable housing, building savings and much more. Complete the volunteer introduction online to get started. For more information, contact Matt Kauffmann.

SUMMER SERVICE-LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

A Helping Hand is a nonprofit companion care provider committed to assisting seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain self-sufficiency, quality of life and the highest level of independence. Applications are being accepted for the summer service-learning program. To apply, visit A Helping Hand.

VOLUNTEER WITH UNC FITNESS BREAKS

UNC Fitness Breaks offers volunteers opportunities to learn wellness and leadership skills incorporated with physical activity. Summer volunteers are needed to lead 10 – 15 sessions with employees who don’t have a lot of time for exercise due to busy schedules and working multiple jobs. The flexible position only requires a few minutes once a week on the UNC campus. For questions, contact Lindsay Bailey.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 5/18/2015

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES Service-Learning Initiative

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – Global Take Off: Puerto Rico
Washington, D.C. food access internship

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/23 -Science Network Workshop Series

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/29 – Summer orientation volunteers needed
Ronald McDonald House development volunteer needed
Volunteer for orientation Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event
Community Empowerment Fund advocate program
Summer service-learning opportunity
Volunteer with UNC Fitness Breaks

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/20 – 2015 APPLES Service-Learning Initiative

The Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is a unique student-led orientation to service-learning that provides incoming first-year and transfer students with an immersive introduction to the array of service opportunities in and around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. SLI 2015 will take place Aug. 12-14. See What to Expect for a draft schedule. Application deadline is Monday, July 20. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Contact Ryan Nilsen with questions.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/30 – Global Take Off: Puerto Rico

The Center for Global Initiatives launches Global Take Off: Puerto Rico as part of a campus collaboration to increase participation in global opportunities. This faculty-led opportunity will take a group of students to Puerto Rico over fall break, October 14-18, 2015 to introduce them to global travel. For details, visit Global Take Off: Puerto Rico.

Washington, D.C. food access internship

Community Foodworks operates the Columbia Heights and Historic Brookland Farmers Markets in Washington, D.C. and manages a portfolio of food access and education programs that serve thousands of low-income community members. Community Foodworks seeks an undergraduate summer intern to support the market’s food access and education efforts. For job description and to apply, email Christina Chauvenet.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/23 -Science Network Workshop Series

Join the Union of Concerned Scientists for online trainings on using storytelling to share science. Learn from experts about how to craft a compelling story that speaks to your audience. 101: Step Out of the Silo: Science through a Community and Social Justice Lens will be presented at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Join to hear practical advice and learn best practices from active community leaders and scientists on ways your research could have greater application in your community and how to communicate and collaborate on scientific initiatives. For details, visit Science Network Workshop Series.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/29 – Summer orientation volunteers needed

The Office of New Student & Carolina Parent Program needs help 10 -11 a.m. Friday, May 29 unloading materials for the Stop Hunger Now events for first-year Orientation. Volunteers will meet in the Student Union, room 2424. All volunteers will be served pizza. To volunteer, sign up online. For questions, contact newstudents@unc.edu or call 919-962-8304.

Ronald McDonald House development volunteer needed

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill seeks a motivated and detailed oriented volunteer for the summer and fall of 2015 to help with various data entry and donor tracking projects. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is strongly preferred but training will be provided. Schedule can be flexible and work is expected to take two to four hours per a week. For details, contact Cathy.

Volunteer for orientation Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event

The New Student & Carolina Parent Programs (NSCPP) needs volunteers to help staff the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events that happen twice a week starting June 1. All events are held in the Student Union Great Hall. If you are available for any of the events this summer, sign up online. This is a great way to connect with and impact the newest Tar Heels. For questions, contact NSCPP or call 919-962-8304.

Community Empowerment Fund advocate program

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is recruiting volunteer advocates to work one-on-one with homeless and low-income individuals in the community on achieving personal goals, gaining employment and income, securing stable housing, building savings and much more. Complete the volunteer introduction online to get started. For more information, contact Matt Kauffmann.

Summer service-learning opportunity

A Helping Hand is a nonprofit companion care provider committed to assisting seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain self-sufficiency, quality of life and the highest level of independence. Applications are being accepted for the summer service-learning program. To apply, visit A Helping Hand.

Volunteer with UNC Fitness Breaks

UNC Fitness Breaks offers volunteers opportunities to learn wellness and leadership skills incorporated with physical activity. Summer volunteers are needed to lead 10 – 15 sessions with employees who don’t have a lot of time for exercise due to busy schedules and working multiple jobs. The flexible position only requires a few minutes once a week on the UNC campus. For questions, contact Lindsay Bailey.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Eleventh class of Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event


Three hundred and six members of the class of 2015 were honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 8 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall, recognizing the scholars for their years of service at Carolina during their undergraduate careers. To represent their achievement, all graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 10.

Francis Camden 3The program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing students a framework to make a positive impact through service. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect to others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and course work that make their service more effective. Launched in 2003, 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled as BPSS participants. The 2015 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represent 48 of North Carolina’s counties as well as 24 other states and four other countries. The students being honored join the 1,628 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2003, bringing the total number of scholars to 1,931.

To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum grade-point average, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course and attend four skills-training workshops as well as complete a final reflection activity. A number of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements, completing more than 430 hours of service on average. Six students reported more than 1,000 hours each, and one submitted more than 1,700 hours. As of April 2015, these graduating seniors provided more than 133,500 hours of service.

“Participating in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program expanded my views of the Chapel Hill community while fostering my own passion for social justice,” said Frederick Ferguson, a member of the 2015 graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars. “My leadership skills greatly improved through working with the Hargraves Community Center and the students there shaped my years at UNC.

“The BPSS program allowed to me to not only serve my community, but for my community to serve me. I now plan to spend the rest of my life living in service to others.”

Brown Kaylah 2Since its inception, 5,635 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.43 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, UNC Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity and Student U. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 73 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 13 percent other states and 14 percent other countries.

“Each year, the graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars demonstrate the incredible scope and depth of public service and community engagement that is being done at Carolina,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “These seniors have taken public service to new heights through their commitment to serving communities locally, nationally and abroad. They have served an untold number of communities in extraordinary ways and we are extremely proud of what they have accomplished. Moreover, we look forward to seeing the many ways in which these students continue their commitment to public service beyond graduation.”

BPSS is supported through the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. The Center offers a variety of programs that support public service and engagement, providing students, faculty and staff many ways to explore service opportunities, learn new skills and link their academic endeavors to making a difference in the community. For more information about each Buckley Public Service Scholar, visit ccps.unc.edu/bpss/bpss-in-the-news/.

Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Rhonda Beatty (919) 843-7568, rbeatty@unc.edu

2015 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by county, state and country. Photos available by request.

Alamance: Erica Bluford, Becca Conary, Raleigh McCoy, Sarah Menz, Sophia Schermerhorn

Bladen: Brittany Hollis

Brunswick: Anna Zeng

Buncombe: Natalie Broadway, Melissa Brown, Mary Everist, Kaitlin Floyd, Paul Parker, Hannah Robinson, Ryan Smith, Cabarrus, Ciara Davis, Erika Lessane, Jasmine Plott, Carteret, Jordan Budget

Catawba: Celia Clark, Rebekah Sturgess

Chatham: Ashley Cairns, Danielle Helgans, Elizabeth Raines, Ramy Sugg

Cherokee: Jennifer Owenby

Cleveland: Megan Eaker

Craven: Aleksander Seymore

Cumberland: Sarah Browning, Casey Collins, Khristian Curry, Dylané Davis, Daron Holman, Meredith Shutt, Jassmin Smith

Davie: Katherine Davis

Duplin: Stephanie Crawford

Durham: Maura Ashton, Cameron Dubois, Sarvani Gandhavadi, Brooke Gardner, Krista Katzenmeyer, Katherine Koller, Sarah Lauffer, Bridget McDonough, Camille Romac-Gullo

Edgecombe: Caroline Leland

Forsyth: Maegan Becker, Cameron Casey, Alexis Duckett, Camden Francis, Wes Hodgin, Margaret Latta, Alice Martin, Nastassja Ortiz, Meghan Peddycord, Victoria Plybon

Gaston: Peter Carter, Reena Gupta, Andrew Nguyen

Guilford: Charity Azorlibu, Frederick Ferguson, Zaharaddeen Garba, Rachel Gentry, Laura Hanson, Sarah Hanson, Paola Isaac Ibe, Madeline Kirby, Kimberly McCullough, Jennell Mcintosh, Dennise Osei-Bonsu, Sotires Pagiavlas, Gabrielle Scott, Neha Verma, Stephanie Wardman, Julia Whitley

Halifax: Ronnell Green, Melanie Lockamon

Harnett: Nakiya Whitfield

Henderson: Joseph Cottingham, Eleanor Crane, Jaehee Yoo

Hertford: South Moore

Iredell: Corinne Goudreault, Persia Homesley, Nauman Panjwani, Courtney Sanders

Johnston: Jessica Carter, Olivia Stevens, Lauren Sutton

Lenoir: Alexander Frankfort

Lincoln: Jamison Zink

Mecklenburg: Cassandra Addamo, Imani Augustus, Adriann Bennett, Monica Bourommavong, Timarie Chan, Tammy Chen, LaCorey Cunningham, Tashana Detwiler, Calvary Diggs, Taylor Fish, Amanda Gaffey, Victoria Ghahhari, Radhika Ghodasara, Megan Hunstad, India Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Shannon Kirchmer, Ishna Koul, Maili Lim, Emmanuella Mensah, Sara Miles, Fahim Nasim, Walid Nasim, Timothy Parsons, Kunal Patel, Shyam Patel, Dominique Pearson, Sarah Pederson, Brianna Ratté, Caley Scheppegrell, Andrea Tam, Chuchitra Thanigaivasan, Madelyn Usher, Anhthu Vuong, Courtney Williams

Montgomery: Rosa Muñoz Aldape

Moore: Landon Sherwood

Nash: Ayat Soufan

New Hanover: Alejandra Galindo, Autumn Hester*, Hannah Jessen, Cassidy Maxwell, Sarah McCullough

Onslow: Tara Summerville, Rachel Tates

Orange: Hannah Allison, Kent Brouwer, Frances Chung, Abigail Dennison, Laura Gilland, Hana Haidar, Catherine Haviland, Janet Keku, Patrick Mateer, Christopher Mook, Kelly Pope, Katie Savage*, Chloe Stephenson, Melissa Tebaldi, Alissa Vanderlinden, Terry Wong, Yue Zhang, Fareeda Zikry

Pasquotank: Jasmin Singh

Person: Kristen Chambers, Amber Majors

Pitt: Kaylah Brown, Louise Mann Clement, Danielle Moloney, Daniela Pimentel

Randolph: Heather Shelton, Asma Warrich

Rowan: Andrea Lambert, Leslie Pence

Rutherford: Shakeia Burgin

Stokes: Ryan Joyce, Osvelia Valverde, Elizabeth Williard

Surry: Samantha McCormick

Union: Samantha Daily, Matthew Lee, Lauren Pritchard

Wake: Hussein Ahmad, Nicole Beatty, Kersey Begany*, William Bennett, Cody Blanton, Taylor Bogart, Erica Brownlow, Jenny Bui, Emerson Cardoso, Lauren Conder, Mackenzie Dolan, Cayce Dorrier, Amber Gautam, Peyton George, Winston George, Nitin Goel, Matthew Guan, Zakeria Haidary, Wilson Hayman, Isabella Higgins*, Jennifer Hiteshew, Lindsey Hooker, Austen Hughes, Karina Javalkar, Amanda Kramer, Catherine Lachapelle, Kate Leonard, Travis Linton, Sallie Lucas, Julia Lukacs, Rizul Naithani, Rani Patel, Olivia Perry, Kara Podraza, Anna Ramsey*, Raerani Reddy, Caitlin Riley, Sarah Spaltenstein, Shannon Spillane, Priya Sreenivasan, Hillary Stroud, Alyssa Townsend, Sara Wachtman, Sarah Ward, Alexandra Welsh, Alexis White, Brenna Yellin, Caroline Zullo

Watauga: Natalie Deuitch

Wayne: Morgan Jeffreys

Wilkes: Mitchell Nash

Yancey: Brittney King

United States
Alabama: Kristina Redd, Molly Williams

California: Sarah Thompson, Paris Vaughn, Frank Wu

Colorado: Casey Crow, Nisha Datta

Delaware: Lynslei Harris

Florida: Sanjana Bhat, Jessica Cabrera, Steven Hartman, Carol Knight, Carter McCormick, Emily Ruffin

Georgia: Kathleen Borden, Zineb Bouzoubaa, Avery Calhoun, Temitope Elutilo-Ayoola, Dakota Foard, Daniel Gehle, Sarah Grady, Katrina Lawrence, Ellen Lesser, Sarah McCauley, Ruhi Rahman, Kaitlin Shinn

Hawaii: Skylar La-Torre-Couch*

Illinois: Kendra Benner, Allison Madonia, Meredith Richard

Iowa: Amanda Sergesketter

Kansas: Gihani Dissanayake

Louisiana: Cheney Gardner

Maryland: Franck Azobou Tonleu, Connor Belson, Kane Borders, Nicholas Dillon, Katrina Hauprich, Charlotte Jackson, Justin Jones, Katherine Jordan, Griffin Lerner, Jennifer McCosby

Massachusetts: Joseph Dayaa, Brendan Leonard, Haniah Lerner

Michigan: Angelica Rankins

Missouri: Raquel Dominguez

New Jersey: Christina Cheng, Sonya Kowalczyk, Sonia Shah, Alyssa Vassallo

New York: Sarah Golan, Michelle Graziosi, Tasia Harris, Sarah Maclean, Paige Sferrazza

Ohio: Aditi Borde, Sarah Lamb, Randi Towns

Pennsylvania: Hannah Bucchin, Emily Cerciello, Alexandra Chir, Mary Liz Entwistle, Stephanie Hess, Zack Kaplan, Alexander Piasecki

South Carolina: Tianna Barnes, Joshua Ellis, Hannah Hollon, Anand Shah, Ellis Sojourner, Collin Williams

Tennessee: Emily Buzhardt, Mary Peeler

Texas: Christin Carpenter, Amish Parikh, Claire Porter

Virginia: Erin Shumate, Shannon Wheeler

Washington, D.C.: Danielle Allyn

Country
Canada: Maximillian Seunik

China: Ziyou Wu

Philippines: Michael Strawser

United Kingdom: Bridget Larman

* Indicates December 2014 graduates.

First Arts in Public Service fellow graduates

By Janell Smith

Aditi BordeAditi Borde ‘15, like 306 other seniors, will graduate as a Buckley Public Service Scholars on May 8.

But Borde is different from the other scholars — she’s the only scholar to graduate from the program’s new Arts in Public Service Fellowship.

In 2014, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program and Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) partnered to create the Arts in Public Service Fellows, a program that encourages students to make a direct impact in their community through the arts.

During her time as an undergraduate student and scholar, Borde has done just that.

“Throughout my experiences of integrating art through public service, I realized art has much more power than it is given credit,” Borde said.

As the first Arts in Public Service Fellow, Borde has directly impacted many communities through her work with the arts. In the service-learning course Service-Learning in America: the Arts and Social Change, Borde engaged in arts-based activities worked with the Art Therapy Institute, an organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the healing power of the arts. Borde also led the first Arts in Public Service Fellows APPLES alternative break in Asheville and served as a volunteer with the Cary celebration of Diwali, a widely celebrated Hindu holiday known as the Festival of Lights. She also danced with UNC’s fusion dance team, Chapel Hill Chalkaa, and served as its president.

Borde said these experiences encouraged her to become a fellow. In her service at the Art Therapy Institute, for example, Borde watched as children used art as a means of self-expression.

“The children in the hospital used iPads to draw — art allowed them to express themselves, release emotions and even use it as a getaway to distract themselves from the reason they were in the hospital,” Borde said.

“Only based on this experience, I realized that the power of art was extraordinary.”

Borde added the Arts in Public Service provided her with unrivaled support from her peers and professors. She would love for other students to have similar experiences with the growth of the program.

“I hope it grows in that more people get involved in different kinds of arts — not only the ‘typical’ art genres,” she said.

“I hope that more theater, dance and creative writing arts students get involved because the most fun part of the fellowship was learning and experiencing the different genres of art that I had never been exposed to.”

Borde hopes her experience as an Arts in Public Service Fellow will allow her to incorporate the arts into her future career as well.

“I witnessed the arts being used as a therapeutic for children,” she said. “As a student going into medicine, I hope to find new ways to incorporate arts in the medical field.”

Bryan Social Innovation Fellow continues to create community

By Carly Swain

Reena-Gupta-spotlightReena Gupta, who will graduate Sunday with a degree in Public Policy from the College of Arts and Sciences, not only immersed herself in the Carolina community over the past four years, she helped create one — through Healthy Girls Save the World.

During her freshman year, Gupta joined the non-profit when it was in its infant stage. After the first few meetings, she jumped in to help create what is now a thriving organization by using three pillars: healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy relationships.

She served on the board of directors and as campus chapter president of the organization, and has attained the goal she set for herself four years ago: to inspire women.

“I’ve always been really big on women’s empowerment, women’s issues, and really advocating social justice issues surrounding women’s rights,” she said. “As a woman of color, it’s something that I’ve always been passionate about. I have seen a few of the struggles, as I’m sure every woman has, and I wanted to learn more about it.”

When she first arrived at Carolina, Gupta considered studying political science and economics. But the daughter of two teachers from Belmont, North Carolina, had a passion for education. And after a little more exploring, she got a taste of public policy.

“For me personally, that public policy major at UNC was the perfect collaboration of political science and economics,” she said.

During her time at Carolina, Gupta earned a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship and she was a Resolution Project Fellow – all while also joining a few dance troupes on campus.

But one of her main focuses was Healthy Girls Save The World.

“It actually took me a while to understand my place and how I could help,” she said of her beginnings with the non-profit. “I remember the first time it clicked for me: we went to a business competition in Atlanta and we had to present. Once I presented, made the pitch and received the feedback, the wheels just started turning for me.”

With a pool of local sixth- to ninth-grade applicants from schools near UNC-Chapel Hill to choose from, Healthy Girls Save The World leaders select 40 to mentor through the academic year.

“We bring these girls on campus, introduce them to female role models, rely on School of Public Health to bring in subject matter experts and do all sorts of fun things with them,” Gupta said. “Our last event was focused on healthy relationships- team building- and after lunch we did healthy relationships with themselves.”

Once her tassel is turned Sunday, Gupta will head to San Francisco where she will complete the New Sector Alliance Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship. There, Gupta will be placed in a non-profit to work one-on-one with a mentor learning project management, finance and communication skills.

Part of the commitment means 1,700 hours of service with AmeriCorps. But Gupta will still serve on the board of advisors for Healthy Girls Save The World.

In that role, she hopes to continue to contribute to different communities.

“There are so many aspects of Carolina, so many communities and personalities and diverse communities,” she said. “So, somewhere there is something for you.”

By Carly Swain, Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Published May 7, 2015