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August 23, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

WOW includes community service

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and student leaders from more than 65 campus organizations are joining forces to welcome freshmen to campus during the annual Weekend of Welcome Aug. 22-25.

The program is designed to emphasize both mentoring and service to the community.

Nearly 1,500 freshmen are expected to participate in a variety of programs Aug. 22-25. SRU's fall semester begins at 8 a.m., Aug. 26.

The CSIL-initiated welcome program offers a 10 a.m. to noon campus cleanup Aug. 25.

"The idea is to have leaders from the various organizations on campus team with a freshman for those two hours and become 'volunteer buddies.' We are in hopes this might be a great opportunity to introduce the new freshman to volunteerism and student engagement in the community," said Laurel Dagnon, CSIL program director.

"Throughout their four years on campus, students are often required to become involved in community service programming as part of their course work, but often they are without a true understanding of what their efforts can mean to a local community. With 'Mentoring through Service' they will see instant results and get great satisfaction," she said.

Volunteers in the program will receive a limited edition "SRU...Programs of Steel" T-shirt.

The service component of the CSIL program allows freshmen to work side-by-side with an upperclassman and develop a friendship.

"An instant big brother/big sister friend who you can talk with can make life a lot easier for a new person. That is one of the primary goals of this program," Dagnon.

It is anticipated that more than 300 students and staff will be involved with the first cleanup. Additional dates for similar projects are: Sept. 14-15, following the Slippery Rock Village Fest; and Oct. 20, following SRU's annual homecoming.

SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership creates developmental and educational opportunities through activities, programs, student organizations, community service and leadership training.

For additional information call Dagnon at 724.738.2030.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.