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University students host panel to discuss meaning of public service


On Monday, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Honors Program will host a discussion with panelists who have made community and national service a central part of their academic and professional lives. The event is hosted by a new student-service program at the University, the Honors Service Council, which encourages students not only to increase volunteerism, but to create a life of service.

“With Nevada’s dismal ranking of 50th, we are determined to locate where that problem is most severe,” said Alex Ellison, an AmeriCorps VISTA member placed in the University’s Honors Program to increase campus volunteerism. “We see the need for greater service-learning on college campuses and greater incentives for students facing financial difficulties to engage in service.”

Nevada ranked 50th among 50 states and Washington, D.C., in “Volunteering in America 2010,” released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, with only New York ranking lower.

WHAT: “Living Service” discussion panel and workshop. Refreshments provided.

WHO: Panelists include Renee Kelly from Nevada Legal Services; Florence Phillips from ESL In-Home; Lauren Robinson, Sierra Nevada Journeys; University student volunteers and other staff and faculty.

WHEN: 4-5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11.

WHERE: Joe Crowley Student Union, Fourth Floor Great Room, 403.

BACKGROUND: To improve service-learning and civic engagement on campus and in the community, the student-formed Honors Service Council will promote, facilitate and reward community service. Students have been working with organizations such as Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Great Basin Food Co-op, Boxers and Buddies, Northern Nevada Food Bank, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and more.

For more information, contact Alex Ellison at 775-784-1455 or [email protected] or go to www.honors.unr.edu.

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