This archived article was written by: Christine Olsen
Kimberly Clegg, sophomore from South Jordan, Utah, came to CEU for one year after high school and then took a nanny job which led her to Keokuk, Iowa, and to Columbus, Ohio. Clegg says, “I couldn’t get enough of CEU fun, so I came back for yet another year!” Her major is nursing and her favorite class is psychology because she loves learning how others think.
Besides being a student, Clegg is also a SUN Center student leader over Hunger Issues. Clegg does service because, “everyone has moments when life circumstances are beyond their control and a helping hand is needed. I know it’s rough being overwhelmed so anything I can do that will lighten the load of another I try helping in anyway. It’s just a great feeling to know when you have helped to make someone’s day brighter.” She chose to be over Hunger Issues because, “it surprised me to find out how many people went hungry in our own backyard. Around 85% of our students qualify for assistance. I want to do all that I can to help those in need and educate others about it.”
Her most recent project was the Hunger Banquet, which raised money and food for those in need and provided students an opportunity to learn about hunger within the community and world. There are also many pcoming hunger issue projects including Bread and Soup Nights which begin Oct. 25 and are held every Monday until Nov. 22. Everyone is invited to eat soup and bread and the money raised is donated to the Carbon County Food Bank. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students with their student ID card, and $2 for children.
Last year’s Bread and Soup Nights raised over $2,400 for the food bank, so this is a much needed service project. On Oct. 30 students will be “Trick or Treating for Food”. This is a fun night where students dress up in Halloween costumes and go door to door like trick-or-treaters and ask for any donations for the food bank. This is also a much needed service for the food bank. If students are interested in volunteering with any of these projects contact the SUN Center at 613-5624.
Along with her hunger issues service projects, Clegg also volunteers at the Student Health Clinic on campus and has helped on many other one-time projects. Her favorite project is volunteering at the clinic because, “Tammy, Kate and Kalissa are just so much fun to work with and I love doing the tasks because I know it helps.” Kathy Murray, SUN Center director, says, “I am very impressed with Kim wanting to be over Hunger Issues because that project requires the most time and organization. Kim stepped right up and is doing an excellent job with her project. I am very proud of her.”
Clegg is the second youngest of five children, a boy and four girls. “Don’t feel bad for my brother because he’s the oldest and always teased us until the bitter end,” Clegg commented. Her hobbies include doing anything outdoors from rock climbing to soccer. She also enjoys artsy things like sculpting and says she is always open to trying new things.
Clegg says her role model isn’t one person, but rather “the everyday person going about life overcoming and bettering themselves through tough times. Those people help me gain the strength to keep going when things get rough and they broaden my perspective. People just amaze me, especially those who go outside the circle to help others.”
Her most embarrassing moment is when she was waiting for a class to start in the Reeves building. She walked to the front of the classroom to sharpen her pencil and “meanwhile the rest of the class came in and the professor was waiting for me to sit down before she began class. As I was going up the stairs I rolled my ankle, my shoe went flying and I fell completely to the ground. Yeah for heels!” Clegg has the following advice for fellow students: “You have to take the initiative when creating the best life for yourself and there is no better way to find yourself than through serving others.”