This archived article was written by: Shanna Frame
Over 1,200 hours of service projects have been accomplished already this fall by the USU Eastern SUN Center. They began their service before the academic school year with some activities at the end of summer. At the beginning of August, various volunteers accomplished 124 hours of service at the Emery County Lamb Fry. The money raised from this service opportunity went towards the renovation of the Old Huntington Flour Mill. The SUN Center continued throughout August, volunteering at the Carbon County Fair Aug. 9-11. At USU Eastern’s combined leadership training, also known as Catalyst Training, Aug. 19-23, approximately 80 students and staff members were able to accomplish over 150 hours of service throughout the week clearing meeting areas, rebuilding an amphitheater and grooming trails. This was followed by several hours of service given by the leaders during Move-In Day at the USU Eastern residential halls Aug. 25-26. Things did not slow down after that.
Since college began, multiple service opportunities have presented themselves. Student leaders were excited and ready to help with the Day of Caring and The Mammoth Marathon, both of which fell on Sept. 8. They also helped out at the state rodeo that weekend. Between those three service opportunities, there were over 100 students, faculty, staff and administration from USU Eastern that gave over 540 hours of meaningful service that day. The residential advisors were able to organize a basic campus clean up Sept. 12. This was quickly followed by the Kiwanis Kid’s Day on Sept. 15. On September 22, Active Re-entry held their annual Run, Walk and Roll. Many of the student volunteers were from USU Eastern’s Athletic department as well as the student body, faculty, staff and administration. They, as a collaborative group, were able to give close to 170 hours of service at the Kiwanis Kid’s Day, while helping out the local Price community. There was an additional 226 hours of service rendered at Active Re-entry’s Run Walk and Roll.
Some of the upcoming SUN Center events include: Green Team, every Friday from 10-11 a.m.; Kids @ Heart, every Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m-12:45 p.m.; domestic violence 5K, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon; cleaning the walkway, Oct.11; Shoopapaloosa Face Painting, Friday, Oct. 12-13, noon-9 p.m. both days.
For more information on upcoming events and to sign-up, visit the SUN Center on the second floor of the Jennifer Levitt Student Center or call 435-613-5284. Terry Johnson, SUN Center advisor said, “We most likely have a project that interests you, so we look forward to receiving a call and seeing you in the SUN Center soon!”