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The Office of Student Leadership & Community Engagement 
 Mississippi State University
Chris Myers Asch
Dr. Chris Myers Asch

Social Entrepreneurship: Think BIG, 



Dr. Chris Myers Asch - Teach for America alumnus, historian, and social entrepreneur 


Monday April 8 at 6:00 P.M.

Foster Ballroom Sec. S

Colvard Student Union


Join the History Department, the Stennis Institute of Government, Volunteer Starkville, and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement in learning how you could become one of those "exceptional individuals who dream up and take responsibility for an innovative and untested idea for positive social change, and usher that idea from dream to reality.[i]"


On April 8th, Dr. Chris Myers Asch will explain how you can use the principles of social entrepreneurship to unleash your talents to solve the world's biggest problems. A former Teach for America corps member in Sunflower County Mississippi, Chris Myers Asch is an educator, historian, and social entrepreneur who has taught in, studied, and positively impacted the Mississippi delta region. A native of Washington, D.C., Asch graduated from Duke University and subsequently earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina. He taught elementary and middle school for three years in Sunflower, Mississippi, as part of Teach for America and one year in Taejon, South Korea, with the William J. Fulbright program.


Chris co-founded the Sunflower County Freedom Project in 1998 and served as Executive Director until launching the U.S. Public Service Academy in 2006. He won the 2007 Eli Segal Award from AmeriCorps Alums and became a 2007 Echoing Green Fellow. His first book, The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer (2nd edition, University of North Carolina Press, 2011) earned the Liberty Legacy Foundation Prize from the Organization of American Historians, the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society, and the Mississippi Library Association's Non-Fiction Award.


For more information, contact:

Courtney Allen
Alternative Spring Break Trip Coordinator

Tutors needed at East and West Oktibbeha County Schools


MSU is working to recruit students, faculty and staff that are interesting in volunteering as tutors at Oktibbeha Co. elementary and high schools.


Tutors are needed at the Elementary schools for MCT2 tutoring help in English, math, and reading for 3rd through 6th grades. Volunteers are also needed to help high school students for 7th and 8th grade math, 8th grade science, and high school algebra and biology. Volunteers are asked to make a four-five week commitment of at least one day a week at the schools.


To sign-up, visit:


For more information contact:

Manya Chappell, lecturer in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education department.
CISE/College of Education

Habitat for Humanity Friendship Quilt


The Maroon Volunteer Center is assisting with collection of new or gently used MSU t-shirts for the next Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity Friendship Quilt. T-shirts from campus organizations and past campus events are used to create a t-shirt quilt that is given to the Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity family during the home dedication each fall.


To donate a new or gently used t-shirt to Habitat for Humanity, please bring it by the Maroon Volunteer Center in 306 Moseley Hall (formerly South Hall) or send it by Campus Mail to 9554.


For more information please email

Camp Henry Pratt Cleanup


Date: Saturday April 13, 2013
Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Location: Camp Henry Pratt (530 Camp Pratt Columbus, MS  39701)
  • Volunteers will be cleaning the grounds at Camp Henry Pratt. This will entail the following:
  • Raking the playground, volleyball court, chapel, and flag pole area (rakes, gloves)
  • Scraping pinestraw off the cabin roofs (ladders, rakes, gloves)
  • Cutting large fallen limbs to be moved easier (chainsaws/gasoline) (we know that we have a large tree that has fallen into the open field that needs cutting up and hauling off)
  • Transporting large limbs (wheelbarrels/ATV)
  • Picking up trash (we can provide trash bags)
  • Tearing down some old wooden items (hammers, gloves, chains)
  • Mowing grass (we have a lawnmower but if someone wants to bring another one that would be great!)
  • Bush hogging (we have a tractor for that)
  • Throwing old mattresses/items in the dumpster (gloves, masks)
  • Weedeating (we have one but the more the better)
  • Cleaning up the archery area (wear bug spray... that area is heavy with ticks)
  • Painting the pool


The YMCA has some of the following materials, but the more of these that anyone can bring, the better:

Brooms, cleaning gloves, sponges, cleaning sprays, insect sprays (spiders), buckets, mops.


For more information, please contact Mrs. Mary-Anne McAdams at or click here.

HCDC Water Wars


HCDC Water Wars (This event was scheduled for today, but got postponed due to rain)
Date: Thursday April 11, 2013
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Junction


As apart of Unity Week, The Holmes Cultural Diversity Center Peer Counselor and Ambassadors are planning a fund raiser event called Water Wars. Water Wars is a project to raise money to build wells and other sources for clean water in various areas in Africa that have unsanitary or low water supply.


The activity of water wars is a water balloon fight with rules and regulations. There will be registration and a fee of three dollars per participant in water wars. All moneys from the fees will go to The Water Project in creating way to save 1,658 lives daily.


The Water Wars event will be on April 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Wrist bands and volunteer registration can be done in advance and up to 30 minutes before the event. We would like for you to take part in making a change and participate in the act of saving lives while having a fun. Please join us in the water project, Water Wars.

For more information, please contact Shabaz Brown at 601-218-9932 or NiaTasha Thigpen at 601-813-6424. For more information, or to volunteer, click here

One Million Bones: Weekend Event


Date: Saturday April 13, 2013
Time: 10 AM - 1 PM
Location: Moseley Hall (formerly South Hall)


One Million Bones is a national non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness to humanitarian crises around the world. This volunteer opportunity entails making clay bones that will generate $1 for each bone made. The money generated will be sent back to areas with ongoing crises in Central Africa and the Middle East. The bones themselves will be placed at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the Spring of 2013. The goal for the state of Mississippi is to produce 7,000 bones.


For more information, contact Antoinette Jenkins at or the Maroon Volunteer Center at For more information, click here.

BB4K Mentors Needed


The 2013 Getting Ahead Class is scheduled to begin on May 7, 2013. This program was formed to help alleviate the effects of poverty and provide a bridge to a better understanding of our world both financial and socially for all its participants.  Building Bridge for Kids is a part of this program and is designed to create a nurturing, educational, and positive environment for the children of these participants. We are seeking able bodied and enthusiastic mentor to embark on this 16 week Journey with us toward a brighter future all the families involved with Starkville Bridge Out of Poverty.  Active and consistent volunteers can gain over 60 hours of community service!

Mentor Should Be:

  • Available every Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00
  • Enjoy working with Children of all ages
  • Able to attend the Mentor Training in late April
  • Positive Attitude
  • Must be available over the summer
  • Committed to this program and its purpose


For more information about this program, click here or Contact Stedmond Ware at  and/or (662) 325-1820.

President's Interfaith Service Campus Challenge



During the 2013/2014 year, Mississippi State University's Interfaith Service Initiative will bring together people of different faith backgrounds to improve the disaster preparedness of citizens of Oktibbeha County. The specific focus will be on senior citizens and building the social capital and mutual understanding of our students, employees, and citizens. The initiative will begin with a dialogue focusing on "serving a neighbor in need" and how this altruistic underpinning transcends numerous religious traditions
Job Description:
The Student Leader will work to bring together people of different faith backgrounds to improve the disaster preparedness of citizens of Oktibbeha County by communicating with student and campus groups, coordinating supply drives, and keeping website and promotional material updated. Interested applicants must be willing to work with people of all faiths and have a basic understanding or interest in disaster preparedness and emergency response. Applicant must also possess strong written and oral communication skills.  Previous experience in event planning and volunteer management a plus. Applicant must be available during the summer and fall semesters. 
For more information click here or email us at
Emerson Fresh Start Program


Date: Every Friday through May 3, 2013
Time: 9 am - 11 am
Location: Emerson Family Resource Center (1504 Louisville, St.  Starkville, MS  39759)


We are seeking volunteers for Emerson Preschool's "Fresh Start" program. Fresh Start's focus is to improve the nutritional health and well-being of young children attending Emerson Preschool. Emerson Preschool is open year-round, and the project is on-going. We are seeking volunteers who are available and interested in consistently working with Emerson preschool children (infants through five years of age) on garden and health related activities from 9 to 11 AM on Friday mornings.


Volunteers will lead Emerson Preschool Children in age-appropriate garden and health-related activities, in the garden or classroom (depending on the weather) around healthy eating, gardening, how plants grow, nurturing the garden, etc.; provide minimal, basic upkeep of the small Emerson School Garden (Emerson can teach the basics in case the volunteer does not have any gardening experience); and assist a team in the development of a Fresh Start Curriculum Guide for use by future volunteers, parents and teachers working with children.


For those interested in volunteering with the program, please email Lisa 

Long at or click here.

Volunteer for VS Food Drive
Volunteer Starkville is sponsoring a food drive to assist the local food pantries in collecting food. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event on the following days:


Apr 19, 201311:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Apr 20, 201309:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Apr 26, 201311:00 AM - 01:00 PM

To volunteer for this event and pick your desired shift, please visit: For more information please contact Lacy Jaudon at
Glo 4 Haiti Supply Drive

Glo 4 Haiti is collecting the following items to prepare for a medical/dental mission to Haiti:

Benadryl liquid 4 oz

Dimetapp DM 4 oz

Robitussin DM 4 oz

Visine Alergy Eye Drops

Children's Chewable Vitamins (not gummies)


To donate items to the drive please drop them by McComas 130 or contact Laura Walton at

Emerson Family Computer Training


The Emerson Family Center is in need of volunteers who can assist them in basic computer training skills.Any available volunteers with knowledge in composing emails, any of the major Microsoft applications (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access) are welcome.  CPU training sessions are on Wednesdays from either 11 am - 12 pm OR 5 pm - 6 pm

To sign up for either of these times, see the links below:

If volunteers have questions, they can contact the Emerson Family Center at

Emerson Teen Parent Coalition 
Volunteers are needed each Thursday from 4 PM to 6 PM to help distribute materials for the Teen Parent coalition. Volunteers are only needed 2 at a time.

For this reason, please contact the Emerson Family Center to confirm what days & times you may be needed. For more information and to volunteer for this event please click here.


Emerson Community Safety Saturday

Volunteers are needed to assist with distributing materials promoting community safety and to assist children with safety activities.

For more information and to volunteer for this event please click here.

Maroon Volunteer Center
306 South Hall | | 662-325-2150
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