Friday, December 15, 2006

Atlanta Socio-cultural Civic Engagement Program of 2006

Student Volunteer in New Orleans helping to clean up the disaster.

Center for Civic Engagement

Read the full release announcing the opening of Oglethorpe's Center for Civic Engagement.
Since its formation this fall, the Center for Civic Engagement has become the leading force in integrating the Oglethorpe educational experience with the city of Atlanta. With the OUr Atlanta program and campus events, it's been a busy fall for the Center staff already. A few examples of civic engagement include --Recent OUr Atlanta trips to Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola headquarters, High Museum, Atlanta History Center, CNN and the CDC.--An upcoming trip in January 2007 to New Orleans, the third official trip by Oglethorpe students since Hurricane Katrina hit last fall.--Dr. Knippenberg hosting a series of political candidates for discussions with students.--Sister Helen Prejean giving a keynote address to being our Dialogue on the Death Penalty conference, which included Mike Farrell from M*A*S*H.--A trip to three New York art galleries by Alan Loehle's Advanced Painting student.--The Oglethorpe Golf teams training students at Drew Charter School in partnership with First Tee of East Lake.

The Center also awarded the first two Presidential Awards for Civic Engagement in November. Awards were presented to Jessica Daniel '09, president of ECOS, for creating a student-run recycling program on campus, and to the men's basketball team, who was named the John Swain Volunteer of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Club.

The Center for Civic Engagement is currently staffed by Lindsey Cooper and Nate Stern. Read a profile of Lindsey in the fall 2006 issue of Carillon, Oglethorpe's alumni magazine. Tamara Nash will begin as the Director of the Center on December 4.

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