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Freshman Class Prepares 11,000 Meals for Houstonís Hungry
9/20/2011
The University of St. Thomas freshman class packed more than 9,000 pounds of food, which will make more than 11,000 meals at a service project on Saturday, Sept. 17.

More than 230 students participated in a service-learning project at the Houston Food Bank, where they sorted and inspected donated food and assembled food boxes for seniors and families with young children.

The project was in conjunction with the UST Service-Learning Program and the UST Freshman Symposium: Educating Leaders of Faith and Character, a first-year experience program that groups incoming freshman into mentor teams with a current UST student, faculty and staff member. The Symposium focuses on the university’s mission to educate leaders who think critically, communicate effectively, lead ethically and succeed professionally.

“We were told that we were the largest team of volunteers to offer their services at the location since they moved to their new location,” said Dr. Jo Meier-Marquis. “Our freshmen had an opportunity to come together as a class and serve the greater community.”

The Service Learning Program expands opportunities for students to engage in public and community service and advocates the importance of civic responsibility in students’ educational experience.

“This project is a prime example of how the First-Year Experience provides students with a valuable and hands-on learning experience that exemplifies the mission of the University and the Service-Learning Program," said Theresa Heard, Service-Learning Program coordinator. "The hard work by the FYE faculty members and freshman class should be recognized as not only servant leaders on campus, but as well as in our community.”

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