Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University to Host Hunger and Homelessness Week Oct. 8-13

Georgia Southern University students will have the opportunity to see how lessons taught in the classroom are playing out in the “real world” during Hunger and Homelessness Week, Mon., Oct. 8, through Sat., Oct. 13, 2007. The week’s events are sponsored by the University’s Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement.

‘This week is filled with interactive and educational activities meant to raise awareness of the issues of hunger and homelessness and to encourage students to take action,” said Diana Hensley, coordinator of Civic Engagement at Georgia Southern University. ‘Our goal is to encourage students to become aware of world issues and find a way to make a difference. I want to see students stepping up and doing what they can to impact area and state communities.”

Events Schedule:

Oct. 8, 2007
Poverty Simulation
4 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom
Students will have the opportunity to walk through the simulations to briefly experience the challenges and associated difficulties of living in poverty.

Oct. 9, 2007
Hunger Banquet
6 p.m. Russell Union Ballroom
Admission Fee: Four Canned Goods.
The interactive banquet will provide students the opportunity to learn about global hunger issues and how they can help.

Oct. 9 -10, 2007
25-Hour Famine
7 p.m.
All participants at the Hunger Banquet will be asked to raise at least $25. Funds will be donated to World Vision to help address global hunger. The famine encourages students to experience hunger. Register in Russell Union Room 2022.

Oct. 10, 2007
“Home is Where the Heart Is” Lunch Lecture
Noon, Russell Union Room 2047
Voncille Hobbs, a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, will speak to students.

25-Hour Famine Wrap-Up
6:30 p.m.
Students who participated in the 25-hour Famine will share their experiences.
Free pizza will be available at 8 p.m.

Oct. 11, 2007
12:30 p.m., Russell Union Room 2080
Alison Scott, assistant professor in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health will speak on ‘Housing & Health…Could They Be Related?”
Free lunch will be provided.

Movie: ‘Pursuit of Happyness”
8 p.m., Russell Union Theatre.
Admission is free of charge.

Oct. 12, 2007
Habitat For Humanity Build-a-Thon
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The program is a community event to help raise money to build future Habitat homes. Volunteers will serve lunch, help groups sign in, hand out water and more.
Registration is required.

Oct. 13, 2007
Students will volunteer at the local soup kitchen by preparing lunches and handing them out at the church or at the Statesboro Summit Apartments.
Advance sign up is necessary.

For more information on these or other activities, please contact Civic Engagement at 912-871-1435 or visit:

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