University of San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Relay for Life

University of San Diego recently fought back against cancer by hosting their 10th Annual Relay for Life. The event ran from 3 pm until midnight and attracted hundreds of students, faculty, and staff that formed a variety of teams. Considering this is the 10th anniversary of the relay, USD took a look back at how the relay began on campus. 10 years ago a USD graduate student participated in a relay in Hawaii and wanted to bring it to the campus. Since 2008, thousands of people have participated in the relay and raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.

According to the American Cancer sSociety, “one out of every 100 Americans participates in a Relay of Life event and there are events in more than 600 communities that span 19 countries outside the United States.” University of San Diego is honored and happy to be one community that participates in the work for the greater good of supporting those struggling with cancer.

To read more about this event, visit University of San Diego news.

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CRS Speaker Tells Story of Hope at DeSales

DeSales University recently hosted Thomas Awiapo, a Catholic Relief Services employee and native of Ghana. Awiapo came to DeSales to share his story of hope and the power of CRS. Awiapo’s life was changed 40 years ago when CRS built a school near his village in Ghana. Growing up, his childhood was characterized by his continual hunger and the village he lived in had no access to running water and often times he would cry and fight for food. In addition to a lack of food, Awaipo’s parents died when he was a child leaving him and his three brothers as orphans.

Awiapo credits one single snack he received as a child as saving his life. When he entered the CRS school on the first day, they provided all the students with a snack to start their day and did this every day following. This was thanks to the CRS Rice Bowl Program. Because of his schooling with CRS, Awiapo found “food, education, faith and later earned his master’s degree in the United States.” Currently Awiapo is working to open a new school for children experiencing the same things he did. Awiapo notes that “Catholic Relief Services is a gospel of love, a gospel of justice, and a gospel of hope around the world. Assembling this box every Lent, we are actually assembling many, many broken lives around the world.”

To read more about Awiapo’s story, visit DeSales news.

Edgewood College Hosts Nonprofit Draft Day

Edgewood College recently hosted their annual Nonprofit Draft Day. Dane County, where Edgewood College is located, has more nonprofits than any other county in the state but “many of these local nonprofits have board seats that remain unfilled, despite the fact that Madison has one of the most educated talent pools in the state.” This is the need that Nonprofit Draft Day seeks to serve. Nonprofit Draft Day seeks to fill these open seats through a one-day event linking nonprofit boards to prospective board talent.

This event attracts dozens of nonprofits as well as prospective board members hoping to get involved. One participant notes that this event “is a wonderful way for professionals and others looking to grow their expertise to find organizations looking for new board members.”

To read more about Edgewood College Nonprofit Draft Day, visit Edgewood news.

Boston College Receives Grant to Work with Underserved Students

Congratulations to the Lynch School of Education at Boston College for being rewarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation! This grant will “engage low-income high school students in a science and emerging agricultural technology project, designed to guide them in conducting scientific research and prepare them for post-secondary scientific study.” This project, called the “Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers,” will involve 30 Boston public school students from populations that are underrepresented in science.

This project will help prepare students for post-secondary education and will give them the opportunity to fulfill future career aspirations. Lynch School Professor of Science Education, Michael Barnett, notes “This program will build on the capacity of our youth participants to make potential scientific discoveries, as well as develop youth leaders who will become role models in their community through mentorship.”

To read more about the grant received by Boston College, visit Boston College news.

Cabrini University Hosts Human Trafficking Symposium

Cabrini University recently hosted experts on human trafficking to speak at a daylong symposium. The aim of this symposium was to fight to eliminate human trafficking by raising awareness about human trafficking. The symposium included discussions with experts and a keynote address from Peak Kim, the former chief of a human trafficking unit for the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.

The symposium is sponsored by The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Cabrini’s Engagements with the common Good Human Trafficking class. In addition to the speakers at the event, organizers “will be accepting donations of gift cards, underwear, feminine hygiene products, and travel sized bottles of shampoo/soaps.” Donations will go to the Covenant House, the Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking Program and the Cabrini Closet which supplies rescued victims of human trafficking necessary clothing items.

To learn more about this event, visit Cabrini news.

Avila University Hosts Peace Activist Reverend John Dear

Since the implementation of the sustainability committee at Avila University, significant strides have been made to educate the student body on the current state of the environment. The Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence recently hosted Revered John Dear, a Catholic priests and multi-Nobel prize nominee. The lecture given by Reverend Dear is titled, “They Will Inherit the Earth,” which is based off his book They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change.

Arica Maurer, coordinator for the Buchanon Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence, explained how “peacebuilding is not only about relationships between people but about humankind’s relationship with the earth. We have invited Reverend Dear to speak because we believe it is important for the Avila community to hear his message about the environmental aspect of peacebuilding as well as to learn from his example of nonviolent, civil disobedience in pursuit of justice and peace.”

For more details on this lecture, visit Avila news.

Ave Maria Serves the Local Community

Ave Maria University’s recent initiative, The Ave Homes, is bringing light to the local community. The Ave Homes is a project that developed from a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, The Mother Teresa Project and  by funds raised by Steve Auth, a Wall Street Executive and friend of the University.  The goal of this project was to rebuild homes that had been effected by natural disasters in recent years. Ave Maria students were deeply connected to this project because it was serving those in their community who needed them most.

As of now, The Ave Homes has already completed four homes and seeks to keep going. The project’s operating echoes the words of Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

To read more about The Ave Homes, visit Ave Maria news.