Announcing the Winner of Pope Francis Video Contest

Last fall, ACCU invited all Catholic college and university students to capture their actions and reactions related to Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. and enter our video contest. We are pleased to announce our winner: Congratulations to Kristin McDermott of Salve Regina University, whose video has been selected! In her video, Kristin features four Salve Regina students who traveled with her to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Watch the video here!

 

 

Grants Available to Start a Campus Kitchen

In Fall 2015, ACCU highlighted several member colleges that participate in the Campus Kitchens Project to fight hunger and decrease food waste.  Campus Kitchens Project is offering startup grants to additional institutions this year and have shared the following message with ACCU:

If hunger and food waste are issues in your community and you want to make an impact on both the community need and the waste on campus, consider starting a Campus Kitchen chapter at your school. Campus Kitchen students rescue food that would have gone to waste from their on-campus dining hall cafeterias and use that food to prepare and serve balanced nutritious meals to food insecure residents in their communities.

The Campus Kitchens Project is offering $5,000 startup grants to schools that are interested in working with older adult (50+) populations in their community. To begin the application process, visit our grants page or reach out directly to Matt Schnarr at mschnarr@campuskitchens.org.

The deadline to qualify is February 5th. Please visit our grant info page to learn more about this grant competition timeline and guidelines. Schools that qualify will then submit a short video explaining the need in their community and how a Campus Kitchen will meet that need. Selected finalists will compete in a week long voting competition, where at the end of the week, the 3 school’s videos with the highest number of votes will each receive $5,000 to plan and launch their Campus Kitchen!

Essay contest for students

First Things, a journal of religion, culture, and public life, is hosting a writing contest for anyone enrolled in a college program, graduate program, or seminary.  Students are asked to write 2000- to 2500-word responses to one of three statements (available on the contest page here).  All entries—original, unpublished work—must be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to essaycontest@firstthings.com. Essays are due on June 15.