To bring in the school year with a little inspiration, the Back to School Bash was the place to be for Benedict College Students. Sunday, September 8, 2013, Grace Christian Church, along with the Jeffrey Lampkin Show hosted a Mega Fest which included a motivational speaker, live entertainment and more. Beginning the morning was a special guest from WACH Fox 57, Ms. Janet Parker, who hosted the pre-event. Introduced at the conclusion of a few selections by the Eau Claire High School Marching Band Ensemble, was a Benedict Alum who was the motivational speaker of the morning. The speaker, Kyle Greene, was in more than one way a great kick start to the event. It was relatable and it was relayed in such a poetic manner. Despite the beaming rays of heat, it was hard not to engage yourself in the message. Shortly thereafter, the Grace Christian Church Praise Team rendered a selection, followed by a few words from HYPE Columbia. Then the crowd was dismissed for game time. Following the intermission we all gathered in the sanctuary to prepare for music and the Gospel. Performances by Francis Marion University Gospel Choir, Jeffrey Lampkin and Company, and Winthrop University Gospel Choir were nothing less than refreshing. The Spirit of God showed up and showed out. Once the performances were over, the Word was delivered through oral and visual concepts by Pastor Aaron R. E. Bishop. Subject, “Are you full of it?” the message came from Psalms 23. Breaking down each verse, Pastor Bishop was relentless with the truth of being filled with the Spirit of God and walking in that Spirit daily. After having our souls fed, the church provided a very much appreciated meal of hot dogs, sausages, fries, chips and beverages. This concluded the day’s fellowship and began the school year. Much thanks to the members and guests of Grace Christian Church.
The fall 2K13 BIU New Members Recruitment efforts kicked off September 9th-18th, 2013. After all interviews were conducted with qualified applicants, this student-led male outreach initiative, sponsored by The Service-Learning & Leadership Development Program, welcomed 16 new brothers into the organization.
DeAndra R. Abercrombie Freshman, Criminal Justice Major
Eddie C. Bembery Freshman, Biology Major
Jermaine K. Brantley Senior, Child and Family Dev. Major
Marcus A. Davies Senior, Sociology Major
Martin Epps Senior, Biology Major
Alexander J. Hamilton Senior, Biology Major
Charvis Q. Hunter Freshman, Early Childhood Major
Daniel L. King Sophomore, Mass Comm. Major
Anthony M. Lowery Junior, Sociology/Mass Com. Majors
Quinton L. McDowell Senior, Computer Engineering Major
Ugochukwu Obata Sophomore, Biology Major
Justin S. Pride Junior, English Major
Ty’Shaun E. Tyler Freshman, Psychology Major
Jacqual Wigfall Junior, Studio Art Major
Terrel E. Williams Junior, Environmental Health Sci. Major
Zavious Willis Senior, Psychology Major
For more information on Brothers In Unity, contact the Advisor Mr. Kenntrail Grooms at (803) 705-4708 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 5, 2013 kicked off the second academic year of “Move Ya Body”, a health and wellness initiative implemented by Mr. Kenntrail Grooms, Leadership Development Specialist in the Service-Learning & Leadership Development Program. Mr. Grooms decided to continue this student work out initiative to educate and promote a healthier lifestyle among the students at Benedict College. During the “Move Ya Body” workout series, students will engage in various workout regiments to include: Strength and Conditioning, Cardio, Zumba, Aerobics and other similar exercises. All workout sessions will be conducted on the first and third Tuesdays and Thursdays of each month and are free and open to all Benedict College students. The initiative is sponsored by the Benedict College Service-Learning & Leadership Development.
The Leadership Development Institute Executive Board consisting of four (4) Service-Learning and Leadership Development Staff and eight (8) students participated in a Stop Hunger Now packaging event hosted by Spring Valley Baptist Church on August 24, 2013. BC staff and students joined approximately 200 other volunteers in packing over 60,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now to assist in feeding children in Nicaragua.
Stop Hunger Now is a Raleigh-based international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 13 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Stop Hunger Now launched its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of five years and transports quickly.
Benedict College students and staff are committed to efforts to end hunger both locally and abroad.
On August 3, 2013, five members of the Benedict College family, which included Service Learning and Leadership Development staff and student leaders, traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to participate in the American Baptist Home Mission Societies annual Ecumenical Work Week. During this week, over 100 members of Baptist affiliated churches, colleges and universities came together to complete a variety of home repair jobs, such as landscaping, painting, and hanging sheet rock for residents of the Orleans Parrish. Additionally, other work assignments included, but were not limited to, working in community gardens and surveying residents about local food needs to determine other ways to provide assistance.
The typical work day was from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Every morning was started with a daily devotion at the Greater Little Zion Baptist Church and we received our work site assignments from The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED). After a meaningful day of work, the rest of the day was used to participate in cultural enrichment activities at various sites in New Orleans.
On August 10, 2013 the Benedict College team traveled back to Columbia, South Carolina with a greater appreciation for New Orleans residents and the city. The residents provided a wealth of information about the Lower 9th Ward before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as their personal struggles and triumphs during this time. This is an experience the team won’t soon forget.
The Benedict College Summer Leadership Institute opened on June 7, 2013 and held its culminating closing ceremony on June 21, 2013. During these two weeks, twenty (20) participants from various high schools in the following school districts: Richland District 1 (CA Johnson, Eau Claire, and Dreher), Richland District 2 (Spring Valley), Lexington District 2 (Lexington High), and Lexington and Richland District 5 (Irmo) were provided a comprehensive learning experience. The following Benedict College students served as 2013 Summer Youth Leadership Institute mentors:
- Christopher Crosby, Junior , Therapeutic Recreation
- Deonna Shivers, Junior, MASS Communication
- Kenisha Johnson, Junior, Child and Family Studies
- Jeorgie Hicks, 2013 Graduate, Child and Family Studies
The Institute provided opportunities in the areas of academics, college preparation, career exploration and leadership. Six academic courses provided informative and hands-on experiences for the duration of the program. Those courses were: College Preparation Communication for Success Computer Technology Finance for Success- Leadership Development and Science or Not Science.
Another component of the two week Summer Institute was Community Service. Participants engaged in an service learning experiences at First Calvary Baptist Church. The service learning opportunity afforded participants’ the opportunity to understand the importance of service in the community and learn the different areas of the community that can use support through volunteering. Participants reflected on their personal service experiences and used best practices that will assist them in organizing and implementing future community services events
Additional extra-curricular activities were provided for the participants to apply the knowledge they learned from the classroom. These activities included (2) College Tours to include the following: Benedict College and Midlands Technical College; (1) Career Exploration tour to United States National Advocacy Center Office of Legal Education which is housed on the campus of the University of South Carolina; (1) Cultural Activities to the South Carolina State Museum; (1) Leadership Skills and Team Building activity to Riverbank Zoo Ropes Challenge Course. The participants also presented an “Oratorical” on various topics which served two parts: (1) as an enrichment activity and (2) part of the culminating program. All of these activities further expanded the knowledge and skills that the participants learned and received throughout the Summer Institute.
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church will hold the SoulFest 2013 weekend, August 23-24, 2013. The festival themed “Neighbors Embracing Neighbors” intends to celebrate the relationships of the Waverly Community.
A gospel program will open the SoulFest on Friday, August 23rd (7-9 p.m.), featuring two inspirational speakers and four gospel choral groups.
Saturday, August 24 (11a.m.-4 p.m.) will feature soul food, venders, a free Health Fair, local artist entertainment, activities for children and a classic auto exhibit.
All of the Benedict College family is encouraged to attend! The SoulFest will be held on the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church grounds, located at 2229 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29204.