Hello! My name is Michelle and I am currently serving as a practicum student in the Office of Service-Learning and Leadership Development. I will be spending the next five weeks learning about SLLD and Benedict College, assisting with the office in anyway I can, and gaining professional development skills.
A little about me: I received an Individualized Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Sociology from Otterbein University (near Columbus, Ohio) in May of 2013. I am currently a first year student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters of Education Program at the University of South Carolina. There, I serve as the Graduate Assistant for the EcoReps Program – a group of student leaders who engage in peer-to-peer education to inform the USC community about environmental issues and initiatives. I will graduate in May of 2015, and am looking forward to starting my career as a Student Affairs Practitioner.
My first week at Benedict was spent getting acquainted with the ins and outs of the SLLD Office, and I had the opportunity to participate in the Founders Day Convocation. It was great to get to learn a little about the history of Benedict, and to hear from current faculty, staff, students, as well as alumni. Their stories expressed the value of their Benedict education, and spoke to the long-lasting memories that alumni made during their time here.
I look forward to spending the next five weeks with the Benedict community!
Members from Brothers In Unity, Sister Act and The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), served as student volunteers at C.A. Johnson High School for their quarterly sponsored reading literacy and parent workshop on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Students had the opportunity to participate in various volunteer efforts while interacting with the staff, parents, and students of C.A. Johnson. This community outreach project has been an on-going project since, the fall 2013.
The spring 2014 cohort, “The Foundation” made history on Monday, February 24, 2014 with their first ever new membership presentation, “The Evolution of Brotherhood”. Brothers In Unity would like to welcome the 10 newly inducted brothers into the organization. BIU is a student-led male outreach initiative, sponsored by The Service-Learning & Leadership Development Program.
Devante Collins Junior, Business Administration Major
Rodney Donaldson Junior, Mass Communication Major
Keyon Harrison Freshman, History Major
Ja’Taurean Moore Freshman, Criminal Justice Major
Ja’Tarius Moore Freshman, Criminal Justice Major
David Richardson Junior, Mass Communication Major
Lorenzo Shider Freshman, Business Major
Tevin Sol Senior, Music Major
Brandon Willams Freshman, Criminal Justice Major
Denzel Willams Junior, Environmental Health Sci. 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
The Love Condom Campaign is an international event that is celebrated around the world on International Condom Day. This year two Service-Learning and Leadership Development Outreach Programs, Sister Act and Brothers in Unity were asked to participate in this event by campaigning on campus to inform students of the Meaning of the Love Condom, while distributing the condoms. Also during this event members of Sister Act, Brother in Unity and F.E.M.A.L.E.S. Passed out bracelets, earrings, and dog chains that said “Safe Sex is the BEST Sex”, as well as “ I KNOW My Status.” The Love condom is a new condom that is used to promote safe sex with persons in love. The purpose of this event was to inform as well as bring awareness to Benedict College students.
One Sister Act member, Jonetta Petty stated, “Today as we walked around campaigning for ‘Love Condom Campaign’ we received many different reactions from the student body here at Benedict College. As we spread the word to use protection and stay safe, students began to take the condoms. Many students were shy and wanted to be given them under handedly, while others were proudly to be given them in the open. Some even started to assist in distributing condoms to other students on campus. This event brought many of us together and we all felt proud of what we were doing. “
Thanks to the ladies and gentlemen of Sister Act, Brothers In Unity and participating members of the F.E.M.A.L.E.S. participants that helped to make this campaign a great success.
February 7th was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an observance day intended to raise awareness of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and encourage action to reduce the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on blacks in the United States. Compared with other races and ethnicities, blacks had the highest HIV incidence in 2010, with an estimated rate of 68.9 per 100,000 populations, nearly eight times the estimated rate of 8.7 among whites.
Sister Act hosts this event every year in the Gressette Leadership Center with the South Carolina HIV and AIDS Council. During this event, Sister Act members assisted the facilitators with preparing condom bags and assisting with the registration process. Pledge cards that stated, “I Pledge to Use a Condom Every Time” were distributed to individuals that were tested. The event was a success with fifty-five students tested and over one hundred condom packets distributed.
Sigma Alpha Phi Chapter of the National Society of Leadership & Success Spring 2014 Orientation and Leadership Training Day
The NSLS Spring 2014 Orientation and Leadership Training Day officially welcomed the 18 pending members of this prestigious organization on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in the Gressette Center. This interactive session was a combined leadership experience that included introductions of the chapter’s Executive Board and Advisors, overview of the organization, membership benefits, various individual and group activities that focused on team building, personal and group leadership styles and preferences. The Orientation and LTD concluded with a Q/A session discussing the necessary requirements for membership induction.
Seventy (70) collegiate students and advisors from campuses across South Carolina gathered together in Columbia, SC to participate in the 7th Annual South Carolina Student Leadership Forum on Faith & Values Conference. Students participated in group sessions and heard from speakers, such as U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who spoke on how his faith has driven his career and his greatest influence, which was his grandfather. Other speakers included Brad Edwards, Gregory Lemos, Doug White, and Tim Coe. They spoke on topics such as leadership, relationships, entrepreneurship and reconciliation.
The students were also invited to have dinner with a host family from the Columbia community. The meals ranged from pizza and salad to a three-course meal. Participants’ conference experience also community service in collaboration with the HomeWorks organization to assist an 80 year old woman with home renovations.
The Benedict College participants, De’Anna Holmes (Junior), Lyne Butler-Bates (Freshman) and Ms. Boudre Thomas (Service-Learning Program Assistant) enjoyed their experience and have continued to keep in contact with newly found relationships foraged at the Forum.