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    Day of Service

    The Cal U community will put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy into practice during the University’s annual Day of Service, held this year on Jan. 31.

    From 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., members of campus clubs and organizations will meet in the Natali Student Center to perform service-oriented activities coordinated by the university’s Center for Civic Engagement. 

    A blood drive organized by Central Blood Bank will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 724-938-4775 or log onto www.centralbloodbank.org and enter sponsor code CU02.

    Activities during the Day of Service include:

    • Decorating bags for Valentine’s Day — benefits Ronald McDonald House, Morgantown, W.Va.
    • Creating Valentine’s Day cards — benefits Meals on Wheels.
    • Making Valentine’s Day hearts (facilitated by Sigma Kappa) — benefits Center in the Woods.
    • Creating teen reflections journals (facilitated by Options@CalU) — benefits a local shelter.
    • Making cards for cancer patients (facilitated by Colleges Against Cancer/IRHC) — benefits American Cancer Society.
    • Assembling packets (two projects) — benefits American Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
    • Making St. Patrick’s Day shamrock decorations — benefits Golden Living Center.
    • Registering participants for the MS Walk & Hole-in-One Competition (facilitated by Theta Xi) — benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    • Signing a Cal U flag and registering to visit Veterans Affairs hospital (facilitated by the Veteran Club) — benefits veterans.
    • Creating stress relievers (rice bags) — benefits Cal U Health and Wellness Education.

    An ongoing service project collects wish-list items for the Ronald McDonald House through spring break.

    Inspiration for the Day of Service was a 2003 visit to Cal U by the late Coretta Scott King, wife of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During her campus visit she asked that the day commemorating her late husband be observed as “a day on, rather than a day off.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

    Members of the Cal U community attended the 2nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon on Jan. 24 in the Natali Student Center.

    Speaker was the Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, the 33rd general (national) president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

    The first intercollegiate Greek letter fraternity for black students, Alpha Phi Alpha now has more than 175,000 initiated members of all races, including accomplished activists, educators, businessmen, philanthropists, entertainers and athletes. This national organization was extremely influential in leading the efforts to build the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. See a virtual tour of the memorial.

    Mason is an author, educator, historian, ordained minister and consultant on a variety of projects documenting the African-American experience. Currently he serves as college archivist at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he holds an endowed chair as the Edward and Hermese Director of Morehouse College’s Learning Resource Center.

    Mason is a member of Leadership Atlanta, the Society of American Archivists, the Association for the Study of Afro American Life and History, and the board of directors for the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation.

    On the calendar

    All University offices are closed on Jan. 16, 2012, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Spring semester classes at Cal U begin on Jan. 23.

    See the academic calendar for the Spring 2012 semester.

    Meet the speaker

    Portrait of Rev. Skip Mason.The Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason is the 33rd general (national) president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.