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Posted on January 13, 2015

Two events honor the memory of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King:

Portrait of Derric Heck, Day of Service Speaker at Cal U.Jan. 20: MLK Day talk

Derric I. Heck, director of strategic initiatives at Propel Schools, will speak at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 in the Vulcan Theatre, inside the Natali Student Center. Propel Schools is a federation of not-for-profit public charter schools located in and around Pittsburgh.

The campus community, as well as the general public, may attend Heck’s talk, “Connecting for Impact.” 

An architect and longtime community advocate, Heck works with Propel schools and the Propel Foundation to offer quality choice in education to communities throughout western Pennsylvania, and to inspire achievement among students. 

He also is the founder of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities to Pursue Excellence), an initiative designed to mitigate disparities in academic outcomes through staff and scholar development. Read his bio

Jan. 27: Day of Service

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 27 members of campus clubs and organizations will meet in the Carter Hall Multipurpose Room to perform service-oriented activities coordinated by the Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning.

Projects will benefit numerous organizations, including Center in the Woods, Washington Family Center Afterschool Program, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Golden Living Center, local animal shelters and Meals on Wheels.

Students must register online through OrgSync is they wish to participate in the Day of Service.

On Jan. 27 they also may register in person or through OrgSync to participate in a Feb. 3 blood drive organized by Central Blood Bank.

The Day of Service can help students bolster their Activities Transcript, an official record of their service and leadership activities. Inspiration for the annual event was a 2003 visit to Cal U by the late Coretta Scott King, who asked that the day commemorating her husband be observed as “a day on, rather than a day off.”


To learn more about the Martin Luther King Day talk, contact LaMont Coleman, associate dean for multicultural student programs.

For details about the Day of Service or other volunteer opportunities, contact Diane Hasbrouck, director of the Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning, or phone the center at 724-938-4794.