University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
January 3, 2012
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6640

USA to Celebrate the Life of
 Dr. King with Service and Outreach

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           The University of South Alabama will participate in the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Day of Service held Mon, Jan. 16 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Dumas Wesley Community Center at 126 Mobile Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The JagTran buses will pick up students at Beta/Gamma Commons at 9 a.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 400 volunteers, and a complimentary lunch will be provided by Firehouse Subs and Chick Fil A.

            This initiative is sponsored by the USA Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, which is co-directed by English Instructor Karen Peterson and Dawn McKinney, senior computer and information sciences instructor.

            USA joins universities around the country in supporting the community by participating in service projects. Service-learning is a student-focused community effort that builds civic-minded citizens thought community service. Students are also mentored by faculty, business and community partners.

            Volunteers will help with numerous community activities including doing art and cleaning projects. The Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity will be building a wheelchair ramp at the home of Jessie Rowe, 2723 Reaves Street. They will also volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, Penelope’s Closet, and Little Sisters of the Poor.  In addition, the USA Jaguar Basketball team will teach drills to the children playing at Dumas Wesley Community Center.

            Additional sponsors for the event are the USA Student Government Association, Jaguar Productions, Firehouse Subs, Chik Fil A, Fusion Spa Salon, PUSH America, South Brookley United Methodist Church, and the USA Bookstore.

            Those interested in volunteering can pre-register at, and information is available at  For more information, e-mail Karen Peterson at The Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is coordinating the event, which has been planned by the Community Service Living Learning Community.


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