SMU Service Ops

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Greg Nelson
rgnelson@smu.edu

SMU has a great reputation for academics and student life. But something that I think is overlooked is how helpful SMU students are in the local and national community. I may be biased because I am very involved with Habitat for Humanity on campus. We have sent out over 50 different students to a Habitat build over the past month. There have also been students that met to walk to support the stopping of human trafficking. Other students have organized fundraisers and walks supporting the fight of cancer and specifically breast cancer. Groups have been started on campus to mentor students in under privileged areas and others may not even be a part of a campus group but still find ways to get involved in the community. The reason why I joined Habitat was because I wanted to get involved and integrated into a new community by doing something fun and something I am comfortable with. Habitat is also a great way to meet people and you can really see the change that you have helped make from week to week. Stemming from Habitat and other organizations are opportunities known as alternative spring break. Yes, it is a little weird to think about spring break already even though we haven’t even had thanksgiving, but these opportunities to help internationally and domestically fill up so fast because SMU students love to help and be involved. I would love to go to Haiti this spring and follow that with the Habitat trip to Costa Rica that will be in May. I am very excited about what the students of SMU are doing for the local, national and international communities.

If you would like to see some of the community service groups on campus you can visit http://smu.edu/samsa/Organizations/default.asp#service . Want to know more about alternative spring break trips? Visit http://smu.edu/lci/asb/2009%204SiteLocations.html for more information. If these sound interesting, explore your community and high school for opportunities and ways to help, there is always something and it is never too early to get started. You can see what we have been doing for Habitat this semester by visiting http://www.flickr.com/photos/hpumc-cfc-habitat-for-humanity/sets/72157625075622388/ and checking out the pictures from the build.

Hope everyone has a great week. Keep cheering on the Mustang football team as we are now 3-2 and 2-0 in conference USA after beating Rice this past weekend by 11. Tulsa is the opponent this weekend and they will be coming to Dallas for a big conference match up. As always…GO MUSTANGS!

About Nelson, Randall Gregory

I am from Cleveland, OH and in my third year at SMU. I am studying Finance and Economics and hope to work in sports after I graduate. At SMU, I currently work in the admissions office and serve as the President for our campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
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