BATON ROUGE – Almost every day for the next two weeks there will be a student sponsored service activity held on a University of Louisiana System campus for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The UL System’s Student Advisory Council (SAC), made up of campus student government association (SGA) presidents, selected St. Jude as the recipient of their Students Strong in Service program because of the amount of Louisiana citizens served by the organization. The Bayou State sends more children to be treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital than any other state except Tennessee and also houses two of the six St. Jude affiliate clinics around the United States.
“We are so excited that the SGA Presidents have chosen St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the beneficiary for their additional fundraising efforts this year. So many of the University of Louisiana System universities participate in our Up ‘Til Dawn Program and have raised enormous amounts of money and awareness for St. Jude. We are thrilled about the opportunity to expand our relationship with the UL System through this new effort on behalf of the SGA Presidents,” said St. Jude Event Marketing Representative Andree Miller.
WHAT: UL System Students Strong in Service Events for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
WHEN/WHERE: Attached is a detailed list of events by campus, but below are summations by date.
- Monday, Oct. 31 : Supply and book drives at Louisiana Tech and ULM
- Tuesday, Nov. 1 : Letter writing campaign with food and entertainment at Louisiana Tech and Raising Canes partnership at ULM
- Wednesday, Nov. 2 : Drawings for sideline passes at Louisiana Tech and drawings for dinner with the president at both Louisiana Tech and ULM
- Thursday, Nov. 3 : Races with entertainment at both Louisiana Tech and ULM
- Monday, Nov. 7 : Supply drives at Grambling, Southeastern, and UL Lafayette; and awareness events at McNeese and Nicholls
- Tuesday, Nov. 8 : Letter writing party at Grambling, supply drives at McNeese and Southeastern, Bing Cherry Frozen Yogurt fundraiser at Nicholls, and UL Lafayette student bowling at Lafayette Lanes
- Wednesday, Nov. 9 : Soliciting donations at Grambling, dodge ball tournament at McNeese, a basketball tournament at Nicholls, and Johnston Street Java partnership with UL Lafayette
- Thursday, Nov. 10 : Basketball tournament at Grambling, letter writing event at McNeese, concert for cancer event at Nicholls, and penny wars at Northwestern elementary and middle/lab schools (running Monday-Thursday)
- Friday, Nov. 11 : Pie in the face contest at McNeese, a football pool at Nicholls, Florien High School casual day and Northwestern elementary and middle/lab schools award ceremonies organized by Northwestern, and the conclusion of branch wars at Southeastern
“I am extremely proud of our student leaders. They have conceptualized, planned and are executing these events to help an organization that gives hope to so many children. In higher education, we are in the business of educating students but sometimes they teach us, such as the value of service and philanthropy,” said UL System President Randy Moffett.
“As student leaders we believe higher education is not only about getting an education but also about molding ourselves to be the best well-rounded citizens we can be. It is our hope that students, faculty, administrators and staff at all eight universities who participate will come away feeling we have made a positive impact on the state of Louisiana,” said University of Louisiana at Monroe Student Government Association President and SAC Chair Brooke Dugas.
Other members of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) are Grambling State University SGA President Channing Gaulden who also serves as the SAC Service-Learning Coordinator, Louisiana Tech University SGA President Clint Carlisle, McNeese State University SGA President John Tarasiewicz who also serves as SAC Vice Chair, Nicholls State University SGA President John Lombardo who also serves as the UL System Student Board Member, Northwestern State University SGA President Tara Luck, Southeastern Louisiana University SGA President Luther Holloway, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette SGA President Kylie Templet.
UL System student leaders have a long history of student-driven service projects including:
- Voter registration drives,
- College preparation campaigns including middle and high school visits,
- Extreme Spring Break Habitat for Humanity projects, and now
- Students Strong in Service fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
ABOUT THE UL SYSTEM: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in the state enrolling about 83,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. With the addition of the University of New Orleans pending SACS-COC approval, the UL System’s enrollment will grow to over 94,000 students.