Builds Leaders, Communities
(left to right): Abdul Ghaffar, Genevieve Lebeau, Melanie Clark,
Calvin Webster and J.C. Worthington
Leadership and community
service is a growing business on UNC Pembroke's campus.
Leadership Service Opportunities Program (LSOP) has contributed over
4,000 hours of community service that included tutoring, building a
church in the Caribbean and a program building compassion among fellow
Calvin Webster was
singled out for honors at a year-ending awards ceremony for his good
works. The senior from Newport, N.C., masterminded the annual campus
"Campaign for Compassion." He created events that encouraged
fellow students to consider issues like world hunger.
developed my leadership skills and my compassion for my fellow man,"
Mr. Webster said. "This program has touched me. I participated
all three years and probably did close 1000 hours of volunteering."
A part of the Office
of Student Activities, LSOP has grown so
quickly that it hired a full-time director. Melanie Clark takes over
the program from Abdul Ghaffar, director of Student Activities for UNCP.
"We are very
happy to have someone with Melanie's ability leading this program,"
Mr. Ghaffar said. "When we launched the Leadership and Service
Opportunities Program, we never imagined that it would grow so quickly."
"A lot of people
are critical of college students for not being involved in their communities,
but this proves that students do care and are willing to commit their
time and energies to do community service," he said. "We believe
in developing well rounded men and women who will become leaders of
Three hundred and
sixty students participated in LSOP in 2001-2002.
were awarded the Horizon Leader Award for completing 30 hours of community
service. Forty-two upperclassmen earned Distinguished Leader Awards
for completing 50 hours of community service.
A permanent transcript
of volunteer activities is recorded for student resumes, and special
gold sashes are worn by graduates during commencement.
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