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Morrisville State College’s Norwich Campus to Hold Food Drive, Goal to Fill Conference Room With Donations for Local Community

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— The four pink pigs on the conference room window at the Norwich Campus of Morrisville State College serve a special purpose.

The colorful paper cutouts will be used to track the number of non-perishable food items collected by students in a campus-wide food drive Nov. 3-19. For every 50 items collected, the pigs will be moved forward on a chart visible to the entire campus community.

Each pig represents majors challenging each other to amass the most nonperishable items. Vying for the top spot are criminal justice, human services, early childhood and nursing programs, according to Dr. Fred Weaver, assistant professor and coordinator of the human services program at the Norwich Campus who is also spearheading the event.

Students’ goal is to fill a 26-by-14-foot conference room, dubbed the fish bowl, with nonperishable items which will be donated to Roots and Wings, an organization that helps the needy in the local Norwich community.

The college has held food drives before, but none of this scope, Weaver said.

“When we were deciding what we could do about world hunger, we decided to approach it as a school and involve the entire campus,” he said.

Winners won’t be reeling in any prizes though. Instead, the coordinator of the losing team will be tasked to kiss a pig.

So teams are conjuring up their own ways to collect cans and items to assure a win.

Weaver hopes to have a different event planned every week for his team to collect donations.

Brian Cobb, an intern working on campus facilitating the Human Service Organization (HSO) said HSO will be teaming up with members of the Student Government Organization (SGO) at the village of Norwich Pumpkin Fest Oct. 24 and 25 to collect items for the human services team.

They’ll be offering face painting in lieu of a nonperishable item from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25.

And they’ll be dressing up as canned food items on their float during the Pumpkin Fest parade, to visualize a point.

“There are low-income people who have little food or are homeless,” Weaver said. “If you are hungry and you don’t have heat, it’s difficult to think of higher goals like educational and spiritual goals. This is how we as a community can help.”

Although four majors are competing, the Norwich Campus offers a variety of associate degree programs and classes, and Weaver hopes to get other students involved.

“I see this as a community effort,” Weaver said. “We will be pulling together different parts of the community to work toward a common goal—to reach out to others, especially during this economic downtime.”

Community members can pitch in by dropping off items in the office on the second floor of Follett Hall on the Norwich Campus, 20 Conkey Ave., adjacent to the Eaton Center in downtown Norwich, during the food drive or by supporting students’ community efforts.

For more information or to donate to the Norwich Campus Food Drive, call Dr. Weaver at 607-334-5144, ext. 5043.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.

The Norwich Campus also offers a range of non-credit/community education courses, customized training, and conference services.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.