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Morrisville State College Students Continue to Extend Hearts and Hands to Local Communities With Food and Winter Clothing Drives, Volunteer Efforts

MORRISVILLE, NY—As leaves changed colors and thoughts turned to scenes and scents of fall, Halloween and football, it’s been a season of awareness, hope and reaching out on the Morrisville State College campuses.

Students are fortifying classroom lessons with life lessons—pouring their time and compassion into local communities with food drives and a day-long volunteer brigade.

Eighty Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) students are the latest to reach out as the world recognizes National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 16-22.

They will be holding a food drive, “Supplies for the Soul,” at the Morrisville campus from now until Dec. 5, collecting non-perishable items hoping to fill 150 holiday dinner baskets for needy families in the Morrisville community. They will also be raising money through raffle ticket sales which will be used to purchase turkeys, hams and cookie mixes that will complement the holiday dinner baskets.

Non-perishable items being collected for holiday dinner baskets are mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, pickles, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, gravy, pudding, Jell-O and apple sauce. Additional items are also welcome.

Donations can be dropped off in the CSTEP plywood drop box in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC), or by calling 315-684-6009 for pick-up.

The Norwich Campus is also pitching in with their own campus-wide food drive in Norwich Nov. 3-19. Community members can drop 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.

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

For more information or to donate to the Norwich Campus Food Drive, call Dr. Fred Weaver, assistant professor and coordinator of the human services program at the Norwich Campus who is also spearheading the Norwich food drive, at 607-334-5144, ext. 5043.

Members of the Office Technology Club on the Morrisville campus will also be collecting slightly used winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves or mittens to donate to the Morrisville Elementary School. Donation boxes will be in various locations throughout the Morrisville campus and can also be picked up by calling Patti Payette or Mindy Doyle at 315-684-6022. Members of the club along with co-advisors and faculty also recently raised money by participating in a breast cancer walk Oct. 5.

Morrisville State College students also extended their hearts and hands to the community during a campus-wide day of service in which students clad in white shirts emblazoned with the powerful words “Into the Streets,” converged in the Morrisville and Norwich communities Oct. 17, volunteering at numerous organizations.

The overall message students are conveying through their efforts is hope.

“There are low-income people who have little food or are homeless,” Dr. 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.”

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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.

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.