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 JT for Student SpotlightJonathan Templeton

Position: Development Team Member for the Alternative Break Board

Years in Position: 1 

Q: What are your leadership roles on campus and in the community?
A: I am currently a member of the development team for the Alternative Break Board and have been a member of Southern Leaders for two years. I have also co-lead an Incoming Freshman Alternative Break Trip and hope to lead more.

Q: What do you find most meaningful about your work?
A: The thing I find most meaningful about my leadership work is the opportunity to help out with the Alternative Break Program. This is something that is very near and dear to me. To have the opportunity to assist with the development of this amazing program is something that I find very enjoyable as well as meaningful.

Q: How do you hope this work might help you in your career, and in your life?
A: I hope that this work will help me in my future career and life by teaching me the leadership skills and qualities needed to succeed. Not only that, but I also hope that new opportunities will be presented to me that test my skills and values. So far I think it’s doing a pretty good job.

Q: What’s one piece of leadership or engagement advice you’d like to share?
A:One piece of advice I would like to offer is to be humble and lead by example.  People are always watching and listening, but especially if you are in a leadership position.  Leadership doesn’t end once you’re out of the public eye.  It’s not just what you do in front of others but what you do out of sight that defines you as a true leader.


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2014 Weekend Alternative Break Trip #2

Applications for our second Weekend Alternative Break of the year are now available in the Office of Student Leadership & Civic Engagement.  The trip will travel to Macon, GA to partner with Rebuilding Macon focusing on the rehabilitation of houses of low-income homeowners.  This trip will take place November 7-9 and will cost $25.  If there are still vacant spots, applications will officially close at 5 pm on Thursday, October 23.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will not be considered complete until you have submitted both your application and payment. 

If you have questions, please contact Katy Kaesebier at or Tiara Johnson at



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SOLD Workshops @ 5:30 pm in Russell Union 2047

Monday, October 20 – Chris Pugh from the MSC will present on “Finding A Mentor”.  Learn why you should find a mentor and more about the benefits it can give you.

Tuesday, October 28 – Dr. Abby Brooks, Professor of Communication Studies, will present on how to create and give an “Elevator Speech”.  Elevator speeches are incredibly useful for networking in spontaneous spaces.


Be The Change Week is coming up!

October 25th-31st

Event Calendar


What do you do when your education and passion intersect with a significant social challenge?  Dr. Nandi A. Marshall, a recent graduate of GSU’s College of Public Health and professor at Armstrong State University, will share her story of engaging rural communities in pursuit of health equity in the region.

Weekly Volunteer Trips

Each week, you will have an opportunity to sign up for trips in the OSLCE from Monday at 8am until the time that trip leaves. For Saturday trips, you have from Monday at 8am to Friday at 5pm to come by the office and sign up. Note: You can only sign up for trips one week at a time!

All Trips depart from the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Russell Union suite 1056

Mondays Children’s Garden Club 3:00-5:00pm – Promoting sustainability to children at Mill Creek Elementary School
* Background Check and application required! Background Check request forms and applications are available in the OSLCE (RU 1056)

Tuesdays After School Program 3:30-4:30pm – Working with children at Sallie Z Elementary School * Background Check and application required! Background Check request forms and applications are available in the OSLCE (RU 1056)

Wednesdays Westwood Nursing Home  3:30-5:00pm – Activities with the Residents

Cone Homes 2:30-5:00pm – Help with an after school program staffed solely by GSU volunteers * Background Check required! Background Check request forms are available in the OSLCE (RU 1056)

Thursdays Rebecca’s Cafe 12:30-2:00pm – Serve meals and meet and greet with Statesboro residents

Fridays Food Bank  1:30-3:00pm – Sorting food to help our community

Saturdays  Habitat for Humanity 10:00-2:00 – Work at a Habitat site or the Restore  (meet outside OSLCE, RU 1056)

Farmer’s Market and Soup Kitchen  10:45-1:00 – Feed the need  (meet outside OSLCE, RU 1056)

For questions about weekly trips contact Amber Carter at:  

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The 2014 Holiday Helper Tree needs YOUR HELP! 

The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement needs your help to monitor the Holiday Helper Tree while it is open (November 6th – November 21st). To volunteer, come by the OSLCE (RU 1056) anytime between 8am-5pm and sign up! You can volunteer for one (or more) one-hour time slots between 9am and 3pm. First come first serve! 


Apply to be a 2014 SOAR Leader

If you would like to spend your summer working with new Georgia Southern students, apply to be a SOAR Leader!  Applications are available now on the Student Employment Center website:  You may also find more information by visiting our website at

Attend an Information Session on October 26, 27, or 28 at 7 pm in Lewis Hall on Sweetheart Circle to learn more about the position and hear from past SOAR Leaders about their experiences.

Applications are due Monday, November 3rd. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Orientation at or by phone at 912-478-7627.

Volunteer for the Zombie Run on October 25th!

We are looking for volunteers for the Zombie Run, which will be held at the RAC on Saturday, October 25th. I have attached a flyer with all of the details of the event. We need volunteers to help with the 5K at 8:30am, volunteers to dress up as zombies for the one-mile fun run, and several volunteers just to help the event run smoothly. Please tell anyone interested to contact me for more information at or (912) 478-8651


Fall Festival Volunteers needed

Mattie Lively Elementary School is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Fall Festival held at the school,  204 Debbie Drive, Statesboro.  The festival will be Saturday, November 8th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Volunteers are needed from 10 am – 3 pm.  Please contact Aimee Moore (828-773-8642) for more information or to volunteer for a shift.

Annual Haunted Forest

The Bulloch County Boys and Girls Club is looking for volunteers for the Annual Haunted Forest. We need volunteers for Oct. 24-25 and 27-31. Volunteers do not need to commit to all days, just as many as they can. We are looking for groups of about five or so to serve as “pushers.” Volunteers would dress up in scary costumes, which will be provided, and move/scare people along the trail. Volunteering would be from 8-12 at night and can be broken up into shifts. All volunteers will be fed dinner!

Southeast Bulloch Middle School

Family Science Night Tuesday, October 28th from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm. We would like to have 12 – 14 volunteers to help with our Family Science Night. Family Science Night allows families and the community to have fun exploring content, activities, and games that support scientific learning. Volunteers and teachers  play and learn with students and their families as they circulate among stations filled with a wide variety of interactive science applications. For questions or to sign up contact: Sherry M. Jordan Parent Involvement Coordinator Bulloch County Schools Phone: 912-618-0287/912-212-8557 Fax: 912-489-5855


Volunteer at the 9th Annual International Festival

The 9th Annual International Festival will take place on November 15th from 10am-4pm at Mill Creek Regional Park. Check out for more information about the event! If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Angie Threatte at 912-478-0570 or Orientation sessions will be held prior to the event. A Festival tshirt will be provided.


Feed the Boro

For over 20 years State Farm Agent Jimmy Anthony and Gracewood Baptist Church has been feeding the less fortunate and public service personnel in our community on Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Anthony has led this project in the past, until his health made it difficult. Last year, we prepared and delivered over 2800+ meals. This preparation starts on Wednesday, November 27th from 4-8pm at Statesboro High School’s kitchen. The turkeys are cooked and the desserts are sliced and packaged. On Thanksgiving Day from 7am-2pm, volunteers help to prepare the plates and deliver the food. ANY donation or volunteeringwould be helpful in our mission to ensure that everyone in our community enjoys a Thanksgiving meal. If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact Robin Aspinwall at (912) 596-9542. Volunteers are also strongly encouraged to sign up here:


School Supplies Drive for the ESOL Program of Bulloch County

There will be a school supply drive during the week of October 27-31. For more information for why the drive was started click this link to the blog ( supplies listed have been specifically requested by the teachers but other school supply donations are accepted.

Supplies Needed:
Dry Erase Markers
Notebook Paper
Construction Paper
Composition Books
Poster Boards
Colored Pencils

There are two locations you can drop off your donations: the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Russell Union and Instructional Resources Center in the College of Education (located on the second floor). The collections for the drive will end on October 31st at 4pm. If you would like more information on how to get involved with this fundraiser, please email Robyn Sanders at



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Chose a community-based project from over 50 job descriptions! Just 5-15 hours a week can give you the critical leadership experience and references you need for your future! Open to all students.

Volunteer Tutors Needed The Bulloch County ESOL programs are in need of tutors for a diverse population of students who have learned English as their second language. All majors are needed & students will be placed at local schools in Bulloch County. It’s a great way to not only give back to the community but to also help students do well in the classroom. Interested? Questions? Please contact the Community Liaison Robyn Sanders at Send in schedule of availability with first contact. Must have own transportation and be available for at least an hour between 8am-3:30pm

Statesboro Farmers Market

The Statesboro Farmer’s Market is looking for volunteers to help the market set up and run smoothly.

Saturdays- Downtown in the Sea Island Parking Lot, 7:30-10:30 am and 10:30- 1:00 pm

Every other Tuesday – ON CAMPUS between Hollis and Herty from 8:30am-1:00pm 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11

Tuesdays-  Honey Bowen building off Fair Rd., 4:15-8:00 pm

For more information and to set up a time to volunteer contact:  Samantha Koss

F1RST Fridays Downtown Statesboro!
Come join Main Street Statesboro and experience a part of Statesboro you did not know was here. By getting involved in our F1RST Friday events you add to the exciting environment that is the wonderful downtown Statesboro. So lend us your hands and a little of your time a become a part of the downtown family.

Every First Friday we have themed events, live music, entertainment, children’s activities, shopping, dinning, art and theater. Volunteers can build their resume portfolio through a variety of outreach opportunities. Make invaluable connections and network with people of all walks of life.
Our festivals include Taste of Downtown, Ag Night Out, Scare on the Square, Holiday Celebration and Spring into Statesboro.
Volunteer Hours 4:30pm-8:00pm
Contact Allen Muldrew,  912.764.7227

Read more about the DSDA here:

Help an Adult get their GED The EAGLES (Enhancing Adult Georgians’ Life and Education Skills) Tutoring Program is seeking tutors in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Georgia Southern students will be paired with an adult student from the community seeking to improve his/her basic academic skills in preparation for the GED. Tutoring sessions will be held every Friday from 9am-12pm in the College of Education beginning September 12, 2014. No tutoring experience is necessary. Volunteers must be least 18 years of age and preferably able to commit to 1 to 3 hoursper week for the course of the semester. If you are interested in this learning more about this opportunity, contact Dr. Amelia Davis @ or 478-0201.

Goodwill Job Connection Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday each week at the Goodwill Job Connection center. Georgia Southern students are a great help reviewing resumes, assisting applicants with online job searches and applications, and providing one-on-one tutoring for ESOL and GED classes. 9:00 – 6:00 each day, and weekly evening classes. Please call for details:  Edgar Alamo, 912.667.6677.

The Spot – After-school Mentoring Program
Volunteer mentors are needed each Thursday to work with Kindergarten -5th graders (3:30-5:00) and 6th grade – 12th grade (4:30 – 6:00). “Big Buddies” should come to The Spot, 331 S. Walnut St. to participate. Please see our Facebook page,  or call Roosevelt Cone, 912-541-2809 for more information.

National Church Residences

Help make a difference in the lives of residents at the Statesboro Summit community! Volunteers are currently needed to lead games, activities and classes, administrative tasks, and offer companionship. If you are interested in volunteering please contact: Amanda Lienhard 912-764-3390 (

Memorial Health Foundation

Memorial Health Foundation is seeking a volunteer to work with our Development staff. Gain fundraising and special events experience, and the opportunity to use your creative talents for a good cause.  The volunteer performs a variety of administrative, marketing, research and fundraising duties to support the Memorial Health Foundation office.  Transportation required.

For more information please contact:  Janet Kolbush, Development Outreach Coordinator


Hospice Advantage Volunteers are needed with Hospice Advantage in the Statesboro, Claxton, and Metter areas. We are looking for men and women that are willing to dedicate a few hours a week to call Bingo and assist with activities in the local nursing home.  We need people that are hardworking and dedicated because these people trust and depend on them to come and visit with them. If interested, contact Kimberly Williams at 912 764-6222 or 912 433-2222. Volunteers will be required to take a TB test, background check, and complete an application. We love volunteers!!!!!!!!!!!

Volunteer Note Taker

**The Student Disability Resource Center is seeking motivated students with:  -legible handwriting,

-good organizational skills, -a desire to help

Interested students should call (912)478-1566 and make an appointment to register as a volunteer note taker. If you match with a student who needs notes in one of your classes, you will be asked to share copies of notes.  As a thank you for providing notes, volunteers will be given EARLY REGISTRATION privileges (in addition to being able to count the hours spent taking notes towards volunteer hours)!!

Tutoring Opportunities in Rural Georgia

High school students are seeking guidance with essay development, math skills, test preparation, and or completing college applications. Tutors could also be helping elementary and middle school students improve fundamental study skills. Meeting times are Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45pm at Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church (760 Magnolia Church Rd. Statesboro, GA 30458) or Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church (185 Poplar St. Pembroke, GA 31321). If you are interested, contact Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson at or 912-478-5252.

Red Shirt Drills – “Actors” Needed! During the school year, CRI hosts several training sessions for RAC lifeguards, which are called “Red Shirt Drills”. These drills have “actors” play the role of victims in various simulated emergencies on the pool deck/in the pool. These are great learning opportunities for our staff, and a great way to get your students involved. CRI has several opportunities each month for you to serve as a victim for these drills, and they are looking for volunteers for these.  Please contact Brad Field ( if you are interested in this opportunity.

Seeking Volunteers for International Conversation Hour!  The Center for International Studies is looking for volunteers from 11:00-1:00 p.m. every Friday for International Conversation Hour (ICH).  ICH provides a great opportunity for American students to interact with students from around the world and find out about their culture as well as how different their college experience is compared to ours. ICH meets every Friday from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom. Volunteers will need to arrive at the Ballroom 11:00 a.m. to help set-up food, drinks, activities, and prizes. If interested in volunteering or for more information, contact Angie Threatte at

Statesboro High School Band Boosters need help Statesboro High School Band Boosters has volunteer opportunities available during Fall 2014. Most of these opportunities are working concessions at home football games.  The only exceptions are the East Georgia Marching Band Festival and the Cotton Candy booth at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair.  All of the football games and the Festival are held at Womack Field at Statesboro High School. Call Time for all football games is 6:00 pm.  Please report to the concession stand behind the ticket booth at Womack Field.  The Concessions Manager(s) will direct you from there.

You can either sign up on our online system (Charms) at the link listed for each event or contact Devora Griffin ( unless otherwise noted.

Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department needs Volunteers Spanish Speaker: The Parks and Rec department is in need of a volunteer with Spanish speaking skills to teach Spanish Club at Sallie Z Elementary. All lesson plans will be provided. The club will meet twice a month in the afternoon starting in September. Please email Katie Maynard for more information.  Office help: The Parks and Rec department is in need of a volunteer to help in the Honey Bowen Building After School Office on Monday or Wednesday. The volunteer would be helping prepare the lessons for the next week which can include preparing crafts, filing paper work, or making copies. Please email Katie Maynard at for more information. 


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