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June 10, 2009

Birmingham-Southern Bunting Center greets four AmeriCorps volunteers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala – The Birmingham-Southern College Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action welcomes four new staff members as a part of the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. These volunteers will spend the next year helping the Bunting Center to encourage service-learning by strengthening existing community partners, recruiting BSC faculty and students, and working specifically with the college's Hess Center for Leadership and Service and the Southern Environmental Center.

Justin Brimer, a native of Birmingham, is assisting with the Bunting Center's communications and publications. He is a 2006 graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelor of science in communications. Brimer worked for three years as a newspaper reporter and photographer, most recently with the “Smoky Mountain Times.”

Katie Gilbert, originally from Dallas, Texas, will be strengthening relationships between BSC and the Bunting Center's community partners. She is a 2006 graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor of arts in religion and in 2009 received a master's of divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Resa Pense, a native of Davis, Calif., who has lived in Taiwan and China, is coordinating volunteers for community ecoscapes through the BSC Southern Environmental Center. She graduated from Berea College in 2005 with a bachelor of science in agriculture and from Southern Illinois University in 2009 with a master's of landscape design.

David VanLandingham from Dothan is working to expand the Hess Fellows program for the BSC Hess Center for Leadership and Service. He graduated from BSC May 17 with a bachelor of arts in history.

The VISTA program began in 1965 following President John F. Kennedy's vision to expand the PeaceCorps to domestic volunteer service. VISTA's sole goal is to eliminate poverty, and volunteers attempt this by building the capacity of local organizations to strengthen their communities.

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