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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 1, 2009

Birmingham-Southern first-year students to engage in day of service

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Many new students at Birmingham-Southern College will spend their first weekend away from home serving and learning from their neighbors in the West End community. The BSC Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action hosts Fall Outreach Day Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. at various non-profits and schools in the College Hills and Bush Hills neighborhoods, adjacent to the BSC campus.

Bunting Center Director Kristin Harper said the goal is to introduce new BSC students to their neighbors and show the positive potential of service-learning.

“Because we believe that community engagement is an important part of BSC's history and mission, we are pleased to include in new student orientation an opportunity for students to get to know their new neighborhood, meet our community partners and begin to build a real-world context for their college education.”

Students have been signing up all summer to work at one of the four Bunting Center community partners' host sites including Habitat for Humanity, Urban Kids, Northstar Youth Ministries and Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.

After their day of service students will be treated to a cookout near BSC's Norton Campus Center. There they will have the opportunity to meet student community liaisons and reflect about their experiences.

For more information on BSC's Fall Outreach Day, visit www.bsc.edu/academics/bunting, or call Justin Brimer at 205/226-7996.

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