University Organizations Call for Student Involvement

On a bright sunny day in Oxford, Miss., dozens of university organizations came out to play.  From 11 a.m. till 2 p.m., 40 different groups, representing local as well as national levels, set up booths with balloons, candy and smiling faces to try to get as many Ole Miss students involved in their efforts as they could.

The day started with a speech from Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones.  In the speech, Jones spoke of promoting more student engagement and praised the organizations for the work they have done for the community, as well as for the university.  

One of the many booths outside the union was for the Mississippi Blood Services.  Operations Manager Lolita Gregory says that student involvement is the key to help organizations thrive.

“We want students to come and take a look around and pick an organization to donate their time,” said Gregory.

Senior R&D Horticulturist of the Medicinal Plant Garden Derek Oglesby says that having an opportunity to come out and inform students about their organization is vital to their success. He says it’s also important to the entire Oxford area.

“We understood this fair to be different organizations within the university that could provide a service to the community,” said Oglesby.

The Medicinal Plant Garden’s goal is to educate the public about today’s use of medicinal plants.  Oglesby says student involvement could greatly help to spread the word.

The fair continues on Friday as part of the inauguration ceremonies for Chancellor Dan Jones.

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~ by nmmills on April 6, 2010.

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