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Earn service learning hours on the Library Lawn

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, FGCU will host the Eagle Marathon Day of Service on the Library Lawn. There will be two-hour opportunities throughout the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be dance and crafts, birthday card creation and t-shirt quilt making. The Office of Service Learning hopes the endless array of service to be done will help you discover your passion. Their service ambassadors have opportunities prepped and awaiting student participation — the ambassadors will lead the marathon and also provide info about upcoming events they’re leading. For info, contact...

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Laces of Love returns to FGCU

Whether it was the loop-de-loop, bunny ears or circle method, learning how to tie your shoes was a part of childhood. Though often overlooked, shoes are, arguably, the most essential piece of material we wear. Unfortunately, not every child is lucky enough to be able to own a pair of shoes. Joined by alumnus Chris Sale and the rest of the Sale family, Laces of Love held its third annual shoe drive at Alico Arena during the men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 30 to collect shoes for kids in Lee and Collier County. Since 2015, Chris...

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New FGCU RSO tallies 1,500 service-learning hours in its first semester

One of FGCU’s newest RSOs officially began this past September as the brainchild of FGCU alumna and professor Courtney Satkoski and her repeat teaching assistant Jordan Shedrow. THE Big C gets its name from the many service words beginning with the letter “C” — most importantly, “community” — said the club’s president, Shedrow. Since the initial idea for the club, the leadership team has expanded to eight members, which managed to tally 1,500 service-learning hours in the fall semester. These hours came from a variety of service opportunities, including the mentorship program that was established through THE Big C...

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving strive for positive changes in Florida law

When people hear about Mothers Against Drunk Driving they typically associate the organization with mothers who are completely against alcohol but according to program director Lori Burke, MADD is about more than spreading the story of a mother who has experienced tragedy. It’s about making a change. MADD, which has been in five counties in Florida for more than three years, is an organization filled with many different types of people who are fighting to put an end to drunk driving through awareness and proper precautions. According to Burke, drunk driving is a problem that persists throughout Florida and...

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‘Holiday Happenings’ raises awareness to Shy Wolf

When Denise Parker and her husband Tim Parker moved to Naples in 2003 from New York, neither would guess that Tim’s artwork would later be helping Florida wildlife, especially wolves. The couple, who spends their time working at the gallery, also contributes to the community through art. “We recently donated work for the Lee County Homeless Coalition and the Search and Rescue,” Denise Parker said. “We are often contacted by different organizations, and Tim is always happy to donate for fundraising events and dinners.” This past week, the Parkers opened their doors at Art2D to host a couple of...

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FGCU students awarded for their work with underprivileged youth

For a young girl lacking the proper mentorship, ideas of becoming a doctor or a performer may seem like distant dreams, but thanks to the effort of FGCU students those dreams are closer to becoming a reality. FGCU students that were part of the Junior Women of Initiative mentoring program paired with a senior capstone program to create a curriculum for mentors that would help future students. As a result, they were recognized at the Paragon Award Ceremony alongside FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw  and other prominent leaders in Collier County on Dec. 1 at the Naples Botanical Garden....

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Naples Preserve hosts a free holiday house for guests

With Christmas just weeks away, more and more people are entering the gift giving spirit. This year, Naples Preserve offers a special gift to residents in the area. Naples Preserve will be hosting a free holiday open house from Dec. 9-11 for anyone who would like to attend. The event which is geared toward preserving the holiday spirit and allowing families to have a fun time will be transforming the preserve into a winter wonderland that is set to amaze visitors and form memories that will last all year. The preserve will feature holiday trees decorated to match both...

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Naples Art Association seeks volunteers for Art in the Park

College students all have at least one thing in common: the need for service learning hours. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, you most likely have heard about the Food Forest, or the hours you get from taking colloquium, but how many hours can you do here at FGCU before you want to try something a little farther from campus? “I volunteer because I believe in the importance of the Naples Art Association’s educational programs for children and adults” Terry Moore, an NAA volunteer, said, “as well as its efforts to promote and enhance valuing and appreciating visual...

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Something for the soul

Filmed and edited by Nora Reca. “It only took one time for me to see that the number 13 is the number that belongs to me. So, now,  it’s 13, 13 pills per day that will determine whether I live or die.” From the library to the bus loop, students  laughed and cheered while they celebrated each other’s talents and brought awareness to HIV/AIDS at FGCU’s SoulFest concert. SoulFest is the  brainchild of FGCU’s newest RSO, SoulFlowers, along with their advisor Daniel Stallings, who put on a similar event in 2013. To make the concert bigger and better than...

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Walk and Roll: FGCU students volunteer to fight nerve disorders

While patrons of the Walk and Roll were busy racing along the winding path at Lakeshore Park, Ileana Hamel was taking her time, rolling by in her motorized wheelchair. Hamel was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) three years ago. She explained how she became ill with pneumonia and later suffered through a coma– all due to her condition which left her body temporarily paralyzed. Hamel lifts her left leg up a few inches and smiles, saying that despite her condition, she is making progress to get her body moving again. GBS is an inflammatory disorder of the nerves that...

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