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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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Can drive held in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Week

A canned food drive was held at Eaglepalooza on Thursday, Nov. 17. The drive ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and was organized by Evelyn Philistin, Director of Civic Engagement. It was organized as a part of National Hunger and Homelessness Week. “What I wanted to do this year, is bring this week to Florida Gulf Coast University,” Philistin said. “Just because I feel like there was not that much education or not that many opportunities for students, faculty and staff members to learn about the issues of hunger and homelessness. Throughout the week she, with the help...

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Making shelter life better

FGCU students are spreading awareness about animal homelessness while partnering with the Gulf Coast Humane Society. As part of professor Jessica Rhea’s group project for a civic engagement course, students have partnered with the GCHS with the goal of making shelter life better for animals and promoting the dogs for adoption. “GCHS is all about the community,” said Jenna Walther, a GCHS volunteer. “We have two low-cost clinics that are open to the public, which helps people keep their pets up to date on vaccines and spayed/neutered. We also have a TNR program in our spay/neuter clinic that fixes...

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Wings of Shelter hosts discussion about human trafficking at FGCU

Wings of Shelter, a local organization that dedicates itself to preventing and intervening against child sex trafficking in all areas, paired with FGCU civic engagement group, Eagle’s Wings, to host a presentation for students in Reed Hall on Nov. 9. The presentation focused on educating FGCU students about sex trafficking and how it is present within our community. “There’s a lot of different numbers going around as far as how much money human trafficking generates, and one of the things that makes it difficult to fight and prevent is that it is really hard to prove,” guest speaker Hillary...

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Pi Kappa Phi fights to spread positivity

This year has been filled with strife for a lot people in the community, but Pi Kappa Phi is shooting to help make a change. The FGCU fraternity, whose mission is to create lifelong brotherhood while encouraging community service, strives to keep up with its own philanthropy The Ability Experience, but this past week, they also lent a huge helping hand to the community. “A lot of what makes the front page isn’t always the most positive story, but we [as a campus] definitely need to encourage discussing and sharing the positive things that we’re all doing,” Joseph Rotella said....

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Phi Alpha Delta Grants A Wish

At the Hilton Naples hotel, the Royal Palm Ballroom is filled with joy and laughter coming from Reagan Conroy, who spends her night flaunting a mickey mouse hat and taking to the dance floor to teach guests how to do dances like the NeNe, all in celebration of a wish that the members of Phi Alpha Delta at the Ave Maria school of law are working to make come true. Conroy, 8, is a little girl living with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), an immune disorder that’s generalized by low counts of antibodies that help fight off illnesses. CVID alters...

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FGCU students host all-day gaming event to raise money for Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital

Filmed and edited by Javier Moncado. While most gamers binge-play through the night, gamers at FGCU got up early on Nov. 5, grabbed their consoles and made their way to Sugden Hall to participate in the Extra Life event, Game Day. The event was hosted by an FGCU civic engagement group, named Eagles for Extra Life. This group included students Aiden Stawhun, Izaak Funke, Diane Bedell and Jason Benfante, as well as the FGCU eSports club. EFEL was an all-day gaming event where students got together and played games to raise money for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital....

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FGCU gives students a sense of place

The children of Pinewoods Elementary in Estero were excited to help beautify the garden at their school on Monday, Nov. 7. About 20 kids joined a group of FGCU students working on their Intermediate Senior Seminar project, which educated the children about gardening and better irrigation techniques by planting a banana circle. “We want to give the kids an example of polycultures,” Eric Parker, an FGCU student, said. “When we plant this way, it emphasizes diversity so that the plants mutually benefit each other.” The garden started back in 2007 when Jane Swedish, a teacher at Pinewoods Elementary, along...

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Eagles host free vision and hearing screening

Joe Jackson, coordinator of the Bonita Springs Lions Club sits on a bench inside the Family Resource Center at FGCU where kids aged three to six wait to get their eyes and ears checked. He laughs at a little boy named Arthur Bejhaj, and prompts the child to give him high-fives before he’s called in for a scanning that could make a huge impact on how he is able to learn. What started as a civic engagement project turned into the establishment of FGCU’s second club in the state with the International Lions Club. Established in 1925, the Lions...

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Precision medicine presentation to be held at FGCU

A presentation about precision medicine will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in Holmes Hall, room 224. “Precision medicine is medicine that is tailored to an individual’s genome, instead of a general statistic of how a medicine should work to treat a certain illness,” said Jacob Hafen, an FGCU student in charge of helping organize the event. The event is being organized by FGCU students such as Hafen and is being hosted by The Clinical and Translational Genome Research Institute. The Clinical and Translational Genome Research Institute is a nonprofit organization that aims to deliver medical innovations,...

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