Cameron University welcomes VISTA volunteers

Cameron University is pleased to welcome Jennifer Williamson and Jennifer Luckenbill, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, to campus. Williamson and Luckenbill will serve in a volunteer capacity through AmeriCorps VISTA for a term of one year.

 "Jennifer Williamson and Jennifer Luckenbill will play a key role at Cameron, helping build the infrastructure for a community service and service learning program on our campus," says Jennifer Holland, Dean of Student Services. "We welcome them to campus and know they will have a positive impact on our local community."

Williamson will work with CU students, student organizations and non-profit agencies in the Lawton-Fort Sill community to pair volunteers with local needs. Prior to coming to CU, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  Luckenbill will work with CU faculty to incorporate service learning into the academic curriculum. She is a recent graduate of the University of St. Andrews, where she earned an M.Litt degree in Women, Writing, and Gender.

Cameron is one of 11 Oklahoma universities and colleges to be awarded VISTA volunteers through the Oklahoma Campus Compact, a membership organization that encourages and supports its members in developing college students' awareness and skills in civic participation through service-learning, community service, and other methodologies. VISTA members awarded to campuses through the Oklahoma Campus Compact will increase the quality and level of campus service and volunteer support for community-based organizations.

About AmeriCorps VISTA

Envisioned by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, created as Volunteers in Service to America by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service and have the option of receiving a $4,725 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $1,200 stipend after completing their service. About 6,500 VISTAs are placed each year in more than 1,200 projects around the country. Additional information about AmeriCorps VISTA can be found at www.americorps.gov/vista.

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January 13, 2009
PR#09-004