SUN Center receives grant

Eccles' Grant provides $13,000
Posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 2:09pm

The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation recently notified USU-CEU’s SUN Center that they approved a $13,000 grant to support the students in the service-learning partnerships in the community during the 2010-11 academic year.

Director of the Center, Kathy Murray, said last year’s SUN Presidency applied for the grant in the spring and was anxiously waiting for what would enable them to carry out many of their service projects. The grant will directly fund the SUN Center’s projects, leaders, and volunteers. Activities such as the annual Breakaway trip, volunteer recognition, and many local projects put forth by the SUN Center.

Limited funds are received from the college to support the SUN Center so the grant was greatly anticipated and made possible many of the projects that were put on a temporary hold prior to receiving the grant. Upcoming projects that benefitted directly from the grant include the Hunger Banquet and the Bread and Soup Nights which are held every Monday in November from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

In the letter from Lisa Eccles, president, she wrote, “With continuing appreciation for the tremendous educational enrichment, the SUN Involvement Center offers students at the College of Eastern Utah, our directors are pleased to be able to include support for these service-learning partnerships in our grant-making again this year.

“We know the service experiences enrich the lives of your students during their college years, and we appreciate the time and effort they contribute with such enthusiasm to help so many citizens.”

This year David Potter is SUN Center president with Courtney Reynolds and Todd LeMmon, as the vice presidents. Office manager is Austin Ashcraft. There are 17 student leaders who are in charge of community- and campus-based projects. They meet and work with a community agencies or group to define service needs, set up projects, publicize and gather volunteers, complete service and reflect on and with their volunteers.

The SUN leaders include Amanda Van Wagoner, hunger issues; Austin Davis Castle Valley Center; Courtney Reynolds, Breakaway; Gabrielle Guymon, SUN Center singers; Jordan Moynier, sports and recreation; Julia Potts, Boys and Girls Club; Keera Allred, United Way/Angel Tree; Lacey Bradshaw, Kid’s at Heart Club; Rachel Smith, Adopt a Neighbor; Ryan Bradshaw, environmental issues; Sharel Gilbert, animal issues; Tori Frame, Families with Promise and Wendy Perez, adult education.

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