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College Shows Commitment to Volunteering at Job Fair; Coastal Georgia Faculty and Staff to Help Deliver President's Promise

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Shows Commitment to Volunteering at Job Fair; Coastal Georgia Faculty and Staff to Help Deliver President's Promise

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK College of Coastal Georgia held a job fair Monday for work with rewards that can't be deposited into a bank account.

Thirty-one local service organizations told Coastal Georgia faculty and staff members about the services they provide and the volunteer opportunities. The college's first ever service learning fair will help faculty members deliver on Coastal Georgia President Valerie Hepburn's promise to make community service a strong part of the experience for students.

As he stood in the middle of the displays in the college's just opened Campus Center, Andrew Smith, director of student activities, said the number of organizations invited shows the college's commitment.

"It's not just good for the community. It's not just good for our community; it's good for the college,'' Smith said. "Students need to get out and see the problems in the real world and how they can help.''

Smith said there will be two service fairs for students, one Aug. 18 at the Camden Center in Kingsland and another Sept. 25 in the Campus Center on the Brunswick campus.

Among the organizations were the United Way, Habitat For Humanity of Glynn County, Faith Works, and the International Seafarers' Center.

Janice Applegate of Faith Works was busy explaining the organization's many programs for providing accommodations for those in Brunswick for cancer treatments, feeding the poor, helping them find housing and solace.

Bert Brown said Habitat for Humanity has a new building project starting soon after classes begin at Coastal Georgia.

Building was on Hepburn's mind on the day she gave a state of the college address and welcomed returning faculty back and welcomed new ones as the now four-year college prepares to open next week with a new student housing facility and the new Campus Center where the service fair took up the atrium and an adjacent room. …

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