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The “Souper Bowl”

25 Jan
The Weekend Backpack Program through W&L Campus Kitchens helps many in the community

The Weekend Backpack Program through W&L Campus Kitchens helps many in the community

This Sunday the Campus Kitchens at W&L will be hosting a “Souper Bowl” to benefit its Weekend Backpack Program. The event, which will feature soups from many Lexington restaurants, will help to fund the program which provides backpacks filled with healthy and nutritious food to local children for the weekend. This is just one aspect of the extensive CKWL initiative which is part of the Shepherd Poverty Program. You can learn more about campus kitchens here. Also, check out the Souper Bowl press release here!

Tour Guide Spotlight: Charlotte Collins ’14

3 Dec
Charlotte Collins '14

Charlotte Collins ’14

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology (Pre-Med)/Poverty

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? 
Active Minds, LIFE, Bonner Leaders Program, Big Brother Big Sister, SRC, Peer Counselor, Kappa Kappa Gamma

How are you involved in the Lexington community? 
Because of the Bonner Leaders Program, I am very involved in the Lexington community. I have a little sister in Buena Vista through Big Brother Big Sister. I am a Prevention Services intern at Rockbridge Area Community Services, working with the high school and middle schools in the area. I also mentor middle school students at Rockbridge Middle School on Thursdays through the GirlTalk program.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? 
Reading, photography, music, running, and piano

Favorite weekend activity? Sunday brunch with friends

Favorite thing about Lexington? The size!

What’s your favorite W&L memory? 
Parents weekend! My dad is an alumni – it was so much fun having him on campus with me!

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? 
The best encounter I have had with a faculty or staff member was with Dr. Jack – my freshman year biology teacher. He helped with my transition into college life and classes so much and really inspired me to keep pursuing my dream of going pre-med. I’ve never had such a supportive, genuine teacher.


Tour Guide Spotlight: Danielle Breidung ’13

14 Nov

Danielle Breidung ’13


Hometown: Waunakee, WI

Major(s)/Minor(s): Sociology/Environmental Studies & Poverty

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus?
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), the Campus Kitchen (CKP), the Bonner Leaders Program, Outing Club, and the Generals Development Initiative (GDI)

How are you involved in the Lexington community?
I am a Bonner Leader, so my service takes me to diverse locations and organizations on a daily basis. Currently, I am teaching Spanish at Fairfield Elementary twice a week, tutoring Spanish-speaking children at Maury River Middle School also twice a week, serving as a mentor for Maury River’s Girl Talk program, and volunteering at Project Horizon. I enjoy doing shifts at Campus Kitchen on Sundays.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests?
I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends. Some of my interests include women’s rights in the developing world, domestic and international non-profit work, and eco-tourism’s positive and negative impact on traditional populations.

Favorite weekend activity? Walking, hiking, and/or biking on one of the local trails

Favorite thing about Lexington? It is a small, quaint community where one can truly make a difference, make long-lasting connections, and feel safe regardless of the time of day, not to mention the beautiful natural landscape, i.e. MOUNTAINS!

What’s your favorite W&L memory?
Last year, at the end of spring term, one of my best friends at W&L and I were sitting on the colonnade while we should have been packing and cleaning our rooms. It was about 12 a.m., and we were simply enjoying the peace and quiet, the stars overhead, and the amazing view from the steps of Washington Hall while reminiscing about all of the fun things that had occurred during our first-years in Lexington.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member?
Last fall two other W&L students and I were studying abroad and conducting research in the Amazon. While there we had the opportunity to travel with three W&L faculty to Barcelos to gain familiarity with the communities in which we would be working throughout our experience in Brazil. This encounter was remarkable due to the fact that, there we were in the middle of the Amazon, and despite all of our differences, the one thing that brought us all together – professors and students alike- apart from being affiliated with W&L, was a passion for learning more about social and environmental justice in one of the world’s most breathtaking locations.


A Celebration

28 Jun

I know it’s the summer, but I just thought I’d check in! This summer I am a Bonner fellow who has been placed at the at L’Arche as the Community Advocacy Fellow this summer. My placement is intended to support L’Arche’s mission to advocate for people who have intellectual disabilities and to confront structures that prevent people from engaging in society free from discrimination. What I have found that I really admire in L’Arche is their advocacy efforts are focused on the intellectually disabled population as a whole, but also largely focused on the needs and experiences of the members of their own homes. I spent my first week familiarizing myself with L’Arche and DC in general and then began to work on researching and drafting a memorandum addressing a number of questions surrounding the advocacy issue of post-mortem discrimination concerning people with intellectual disabilities. However, L’Arche has encouraged me to spend time outside of the office and really become integrated into the L’Arche community – last night I was given the opportunity to do so.

Every Tuesday evening, L’Arche hosts a celebration and prayer night for the two group homes in the Columbia Heights area. Euclid House and Ontario House gathered together with Bethlehem House, a community similar to L’Arche, to have dinner, celebrate their time together, and reflect through prayer. The theme of the night was gratitude and the experience was absolutely wonderful. I’m learning so much from the energy and love L’Arche has for its communities and am already looking forward to next Tuesday evening.

Developing Africa

6 Apr

Through the Bonner Scholar program on campus, I was invited to a discussion with Dr. Pip Bevan about her sociological research in Africa. Currently she is working on a study looking at the long-term impacts of developmental interventions in rural Ethiopia. But she’s also done a significant amount of research on a variety of topics related to Africa over the past four decades. I’m going to Africa this summer so I jumped at the opportunity! Other students and I gathered together in a Commons room to hear her speak. We were encouraged to ask questions throughout her presentation and our time with Dr. Pip Bevan turned into quite the discussion!

Spring Break…finally!

16 Apr

Now that I am officially on spring break, I can begin to prepare for the week of service that awaits me in a rural town in West Virginia. The other first-year Bonners, Melissa Caron, our dedicated coordinator, and I will be collaborating with Step-by-Step, a community-based after school program, to design health and wellness programming to teach youth about nutrition, exercise, and some of the origins of their food in a fun and educational manner. We are all very excited about this opportunity to continue serving the community during break and to learn about the unique nature of rural poverty that many of us are unfamiliar with.

The Bonner Leaders Program is an excellent opportunity for students who are already passionate about community service because it involves not only direct service and leadership possibilities, but also, training and enrichment activities that enable participants to increase their capabilities and prepare for careers in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. If you are interested in learning more about this excellent program, check out our website at: http://www.wlu.edu/x21524.xml.