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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Jonathan Haidt is a moral psychologist who studies our intuitive moral foundations and how they both unite and divide us. He is currently touring in support of his new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and will be speaking at Florida State on September 11th.

Haidt has been a featured speaker at the TED conference in 2008 and 2012. He has been interviewed by Bill Moyers and has been a featured guest on the Colbert Report. He is an engaging, humorous speaker with an extraordinarily important and timely message. Booklist called Haidt, “a much-needed voice of moral sanity.” Haidt’s visit is sponsored, in part, by SGA’s Golden Tribe Lecture Series, and his talk will be from 8:00 – 9:30 in the Student Life Cinema on Tuesday, September 11th. Immediately afterwards, FSU’s Spiritual Life Project will be hosting an activity designed to exercise our righteous minds. You won’t want to miss this intriguing event. FSU UNITED WAY GIVE AWAY FSU Student United Way has $13,787.99 to give to FSU RSO’s. What's the catch? They want to see you being productive! They want to see positive, sustainable changes in Tallahassee. Enough people have the vision, but not enough have the resources. Here's one opportunity to receive the resources necessary to help your RSO's vision get off the ground. If you wish to find out more information about the chance at receiving the money you can visit their website or go to their Facebook event page.

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THE CENTER HAS A NEW NAME! The Center for Leadership and Civic Education and the Center for Multicultural Affairs have joined organizational forces under a new name: The Center for Leadership and Social Change. We are thrilled to be enhancing our work through the integration of leadership education, community engagement, and intercultural learning. We strongly believe that our identity and how we build relationships across difference is directly connected to our capacity to create positive sustainable change in our communities. You are welcome to stop by The Center to learn more about what we are doing and find out how you can get involved. We are in the Dunlap Student Success Center and the 3rd floor of the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement, located on S. Woodward Avenue. PEACEJAM FALL INFO SESSION, SEPT. 9TH @ 2PM PeaceJam is an international education program built around Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. We have a lot underway this year for anyone interested in making a difference in the lives of youth all across the Southeast, including: Mentoring: INSPIRE youth at our annual slam and conference through engaging service and meaningful discussion, alongside a Nobel Peace Laureate. Coaching: EDUCATE youth in the local community about nonviolence and peace through the study of Nobel Peace Prize Winners inspiring young leaders to create change in themselves and their community. International Trips: ACT, through global engagement and direct service by volunteering abroad this summer-- bringing positive, sustainable change to communities across the globe. SLC: INSPIRE, EDUCATE, and ACT with our Student Leadership Council changing our campus and community through Global Call to Action projects and educational events throughout the year. If you are interest, please come to the Information Session on Sunday, September 9th from 2-4:00 PM in the Dunlap Success Center RM 2201. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Rody Thompson at 850-645-8782 or via email at DO YOU SPEAK ITALIAN? YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! An elder resident at Westminster Oaks Retirement Community speaks Italian and not enough English to communicate effectively. If you speak fluent Italian, or even if you are studying the language, this resident could really use your help. If you are interested, or want more information, please contact Linda DiGonzalez, the volunteer coordinator at Westminster Oaks at

FAMILY FACILITATORS NEEDED! The Dick Howser Center is partnering with Children's Medical Services, Early Steps and a few other agencies to hold a community screening for children ages 6 months to 5 years old, in the Springfield Community Residential Complex. The date is set for Friday, September 7, 2012, from 8:30-11:30 AM at the Springfield Community Center, located at 1702 Joe Louis Street, in Tallahassee. Volunteers are needed to serve as family facilitators, who will help guide families from station to station and ensure that they have collected information from each service agency. Volunteers are needed to arrive at 7:30am, wearing a solid black top and jeans. If you are able to volunteer please contact Kim Sineath at 850-574-3906 or via email at BE A READINGPAL AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN EARLY LITERACY ReadingPals relies on hundreds of volunteers every year to read one-on-one with children who have been identified as struggling readers. Volunteers read to a child one hour per week for 25 weeks, choose the school they volunteer at and the day they volunteer, and the weekly curriculum is already developed and tailored to children’s reading needs. For more information or to sign-up online, check out their website or contact Courtenay Garcia at (850) 488-8325 or

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) Tutor Training Workshop - Tuesday, September 11th from 6:00–8:00pm. If you would like to help newcomers develop their English skills, become a member of a great organization, meet people from around the world, and learn new skills from an accredited nonprofit educational organization, then this is the workshop for you. You do not need to know any other language other than English to be a tutor. This workshop will be held in the Literacy Classroom on the 3rd floor of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library at 200 W. Park Avenue. For more information please contact Literacy Volunteers of Leon County at (850) 606-2644 or (eligible for global pathways certificate sustained experience) UM CHALLENGES FSU TO A BLOOD DRIVE COMPETITION! FSU will “Battle for the Bucket” on Tuesday September 11th through the 13th. The Southeastern Community Blood Center will have three bloodmobiles on campus on these three days. Stop by and make a donation to help beat UM, and more importantly save lives! Donors will also receive a free t-shirt, while supplies last. This event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Southeastern Community Blood Center and the Center for Leadership and Social Change. If you have questions about this event, contact Heather Stitely at

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE Are you interested in working one-on-one with a child with autism in hopes of helping him obtain his highest potential? You would also learn some basic skills for working with children with special needs. Volunteers do not need to have experience to participate - only the willingness to learn through one-on-one training. For more information contact Rachel Peck at (850) 509-2338 or visit their website. SPAGHETTI 100 Volunteers are needed for the Spaghetti 100 cycling event on October 6. Proceeds from the event goes to support Kids on Bikes that teaches local 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade kids bicycle skills and drills. For more information, visit our website at To sign up to volunteer, go to this website: All Volunteers will receive a free volunteer t-shirt and a spaghetti meal after your volunteer shift. If you have questions, please contact Jack Tomassetti at STUDENTS FOR EDUCATION REFORM – 1ST MEETING 9/6 Did you know that students who qualify for free/reduced lunch are, on average, two years below grade level? Students For Education Reform (SFER) is holding its first meeting of the semester on Thursday, September 6th! Come and learn about SFER and the educational achievement gap, while making connections with other passionate students of all disciplines in the FSU community. The meeting will start at 7 pm in The Dunlap Success Center (diagonal from Denny's)! Like our Facebook page: "Students for Education Reform- Florida State University" WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Join Westminster Oaks on September 29th at Lewis Park in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is a 2-mile walk hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony and walk will begin at 10 a.m. There is a $25 donation per walker, which includes a T-shirt. Proceeds will be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. Anyone interested in joining the Westminster Oaks team should contact the Westminster Oaks Volunteer office at 850-878-1136 and ask for Linda DiGonzalez or email by September 15th.

FALL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECTS ARE COMING! Small group service projects will be starting up the week of September 10th. Stop by the Center for Leadership and Social Change to sign up. There will be projects to choose from almost every day of the week, addressing a wide variety of community need areas. Projects are student-led & transportation is provided for all projects, all semester! Contact Heather Stitely at if you have any questions.

CAMP BOGGY CREEK FALL FAMILY WEEKEND Camp Boggy Creek’s Fall Family Weekend season is right around the corner. They will have eight disease-specific family retreat weekends scheduled beginning in September and running through December. These weekend events allow campers, siblings, parents and other family members to have a fun weekend getaway, along with other families who are dealing with a chronic or life-threatening illness. They are currently signing up volunteers for one or more weekends this fall! Volunteering at Camp Boggy Creek offers groups the opportunity to team build together and give back to their community. Individual students also find this to be a way to give back, enhance their resume or possibly receive school credit. They need 65 to 70 energetic volunteers each weekend to help give families a great time! Volunteers (both male and female, ages 19 and older) act as a Family Pal, Activity Pal, Certified Lifeguard, Psych-Social Facilitator or Dining Hall assistant during each three day event. For more information, check out their website and download the Volunteer Application packet. You can also visit their Facebook page to learn more about them. To contact the Volunteer Office you can call (352)483-4200 ext. 4293 or email at with questions. If you are interested, please email them the name of your group, number of members to attend and the name and email of the group’s leader to receive their Group Guidelines. If members have already attended camp within the last 2 years, they may email us to receive the RETURN Update form for returning volunteers only. RED CROSS NOLES MEETING - SEPTEMBER 11th @ 7PM The first General Body Meeting of the semester will take place on Tuesday, September 11th at the Dunlap Student Success Center, in rooms 2201-2202 at 7:00pm. Don’t miss it! We will be discussing volunteer opportunities and exciting events that have been planned for the Fall Semester! Plan on attending and bring all your friends! Also, join us on Facebook at Red Cross Noles! For more information, contact Stephanie Hagans at SERENITY COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATION, INC. is a Gadsden County, Florida based nonprofit organization founded to provide programs and services that will assist the community and promote the healthy development of at-risk, disabled and underprivileged youth and their families. Serenity is looking for individuals who have talent in the following areas: music, dance, voice, acting, and ballet. We are asking for volunteers to help train these youth as they strive to reach their true potential. All interested person's please contact Michelle Culver at (850)274-6849 or (850)875-3936.

BE A MENTOR WITH YOUTH PROGRAMS Youth Programs makes a wonderful difference in the lives of students in grades K-12 served by Leon County Schools. All mentors gain valuable experiences: interacting with children; learning and applying tutoring skills in reading, writing, math and science; and providing a much-needed service in school sites as well as after-school programs. Inspiring someone else to be successful, academically and socially, and to give hope to and inspire the dreams of others is so powerful. The rewards that you will gain as a part of this program will be immeasurable and life-changing. If you are interested in serving as a mentor to a child in need, register here for one of the following training sessions: September 13, 14, 17, 20, or 21. All trainings will take place at the Dunlap Success Center Room 2201 from 4:30pm-7:30pm. If you have questions or need more information, contact Joi Phillips at CARINVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FT. BRADEN SCHOOL Back by popular demand! The Ft. Braden School is hosting their annual school carnival on October 19th. There will be games, food (pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc), a haunted house and a silent auction. Volunteers are needed to help the teachers with their booths and with serving food. In addition to the carnival there will also be a fish fry, and volunteers are needed to help serve and clean up. Since our Florida State volunteers have been such big help in the past, they are seeking our help again this year. This is the perfect opportunity for student groups looking for a service project. The event is being held from 5:00pm-10:30pm and shifts are from 5:00-8:30pm and 7:0010:30pm. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Christy at GO BEYOND BORDERS! Beyond Borders is a unique short-term program offering an alternative to traditional academic study abroad programs. Participants gain a rich understanding of the local culture and make long-lasting connections through this immersion experience. Small groups of 10-12 students spend one week at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica during FSU spring break; or 3 weeks after the end of spring semester at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. Application Deadlines: Jamaica - September 21, Germany - October 26. Find out more at an Information Session: Tuesdays at 4 pm (Sept. 4, 11, 18, Oct. 2) and Wednesdays at 12 pm (Sept. 5, 12, 26, Oct. 10). All sessions held at the Global and Multicultural Engagement Building, Room 2600, 110 S. Woodward Ave. Application available online at: ENGLISH TUTORS NEEDED Dr. Jon Dalton is looking for 4-5 student volunteers to help teach/tutor English to about 25 Mexican migrants/immigrants. These volunteers are needed every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm at the Berean Christian Church located at 6214 Blountstown Rd (about 3 miles east of the FSU campus). No experience is needed since the volunteers will work under the direction of the project director. Help is also needed in supervising children in a play area during the class time. This is a good opportunity for students to practice Spanish and meet and interact with Mexicans living in our area. Contact Dr. Dalton if you are interested in this opportunity at 850-385-7122 or via email at

INTERNSHIPS & JOB OPPORTUNITIES AMERICORPS VISTA POSITION AVAILABLE WITH CHARTER SCHOOL IN TALLAHASSEE The School of Arts and Sciences is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to create a school partnership program. Responsibilities include assessing needs; identifying potential funders, partners, and volunteers; recruitment/outreach; creating partner toolkits; writing grants; and coordinating, documenting, and sustaining the program. Required experience includes building partnerships, developing/coordinating programs; research, writing, speaking skills. Experience in education is preferred. VISTA members receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits (if applicable). If you are interested, email a resume and cover letter to Julie Fredrickson at To learn more about the School of Arts and Sciences check out their website. To learn more about the VISTA program, please visit their website as well. CAREER CENTER SEEKING AMBASSADORS FOR FALL 2012 SEMINOLE FUTURES CAREER EXPOSITION About Seminole Futures: Seminole Futures is Florida State’s largest Career Exposition featuring over 100 employers recruiting students of all majors. The event is located at the Leon County Civic Center, and will be held this year on Thursday September 20, from 9 am to 3 pm. The Seminole Futures Ambassador Program: Serving as a Seminole Futures Ambassador provides students with networking opportunities and unique exposure to recruiters interested in hiring Florida State students. Through a revamped training program, Career Center insights will be shared with Ambassadors to enhance their volunteer experience. Students will be prepared for the exposition and plan a strategy tailored to their interests before attending the exposition. As a part of this program, students will learn about successful exposition strategies, tips, and personal experiences from students who attended Seminole Futures in the past. If students bring their resume to the training, they will receive ambassador exclusive one-on-one advice from a Career Advisor. Time Commitment: Seminole Futures Ambassadors must sign up for one training session. Trainings will be held on: Wednesday, September 12 at 6 pm in DSC 2201 Thursday, September 13 at 2 pm in DSC 2201 Ambassadors can sign up for various volunteer tasks and time slots to fit their schedule for the exposition starting at 7 am and ending at 3:30 pm. Ambassadors will also be given an exclusive name tag to distinguish themselves at the exposition among students and recruiters. Students interested in serving as a Seminole Futures Ambassador should contact Katie Letcher, Graduate Assistant for Career Events and Employer Relations at

FLORIDA’S WATER AND LAND LEGACY INTERNSHIPS As a dynamic environmental campaign on a tight deadline, we are looking for enthusiastic interns who are willing to commit ten or more hours a week to helping us at campaign headquarters in Tallahassee. Here are some of the positions we need filled: Events Intern Research events around the state of Florida, gather information on those events, enter into a database, call contact persons about availability of tables/tents, etc. as well as any policies that event might have on gathering signatures. Policies Intern Research corporate policy on public signature gathering, ie. Publix, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc. Data Entry Intern Enter new volunteer data into our database. Phone Bank Intern Assist the Phone Bank Coordinator with calling and confirming volunteers scheduled to phone bank. Petitions Intern Assist Operations Manager in processing petitions and petition packet assembly. Interested candidates may contact: Laura C. Operations Manager (850) 629-4656 ______________________________________________ Students are encouraged to use their best judgment when selecting service opportunities. Opportunities are not screened before they are posted. OTHER JOB OPPORTUNITY RESOURCES: >> FSU Career Center | >>SERVEnet | >>Idealist | >>Opportunity Knocks | >>Independent Sector | >>


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