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St. Catharine College students, staff and faculty were busy volunteering their time during the fall semester.
Beginning in August, the student orientation staff members assisted with weeding in the community garden plot maintained by St. Dominic’s Catholic Parish. The project was part of fall orientation and was open to entering freshmen.
September was also a busy month, as the Student Government Association coordinated campus-wide participation in a project (Thumbs Up for Lane) to support a Kentucky boy in his fight against cancer. Photos of faculty, staff and students giving thumbs up were sent to Lane to buoy his spirits and give him courage.
Also in September, members of the psychology club assisted Health and Human Sciences faculty and staff in their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at Bardstown’s Bourbon Festival. This fundraiser supports special projects and unbudgeted needs in the school of Health and Human Sciences.
Campus clean-up also took place in September, as resident students, coordinated by the Residence Hall Council, spent the day picking up trash from the campus and doing general tidying up around the St. Catharine College grounds.
In October, members of the Residence Hall Council sponsored a car show on campus, with entry fees going to breast cancer research.
The Student Government Association sponsored a day of leaf raking in November in the Springfield community for residents who had been unable to rake the leaves in their yards.
Thomas Paris and Jonathan Engstrom, a student and a recent alumnus, participated in Nun’s Build in November. The duo helped with home repair for Hurricane Katrina victims through the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, La. Catholic religious women and friends joined together for the week-long repair effort.
Groups from St. Catharine have participated in two previous Nun’s Build projects in 2010 and 2011. Paris and Engstrom are members of Dominican Young Adults.
Members of the men’s’ soccer team assisted with the Kentucky Book Fair in November, an annual event that is considered Kentucky’s premier literary event, as it features 200 authors and draws up to 5,000 patrons.
Students with the Kentucky Education Association Student Program worked with voter registration in Nelson County and operated a kids voting effort at one of the polling places on Election Day. The polling site was at the Parkway Baptist Church.
In December, members of the Dominican Young Adults coordinated a campus-wide clothing drive to benefit The Caring Place, a center for domestic violence victims in Lebanon.
The Student Government Association stewardship committee organized a stuffed toy drive for the campus. Over 200 stuffed animals were distributed, along with coloring books and crayons to children at St. Joseph’s in Bardstown and St. Dominic’s School in Springfield. Area nursing home residents also received hugs and stuffed animals.
Members of the baseball team volunteered with Springfield Renaissance. They served as Santa’s ground crew at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport on Dec. 1. Team members ensured safe parking, kept the runway and parachute landing zones clear and made sure the Children met Santa.
Regular blood drives were also held throughout the year, providing faculty, staff and students with the opportunity to give the gift of life through a blood donation to the Red Cross. Fall blood drives were held in August and October. The August drive broke the St. Catharine College record for units donated.
Throughout the fall semester, members of the women’s soccer team collected food items for the food pantry sponsored by St. Dominic’s Parish in Springfield.
Nursing students participated in the Catharine of Siena project. The fourth-semester students contributed more than $2,100 to The Caring Place, a domestic violence shelter in Lebanon.
The second-semester students held a raffle in October, earning over $400 and collecting several bags of baby clothes for House of Hope, a pregnancy and outreach center in Springfield.
The first-, second- and third-semester groups wrapped gifts at Amazon on Dec. 17, as part of “Gift Wrap with a Smile,” to raise funds for their respective organizations: The Joy Cart, House of Hope and Surgery on Sunday. Six faculty members accompanied over 45 students for the project.