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University to participate in student engagement, philanthropy day

Missouri State students volunteered more than 420,000 hours in 2011-12
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Students volunteer in JoplinOn Feb. 28, Missouri State University will join nearly 70 educational institutions worldwide to participate in the first-ever Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. The initiative, organized by CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP), is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses.

Institutions from the United States, England, Canada, Australia and other countries will participate in the event through various activities including “thank-a-thons,” day-long social media campaigns and student video interviews on what giving means to them.

At Missouri State, the Student Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter will host a volunteer sign-up day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 28 on the second floor of the Plaster Student Union. Students, faculty and staff can register for upcoming service days.

In academic year 2011-12, Missouri State students volunteered more than 420,000 hours and raised or donated more than $130,000 for philanthropic causes.

“Community engagement is a core value of our public affairs mission,” said Patrick Grayshaw, assistant director of student engagement for volunteer programs. “About a fourth of our students volunteered in some capacity last year. And that figure only includes hours that are reported through the office of student engagement.”

CASE ASAP provides programming, services and resources in advancement, including fundraising and alumni relations, for students and advisers at student alumni associations, student foundations and similar organizations at colleges and universities that are members of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day is part of CASE ASAP’s goal to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement—including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing.

“It’s important that students start taking steps to become the next group of philanthropic leaders,” said Rob Henry, CASE’s executive director of emerging constituencies. “On Feb. 28, we celebrate the value students bring to their institutions with their time, talent and treasure.”

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Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
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About CASE
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.
CASE ASAP, a program of CASE, comprises student alumni associations, student philanthropy groups and similar organizations at more than 375 CASE member institutions. Its goal is to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement while providing unique opportunities for students to explore careers in higher educational advancement.

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