Louisiana sends more children to be treated at St. Jude than any other state except Tennessee and the state also houses two of the six St. Jude affiliate clinics around the United States-in Shreveport and Baton Rouge.
"The UL System Student Advisory Council decided on this project because it hits close to home with so many St. Jude patients from Louisiana. As student leaders we believe higher education is not only about getting an education but also about molding ourselves to be the best well-rounded citizens we can be. It is our hope that students, faculty, administrators and staff at all eight universities who participate will come away feeling we have made a positive impact on the state of Louisiana," said University of Louisiana at Monroe SGA President Brooke Dugas, who chairs the group of SGA Presidents that make up the UL System Student Advisory Council.
"I am extremely proud of our student leaders. They have conceptualized, planned and are executing these events to help an organization that gives hope to so many children. In higher education, we are in the business of educating students but sometimes they teach us, such as the value of service and philanthropy," said UL System President Randy Moffett.
McNeese's activities are scheduled Nov. 7-11 and will include:
Monday, Nov. 7
10 a.m.-1 p.m.-Awareness Day in the Quad-This event includes a DJ, a St. Jude informational table and personalized street signs.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
10 a.m.-1 p.m.-Supply Drive in the Quad-Supplies will be collected and cards will be available to sign for the patients at St. Jude. Click here for the supply wishlist.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
6 p.m.-A dodge ball tournament will be held at the racquetball courts, with six members to a team with a $30 entry fee. Proceeds go to St. Jude.
Thursday, Nov. 10
6-10 p.m.-Up 'til Dawn's annual letter writing event will be held in the Recreational Center. This event raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and will include music, free food and patient testimonials.
Many of the ULS universities already participate in the Up 'til Dawn program and have raised enormous amounts of money and awareness for St. Jude. McNeese's Up 'til Dawn program received two national awards at the St. Jude 2011 Collegiate Leadership Seminar in recognition of its commitment to the program. Ross Theriot, executive director of Up 'til Dawn, received the Danny Thomas Leadership Award, while Liz Sanders, multimedia specialist in the McNeese marketing department, received the Adviser of the Year Award.
"When I was first told that the ULS Student Advisory Council had chosen St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as its service project, I was extremely excited about the opportunity," said Theriot. "Being a former McNeese student body president, I know that the ULS Service Project can benefit so many around the state and I'm very happy the council chose St. Jude this year. I look forward to educating the campus about St. Jude with the help of the Student Government Association and to helping raise funds for this wonderful cause."