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Macon a Difference Day
Macon a Difference Day
Macon a Difference Day: Saturday, April 26, 2014
The 9th annual Macon a Difference Day (MaDD) will take place on
Saturday, April 26, 2014
. This Randolph-Macon College tradition, which celebrates Earth Day, began in 2006. The campus-wide community-service initiative brings together the college’s clubs, organizations and academic and administrative departments to clean up the R-MC and Ashland communities. Students, staff and faculty volunteer their time and energy and at the same time make connections with the Ashland community.
“Originally, MaDD focused on environmental projects, especially planting and clean-up projects on campus and in the Town,” says
Professor Reber Dunkel, who has been instrumental in MaDD’s success throughout the years. “Eventually other, non-environmental requests came in and the MaDD steering committee decided to expand the event and include community-service projects.”
Projects and Activities
In the spirit of town-campus collaboration, one of the yearly features of Macon a Difference Day is a tree-planting. This year Ashland Mayor Faye Prichard, Ed Via, the Ashland representative on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, and R-MC Provost William T. Franz, shovels in hand, will dig alongside students, staff and faculty.
The planting will take place at 8:30 a.m. in front of Fox Hall.
Volunteers can choose from numerous community-service projects, including: Healthy Kids Day at the Ashland YMCA; Mechumps Creek Cleanup; a Hanover Habitat for Humanity build; and landscape maintenance at Hanover County’s Poor Farm Park.
Read the entire list of
and contact Jayme Watkins, coordinator of co-curricular programs, at
to sign up as a volunteer.
Student volunteers will receive a Macon a Difference Day commemorative T-shirt.
has volunteered on MaDD for several years.
“I had only lived in places without four distinct seasons prior to coming to R-MC, so being in the great outdoors on MaDD is an opportunity to bid farewell to winter and to usher in spring,” she says. “I have helped with plantings on campus for the past few years, and my son (now a second- grader) has always joined me on these occasions. From his perspective, what’s not to like? Digging dirt, climbing up mulch mountains, driving wheelbarrows, and hanging with mom and her students…it’s fantastic.”
Electronic Waste Collection
On Macon a Difference Day, R-MC will collect electronic waste to donate to Hanover Industries, which uses the recycled waste to create employment and job-training opportunities for persons with disabilities.
R-MC will collect the following: televisions, computer monitors, computer systems (hard drives, CPUs), computer accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.), printers, scanners, copiers, telephones, cell phones, fax machines, VCRs, camcorders, stereos, and microwave ovens (including those that do not work and are beyond repair), and used batteries, ink cartridges and laser printer cartridges. Any items that Hanover Industries cannot use will be given to a non-profit recycling organization that has a zero percent waste-to-landfill policy.
Items may be dropped off at the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza, located at the center of campus, between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The MaDD Committee
“We are very excited about this year’s Macon a Difference Day,” says Watkins, who also oversees the
, advises the
and the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and co-advises the
College Panhellenic Council
. “The Randolph-Macon community prides itself in helping and partnering with others, including the Ashland-Hanover community. I am especially grateful to the MaDD Steering Committee: Chaplain Darrell Headrick, Laurie Preston (
), Jennifer Schontag, (liaison, Town of Ashland),
Laura Robertson ’04
(youth services specialist, Department of Community Resources, Hanover County), Mayumi Nakamura (
office of international education
Elizabeth Steiner ’14
(student representative and Service Fellow),
Wade Felty ’06
residence life and housing
), Professor Dunkel, and numerous student organizations. Their hard work in helping organize MaDD means that participants will have a productive, fun day.”
Special Talk on Climate Change
April 22, 2014
Professor Chas. Gowan will present “Climate Change: Here’s the Stuff We Know for Sure.” Gowan’s talk, which will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Dollar Tree Community Room in
, is free and open to the public.
When the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, environmental “teach-ins” were a major feature, but climate change was not yet on the ecological radar. Times and topics have changed and headlines about sea-level rise, extreme weather phenomena, glacial retreat, and polar bears on the Endangered Species List have become commonplace.
Although there is a vast scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and will have major ramifications on life on planet Earth, a small but politically influential population remains skeptical and has prevented proactive policies from being implemented in the United States and on the international level. Gowan’s talk will sidestep the political controversy and explain certain facts that people on
all sides of the debate
agree upon. He argues that those agreed-upon facts are enough to help guide sensible public policy on climate change.
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