Community service has always played an important part at Clarion University as a way to show that students not only go to school here but are also part of the community. This year students are looking to make their presence known even more in the community by starting the Communiversity Relations project.
Throughout the fall semester, student intern and community partner teams have been working to develop plans for projects in three different areas: agriculture and natural resources, economic growth and development and arts and culture. Project proposals, which are still in the development stage, will be presented by the students 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at The American Legion in Clarion.
Seniors Halee Kepart, a corporate communications major, and Jasmine Gilliam, a biology major, are developing a plan for a food co-op. Gilliam said the purpose of the food co-op is to “provide an outlet for farmers to sell produce so that the community members can buy and sell local produce.”
Gilliam and Kepart will give a PowerPoint presentation on the proposed Grow Clarion Food Co-op and offer a general overview of their action plan during the Dec. 5 event.
Communiversity Relations is a Clarion University High-Impact Practices Grant pilot program coordinated by Kelly Ryan, assistant director of the Leadership and Involvement Center at Clarion, and Dr. Laurie Miller, assistant professor in the department of Communication.
Ryan is enthusiastic about the progress on the project and said she hopes it continues for years to come.
“It’s a great example of what happens when people belive and work together. It’s been awesome,” Ryan said.