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Related Link: Community & Campus Day of Service

All are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in the fifth annual Community & Campus Day of Service (CCDOS)! On Saturday, April 8, 2017, members of the Food Packaging Project plan to package 150,000 meals — one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered — for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana. 

Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project, which will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Several volunteer shifts will be available during the day. If you would like to help out, please register for a timeslot in advance. Space is limited and this project is very popular!

The following timeslots are available:

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am (no food packaging; bag labeling only)
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
  • 11:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00pm: Memorial Stadium cleanup
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Wesley Food Pantry cleanup (at Wesley Food Pantry)

Visit the CCDOS 2017 Registration page to sign up for a time slot today!


Sammy Lindgren, Coordinator for STEM Teacher Development at MSTE, and a PhD student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was part of the Sun Buckets team that won the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award at Ocean Exchange in Savannah, GA in November. This award honors an outstanding innovation that demonstrates positive impact on the environment, economies, and health while respecting cultures around the world and has applications across multiple industries. Sun Buckets, created by researchers in the Stored Solar Stove Project, funded by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), are portable, stored solar energy cookstoves that allow users to cook without fire, fuel, or emissions.To learn more about the project, visit the Stored Solar Stove Project website or check out Sammy's presentation Solution: Sun Buckets from The Ocean Exchange's 2016 Annual Event.


Related Link: MSTE Friday Lunch Series

MSTE Friday Lunches are back! Join us this Friday for the first talk of the semester! Joseph Gamez will present “St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy: The Importance of STEM Outreach to the Community and to You”.

About the Talk:The St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy is an educational outreach program targeted at underrepresented fourth and fifth grade students. In this presentation Joseph Gamez, Program Director, will give a brief history of Brady STEM Academy and reflect on his experiences doing STEM outreach--particularly its impact on students and their families as well as on himself.

Topic: St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy: The Importance of STEM Outreach to the Community and to You

When: Friday, February 17th, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!


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