Emmanuel Once Again Performing Well in ONE Campus Challenge
November 09, 2011
This fall, Emmanuel's ONE Campus Challenge campaign started right where it left off last year, holding strong in 26th place among the nearly 2,600 colleges and universities participating nationwide.
During the spring 2011, the College finished 26th overall in the national intercollegiate competition, which seeks to determine which college or university's student body can execute the most effective global poverty-fighting campaign. ONE is an organization that aids in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease by "raising public awareness to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures." Cofounded by U2 front man Bono, ONE includes two million supporters worldwide.
As Emmanuel's ONE Campus Leader Devin Riddle '14 points out, there is still plenty of time for Emmanuel to make an impact, both in terms of the competition and the greater cause.
"If the entire student body at Emmanuel were to at least sign up to support Emmanuel, we could win and save lives," she said.
This year marks the fifth annual ONE Campus Challenge. The competition is more focused on year-round participation for 2011-2012, awarding top colleges and universities each semester for their hard work. The program is also collaborating with Living Proof, a showcase of stories about people making a difference in some of the world's poorest regions. The competition allows students to use their creativity to help spread both ONE and Living Proof's message on their campuses and beyond. Each campus earns points by completing action-oriented challenges, including inviting faculty, alumni, parents and friends of the school to sign up online and support them in the competition.
Ultimately, representatives from the top three schools each semester will be invited to the Bonnaroo Music Festival to help staff an interactive and educational Living Proof display, and spread awareness about ONE.
Riddle is especially encouraging students interested in marketing, social media and community service to get in touch and get involved with the Emmanuel ONE chapter, which she officially established last spring. She promotes ONE as "virtual community service," emphasizing that the most important contributions people can make is adding their voice. All members of the greater Emmanuel community are invited to register and support the cause.
Emmanuel's ONE chapter will hold a raffle in the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium of the Jean Yawkey Center Monday, November 14th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The raffle will include t-shirts, wristbands, gift cards and a digital camera. A free ticket will be given to all those who take the time to register their e-mail addresses in support of the Emmanuel ONE campaign.