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AMERICORPS DIRECTOR TO
HAMMOND -- Rosie K. Mauk, director
of the national service program AmeriCorps, will deliver the keynote address
at Southeastern Louisiana University's winter commencement on Saturday,
Southeastern will confer associate,
bachelor’s and master’s degrees on approximately 1,100 students at the
10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center. The Golden Graduates, Southeastern
alumni who received their diplomas 50 years ago or more, will lead the
Class of 2003 into the University Center.
Mauk, a longtime champion of
volunteer service on the state and national level, was named AmeriCorps
head in November 2001. A total of 50,000 Americans annually participate
in the program, which addresses pressing community needs in areas such
as education, the environment, public safety, and homeland security.
Mauk is leading AmeriCorps at
a time of intense interest in national service. In his 2002 State of the
Union address, President George W. Bush issued a “Call to Service,” asking
Americans to give at least two years of service during their lifetimes.
At Southeastern, President Randy Moffett has challenged the campus community
to initiate ways to engage students in service learning, which blends civic
engagement and academic instruction. Since 2001, Southeastern students
have worked one-on-one with pre-school children through “Jumpstart,” an
AmeriCorps program targeting school readiness.
For the past 25 years, Mauk has
been a strong advocate of community service and an active participant in
many volunteer and charitable organizations. Prior to her AmeriCorps appointment,
she served on the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service
from 1995 to 2001. She also helped found and served as chair of the American
Association of State Service Commissions, and was president of Camp Fire
USA’s national board of directors.
In Fort Worth, Mauk served on
the boards of United Way of Texas and the Preservation Society of Fort
Worth, and was president of the AIDS Outreach Center and a founding board
member of the Volunteer Center of Tarrant County. She spearheaded a fund-raising
drive for the YWCA of Tarrant County that raised more than $5 million to
build a new homeless childcare center. She won numerous awards, including
the governor’s Volunteer Leadership Award, Fort Worth Woman of the Year,
and a 1999 Daily Point of Light award.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Mauk is
a graduate of the University of Toledo.
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