March 12-16 — Activate Campus Thinking (ACT)

Contact: Magdalene Melvin, Service Coordinator, Center for Community Service and Civic Engagement,

As part of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement’s Activate Campus Thinking (ACT) week, organizers will bring back a moving film from the Invisible Children organization for a campus screening. Stay tuned!     Full schedule listed in press release below and downloadable here.


Second Annual Activate Campus Thinking (ACT) Week Explores Various Causes of Importance to Champlain Students

By Kayla Hedman ’14 / Champlain College News


BURLINGTON, VT – The second annual ACT (Activate Campus Thinking) Week, sponsored by Champlain’s Center for Service & Civic Engagement (CSCE), will take place the week following spring break, March 12-16. The week’s purpose is to support various causes that are meaningful and relevant to the Champlain College community and to jumpstart a new campaign called JUST ONE.

Unlike last year where ACT Week was focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, this year the week is divided amongst organizations and led by various individual students or student groups. These organizations include Teach for Tomorrow, the Malayaka House, Invisible Children, Charity: Water, and DREAM.

There will be an infiltration of guerilla marketing, tabling efforts, and film screenings across campus to spread awareness of the organizations. The goal of the week is not to raise funds, but to raise awareness and hopefully increase some support for each organization.

The week is planned to pan out as so:

Monday, March 12: Local Organizations

  • Throughout the day – The CSCE will be tabling with their collaborative organizations to inform returning students of ACT week events and the new campaign, JUST ONE, where students commit to one service activity per semester in order to become part of the campaign and attend various exclusive events and promotions.
  • 4:00 p.m. – Dismas House Community Dinner led by a CSCE work-study student. The Dismas House provides a safe home with a mission of reconciling prisoners with society and society with prisoners. They work locally to serve former prisoners in their difficult transition from prison to the community, assuring harmony in their lives and greater public safety.

Tuesday, March 13: Invisible Children

  • 2:00 p.m. – Invisible Children ‘KONY 2012’ Screening in Alumni Auditorium. Champlain 4 I.C. (led by Sadie Stone ’13 and Angie Cummings ‘13) is elated to welcome the I.C. Roadie team back to Champlain for the brand new film screening and presentation, aimed to popularize the name ‘Joseph Kony,’ whom is responsible for all the chaos and atrocities in Central Africa caused by his rebel army and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
  • 3:15 p.m. – Cause for Career: Speak with members of the PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps, Volunteers for Peace, and the Invisible Children Roadies about their experiences serving for a year+ and how to get involved after graduation.

Wednesday, March 14: Teach for Tomorrow

  • Throughout the Day – Teach for Tomorrow tabling on campus
  • 8:30 p.m. – Malayaka House Film Screening in Hauke 005. Join the 8 students who will be spending 3 weeks in Entebbe, Uganda at the Malayaka House. The House provides a safe, educational and loving home for 35 Ugandan children ranging from infants to 19 years of age.

Thursday, March 15: Charity: Water

  • 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. – Charity: Water tabling by Kirstie Grant ’13. Students will get to see and feel the difference between clean versus unsafe dirty drinking water. There will be some activities and short video screenings in Fireside Lounge in addition to tabling.

Friday, March 16: DREAMboree

  • Throughout the day – DREAM mentors will be tabling and will have a presence on campus, leading games and activities and providing information on how to become a DREAM mentor. DREAM is a youth-based Village mentoring organization with a dedicated branch at Champlain College.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Students are welcome to watch the Champlain Faculty vs. DREAM Mentees Kickball Tournament in the Gymnasium. This is DREAM’s way of thanking faculty and staff for their generous donations to the organization last month.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Pizza Party Social in Fireside Lounge open to all students, staff and faculty

For more information on ACT Week or any of the particular above organizations, contact CSCE Service Coordinator Maggie Melvin at or visit their web site at


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