Conferences, Fundraisers & Giveaways…Oh my!

There’s a lot to cover in this latest installment of the Human Services Club blog, so let’s get to it!

During the past Meeting March 24, the focus was on Spring Fling, Fundraising, club giveaways and the Upcoming REMBA Conference.

Several members volunteered to take on duties pertaining to all of those events, and we appreciate their efforts.

Treasurer John Smith presented a fundraiser idea, and will take the helm for its organization. Vice President Gregg Mosley and club members Jenny Stovall and Brittany Bynum have volunteered to help with Spring Fling.

There’s a lot going on as we move toward the end of the semester, so it’s important to communicate with one another to maximize the success of our efforts.

Meeting Convened – 5:05 pm

Members Present

Officers
Titan Barksdale –  Chairman
Gregg Mosley – Vice Chairman
John Smith – Treasurer
Terri Hamrick – Advisor

Members
Jenny Stovall
Brittany Bynum
Jafar Rashed (Former/Prospective Member)
Doris Godley
Hashim Hooks

Department News
Club Advisor Terri Hamrick continued to stress registering in a timely manner. Early registration is April 4.

Human Services in the News
Club Secretary LaToya Matthews-Tripp provided a story about folks in Georgia fighting proposed legislation that appears to allow for profiling. It contains similar language to the bill in Arizona, which caused much controversy, though bill sponsors claim the aim is to curtail illegal immigration. See the story here.

Fundraiser
Treasurer John Smith presented a fundraiser idea, which passed unanimously, that would entail club members selling $5 tickets to a special sale at Belk. Ticket purchasers get to receive deep discounts on Belk items, and the Human Services Club gets to keep all of the proceeds.

John and Club Member Jenny Stovall agreed to contact Wake Tech administrators to determine any conditions the club must meet before the fundraiser begins.

Conference Update

Six members (Chairman Titan Barksdale, Vice Chairman Gregg Mosley, Treasurer John Smith and club members Doris Godley, Brittany Bynum and Hashim Hooks) are scheduled to attend the NC A&T’s REMBA Conference.

Club Advisor Terri Hamrick said the deadline for all completed applications for those attending is Tuesday, March 29. In order to attend the conference at no cost, you must be a full, dues-paid member. The conference is April 14-15, and organizers want the applications to be received by April 1. Don’t delay! See information about the conference here.

Download the conference application via this link >>>> 5th Annual Conference Registration Form.

Pen Update
Club Member Jenny Stovall presented an idea that was pitched last year about buying pens bearing the name of the Human Services Club and Wake Tech. With research, she identified the same pen provider used by Wake Tech. The club would be able to buy hundreds of pen for a reasonable price. The idea was unanimously approved.

Club members agreed on the colors on the pen: blue and white. Club Advisor Terri Hamrick reminded members that a special form has to be completed and sent to administration. Form 58 can be downloaded by clicking this link >>> form58expauth and found here.  Jenny said she would begin to handle the procedural requirements to get the pens.

Spring Fling Logistics

Vice Chairman Gregg Mosley and  club members Jenny Stovall, and Brittany Bynum discussed their plans to meet and lead the club’s efforts to increase visibility at the Spring Fling on Main and North campuses.  Both events are from 11am-2pm. Main Campus is March 30 and North Campus is March 31.  All members and prospective members are invited to come out and provide support! Be on the lookout for emails detailing the plans.

SGA Representative Report
Our Student Government Association Representative Brittany Bynum presented a report about her attendance at a recent SGA meeting. She told club members to be mindful that additional funds could be requested from the SGA. She said she planned to attend her next scheduled meeting, which was March 25, and to provide another report.

Other Business/HSE Board

Club Member Jenny Stovall invited additional ideas for the club’s Bulletin Board in the lounge of the Health Sciences Building. Treasurer John Smith suggested that he add some photos that he took from past conferences. Additionally, Chairman Titan Barksdale requested that Jenny add the club’s mission statement to the board.

Meeting Adjourned: 5:55 p.m.

Next Meeting
Meeting Time: 5pm
Location: HSE Building, Room 418
Date: Thursday, April 21

It’s Conference Time!

Attending conferences has been a longstanding tradition of the Human Services Club. Well, thanks to Club Treasurer John Smith, we have a early view of what to expect at A&T’s annual REMBA Conference for aspiring helping professionals and workers in the field.

The Keynote Speakers are scheduled to be Actor Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes fame (“Wut’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”) and Barbara Akins (RN, BSN, FCN, CSAC‐R).

Please see the flyer attached. Below is a look at the schedule.

Pre‐Conference
Thursday
April 14, 2011 (12:00 noon‐8:00 PM)
Ethics Update: Dr. Michelle Maultsby, Rh.D, CRC
Counselor Supervision & LPC Requirements:
Ms. Christine Greene, LPC
Networking/Career Exhibition: Alcoholics Anonymous,
NC Problem Gambling Program, Easter Seals,
Goodwill, GTCC, and many more.

Conference
Friday
April 15, 2011 (9:00 AM‐5:30 PM)
Opening Speaker: Barbara Akins is the Director of Nursing for Detox Residential Treatment Facility, a consultant for behavioral health and substance abuse service providers and the co‐owner of Akins and Associates DWI Services.
Keynote Speaker: Todd Bridges is best known for roles as Willis Jackson on the hit sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” and as Monk on “Everybody Hates Chris.”
16 Breakout sessions
Poster Sessions

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Let’s go! We’ll discuss this at our next meeting March 24.

Official REMBA Conference Flyer 2011<<<<<(click to view)

Club Members step up to serve!

Sorry for the delay people! We’re in the thick of semester, and the schoolwork is pouring in. Despite all of our obligations (school, work, family), you all still make an effort to contribute. That was illustrated during our last meeting Feb. 17. We talked during the meeting about Spring Fling coming up, and how we would like to have some club visibility at that event. So four of our members volunteered to work the club’s table at Spring Fling.

A big thank you goes to Vice Chair Gregg Mosley,  Secretary LaToya Matthews-Tripp, Club Member Jenny Stovall and Club Member Brittany Bynum, who is now a full, dues-paid member! We’ll see you at Spring Fling.

Additionally, Congrats to Brittany Bynum, who is also the club’s new Student Government Representative. And a congrats to LaToya Matthews-Tripp for taking on the role of newswoman.

We appreciate their willingness to step up and serve!

Also, be on the lookout for the club’s board, which club members Maury Smith and Jenny Stovall have been diligently working on! It’s in the lounge area on the Health Sciences campus. A big thank you to both!

And a special acknowledgment goes to our Department Head Tony Porrett who is a member of the club, paying his dues earlier this year.

See y’all at the next meeting March 24 @ 5 p.m.

Meeting Convened

Members Present

Officers
Titan Barksdale –  Chairman
Gregg Mosley – Vice Chairman
LaToya Matthews –Tripp – Secretary
Terri Hamrick – Advisor

Members
Jenny Stovall
Brittany Bynum
Hashim Hooks

+ Two prospective members

Department News
Club Advisor Terri Hamrick summarized a report in the National Association of Social Workers newsletter about a recent effort within the social work community to focus on students in two year colleges. She also emphasized registering in a timely manner. According to Wake Tech’s Academic Calendar, early registration is April 4.

Human Services in the News
Check out this story about the U.S. Government fighting homelessness among veterans.

Fundraiser
Club Member Doris Godley research a printer cartridge fundraiser. She was unable to attend the meeting, but provided the information via email. Club members are still unsure about whether it would be the best option, and decided to table a vote on the matter.

New Business
Club Member Jenny Stovall provided an update about the club’s board. The board has photos of HSE staff and club members, and it also contains information about the curriculum.

Also, volunteers were secured for the Spring Fling Event. Club members agreed to set up a table at the North and Main campuses. Please click the link to see details about Spring Fling.

Lastly, we named a new newswoman: LaToya Matthews-Tripp. Club Member Sarah May is no longer able to serve in the position. We thank her for her service, and we’ll miss her contributions

Other Business
Club Member Jenny Stovall passed along information and materials concerning her volunteer experience at  a National Alliance on Mental Illness conference that featured materials packaged by Wake Tech Students, including Jenny.  She told about the inspiring stories she heard from presenters at the conference and encouraged us to remain mindful of the issues NAMI tackles.

Meeting Adjourned

Next Meeting
Meeting Time: 5pm
Location: HSE Building, Room 418
Date: Thursday, March 24

Looking Ahead, Gaining Interest

Here’s a quick hit post midway between meetings. If you missed it, last month’s meeting of the Human Services Club was held Jan. 20, and our next meeting is  little less than two weeks away on Feb. 17.

Hashim Hooks
joined the club with paid membership. Additionally, we welcomed prospective member Brittany Bynum, who plans to obtain full membership shortly.

But wait! We’re not finished, yet!  Jehan Balliet recently joined the club, attaining full membership status with dues paid. We welcome the new members and look forward to their contributions. Thank for your interest and desire to serve!

It’s always a pleasure, and a benefit to us all when Human Services students show interest and show up.

So, our last meeting was a bit of a review of where we left off during the final meeting of 2010: reemphasizing goals and a looking ahead.

See y’all at the next meeting Feb. 17 @ 5 p.m.

Meeting Convened

Members Present:

Officers
Titan Barksdale – Chairman
John Smith – Treasurer
LaToya Matthews-Tripp – Secretary
Terri Hamrick – Advisor

Members
Jenny Stovall
Doris Godley
Hashim Hooks
Brittany Bynum
– (Prospective) Club Member

Department News
Club Advisor Terri Hamrick reminded the club about the tightening of the state budget and its potential adverse effects on Wake Tech. She also mentioned that there will be no Human Services classes offered in the summer.

Human Services in the News
Club Members got into a lively discussion about the recent Arizona shootings, and the need for helping professionals in such situations. The discussion shifted to the clinical treatment and stigmatization of the mentally ill, which the alleged gunman is believed to be, according to many news reports. There were also legitimate points made about the lack of funding for the mentally ill, the duty to warn doctrine and counseling victims. The Jan. 8 Tucson shooting spree killed six people and wounded another 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, MSNBC reports.

Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer John Smith provided an update about the club coffers, which are more than able to withstand expenditures for conference scholarships and other endeavors.

Fundraiser
Treasurer John Smith and Club Advisor Terri Hamrick agreed to meet with a Student Activities Coordinator to discuss options for the much talked about and highly anticipated Fish Fry Fundraiser. Additionally, Club Member Doris Godley agreed to research the viability of a printer cartridge fundraiser, and what it would entail to get it going.

Other Business
Club visibility was reemphasized. Word of mouth is a powerful way to alert Human Services students that we’re here and active. Also, Secretary LaToya Matthews-Tripp volunteered to inquire about getting club news posted on one of the school’s electronic message signs.

Remember that if anyone wants to get a group together to volunteer at any time, outside of our scheduled service projects, then feel free to speak up and/or contact members.

See y’all next time!

Meeting Adjourned

Next Meeting
Meeting Time: 5pm
Location: HSE Building, Room 418
Date: Thursday, Feb. 17

Service with a Smile…

Seven club members and a guest helped serve dinner Dec. 3 to nearly 200 men at Raleigh’s South Wilmington Street Shelter as part of the club’s service activity.  There was 100 percent participation as everyone who expressed an interest to serve,  showed up at the shelter!

Big thanks to Vice Chair Gregg Mosley, Secretary LaToya Matthews-Tripp as well as club members Jenny Stovall, Sarah May, Maury Smith and Doris Godley. Clad in a plastic aprons and hair nets, members carried out their dinnertime duties.

Nearly all of the group’s ladies were assigned to prep work, feverishly chopping leafy green vegetables. They worked liked machines behind the serving line to prepare part of the meal for Dec. 4.

The remaining club members worked the serving line, greeting the men at the shelter with a warm smile, kind words and a hot meal.

Many of the men at the shelter expressed their gratitude. But we’re just as grateful – for the opportunity and the inner feeling of joy that comes from service.

Thanks to the folks at South Wilmington Street Shelter for being so receptive to our group. I’m sure we’ll be back!

It’s a Wrap…for the moment! A retrospective of the year…

The last meeting of the Human Services Club was held Dec. 2, but it’s only a holiday hiatus and club members will return next semester rejuvenated and ready to continue with service.

We’re wishing everyone safe and happy holidays!

We looked forward to the future as club members agreed on three goals for 2011: enhancing visibility, securing a speaker(s), gaining more meeting participation. After one of the most well attended meetings in recent memory early in the year, the meeting participation gradually dipped. We have to find ways to better involve more members.

We also attended a wonderful conference this year and laid the groundwork for as many as two fundraisers next semester.

Many thanks to all members – active and inactive. We encourage everyone to continue to push themselves in the coming semester to go beyond their usual level of participation. We all benefit in the end!

See y’all at the next meeting Jan. 20. @ 5 p.m.

Meeting Convened –  5:16 pm

Members Present:

Officers

Titan Barksdale – Chairman

Gregg Moseley – Vice Chairman

John Smith – Treasurer

LaToya Matthews-Tripp – Secretary

Terri Hamrick – Advisor

Members

Sarah May

Jenny Stovall

Maury Smith

Doris Godley

David Garcia – (Prospective) Club Member

Department News

Club Advisor Terri Hamrick informed the club that there is some discussion about allowing Biology 110 to substitute for Biology 161, a requirement in our curriculum.

Human Services in the News

Club Member Sarah May summarized news reports about “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” hitting snags in the legislature.  See more about a recent failure to repeal the policy.

Fundraiser

The club came to consensus that we will start with the cell phone fundraiser early next semester, and the fish fry in April.

New Business

Club Members Jenny Stovall and Maury Smith volunteered to form the visibility committee – a group charged with enhancing the club’s presence on the campus. Jenny and Maury suggested updating the HSE information board and making flyers to advertise meetings. We look forward to their efforts!

Meeting Adjourned – 5:40

Next Meeting

Meeting Time: 5pm

Location: HSE Building, Room 418

Date: Thursday, Jan. 20

Service Event: Dec. 3, S. Wilmington St. Shelter

Greetings folks! The semester is winding down, and I bet we’re all juggling plenty of academic and real world responsibilities. Thank you for your continued interest and participating during this busy, holiday season.

Mark your calendars for December 3rd. The Human Services Club will participate in a service event at the South Wilmington Street Shelter in Raleigh. Thanks to club members Jenny Stovall, Sarah May, Gregg Mosley and Doris Godley for volunteering to represent the club. So far we have five volunteers, but we could always use more. Feel free to respond to this blog and/or email Club Chair Titan Barksdale (tdbarksdale@my.waketech.edu) with your intent to serve.


(see Service Project heading below for additional details)


The outstanding support among members to participate in the service event was the highlight of the Nov. 18th meeting. Here is the play-by-play of the meeting in case you weren’t there. Hope to see you at the next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 2 @ 5pm.


Meeting Convened – 5:10 pm

Members Present:

Officers

Chairman – Titan Barksdale

Vice Chairman – Gregg Mosley

Advisor – Terri Hamrick

Members

Club Member – Sarah May

Club Member – Doris Godley

(Prospective) Club Member – David Garcia


Department News

Club Advisor Terri Hamrick informed the club about budget cuts being considered for community colleges. She encouraged everyone to register early for upcoming semesters because the effect of the impending cuts could lead to a reduction in course offerings.


Human Services in the News

Club Member Sarah May summarized a New York Times article about health care providers increased sensitivity to patient issues. It appears as if primary care physicians – at least in certain areas – are taking a cue from Human Services practitioners and are taking more of a holistic approach to patient care, instead of focusing entirely on patients’ medical issues.


Fundraiser

Slowly but surely we are getting more clarity about what fundraiser to pursue. Club Advisor Terri Hamrick updated the club with information she gathered about the cell phone recycling drive. She said that the club could get up to $30 per phone, depending on the model and condition of the phone. Before considering carrying out the drive campus-wide, trying it on a small scale could help gauge participation and whether the payout would be as advertised. Limiting the drive to HSE students on the health sciences campus would suffice for the test run. Expect to see information on the HSE Review Page about the department’s test run for the drive.


Additionally, Terri said she would attempt to set up a meeting with an Assistant Student Activities Coordinator to iron of the details of the postponed fish fry fundraiser.


Service Project

Club Members unanimously agreed to volunteer Dec. 3rd at the South Wilmington Street Shelter (1420 S. Wilmington St.) for the club’s service project. So far, the club has five members who said they intend to show up and volunteer. The volunteer duties will primarily consist of food prep and serving. It would be best if everyone showed up with their Wake Tech I.D.’s by 5:30 p.m. View the Web site on this link. (scroll to South Wilmington St. Shelter)


Meeting Adjourned – 5:40


Next Meeting

Meeting Time: 5pm

Location: HSE Building, Room 418

Date: Thursday, Dec. 2

New Secretary, New Members…Same Mission

Another meeting has come and gone, and good work continues to be carried out by club members. Seven members and the club’s faculty advisor attended the past meeting Oct. 21.

Here are some quick highlights….We elected a new secretary. Congratulations to LaToya Mattews-Tripp who volunteered to take on the office. Thanks a lot! We want to extend a sincere thanks to past secretary Cheryl Bomar for her service.

We also honed in on a fundraiser – donuts or cell phone recycling. Next meeting we should decide. We’ll see y’all next time. And if you didn’t attend the last meeting, try to get to next one (Nov. 18, 5 p.m)… Got it? Good.  

Meeting Convened –  5:13 pm

Members Present:

 Officers

Titan Barksdale – Chairman

Gregg Mosley – Vice Chairman

John M. Smith – Treasurer

Terri Hamrick – Advisor

Members

LaToya Mattews-Tripp – Secretary Elect

Sarah May

Jenny Stovall

Wendi Wright

News

Advisor Terri Hamrick urged everyone to register for classes. “Do not hesitate,” Terri said. She also provided an overview about the HSE classes that would be offered and fielded questions about course descriptions. *Note: Registration for the traditional Spring Semester period has begun and continues until the Jan. 4*

Human Services in the News

Club Member Sarah May updated the club about the latest news that could affect people we’re likely to encounter professionally and personally. May presented information from USAToday about the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”  practice coming to a halt. She also added a news description about a recent national effort by people to support gay teens by wearing the color purple.

Fundraising

Club Member Tamara Ihenyen gathered information from Krispy Kreme about a donut sale. Treasurer John M. Smith determined we could make as much as $300 for the club if we bought 50 boxes. Advisor Terri Hamrick presented an idea in which the club could raise money by collecting old cell phones and printer cartridges. Club Member Wendi Wright stressed the importance of promoting the fundraiser, especially if the club decided on the cell phone option. Terri said she would return to the next meeting with more information. Members decided to table the vote on a fundraiser until the upcoming meeting.

Club T-Shirts/Pens

Club member Jenny Stovall presented information about prices for club T-shirts and pens. Members reached a consensus that purchasing pens would be more economical, though T-shirts would be nice for members. Jenny volunteered to continue to search for the best screen printing and T-shirt prices.

Meeting Adjourned – 5:55 p.m.

…And welcome to our newest members Diane Letsu and Maury Smith!

Next Meeting

Meeting Time: 5pm

Location: HSE Building, Room 418

Date: Thursday, Nov. 18

Adding to the rolls…

Whoa! A whopping 12 students and faculty participated in the second meeting this year of the human services club, and before it was all said and done everyone paid their yearly membership dues.

If we keep things going at this rate, we won’t have enough space to hold all of the meeting participants! It’s a 50% increase in participation over the previous meeting.  Appreciate the interest, y’all, and I hope the level of participation continues to increase.

For all of those who missed the Sept. 23 meeting (shame on you, lol!) here’s a quick recap:

Meeting Convened –  5:10 pm

Members Present:

Officers

Titan Barksdale – Chairman

Gregg Mosley – Vice Chairman

John M. Smith – Treasurer

Terri Hamrick – Advisor

Members

LaToya Mattews-Tripp

Doris Godley

Gary Conoly

Jenny Stovall

Tamara Ihenyen

Mary Jane Lusk

Wendi Wright

Sarah May

 

News

Advisor Terri Hamrick briefed the club about department news, saying department head Tony Porrett continues to lobby officials at four-year schools to accept HSE curriculum courses for transfer credit.

Human Services in the News

Club Member Sarah May updated the club about the latest news and efforts in the field and about the clients we’re likely to encounter. She presented an informative New York Times article about a Web based service aimed to provide healing for gay youth. The article is timely in light of the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi.

Here’s a link to the article Sarah presented.  Please read it.

Questionnaire

Club Member Jane Lusk presented a draft of a questionnaire she created to determine what YOU want from US. A few suggestions were offered, and Jane is currently working on an addition or two. The questionnaire should be in students’ hands shortly and posted on Blackboard.

Fall Conference Update

Advisor Terri Hamrick provided a conference update.  Terri told members that paperwork needed to be submitted for an upcoming conference at South Piedmont Community College Nov. 12.

Several members gave notice of their intent to attend the conference, which is organized by the state’s organization for Human Services. The deadline for paperwork completion and mailing is Oct. 8. So if you haven’t talked to Terri and the deadline hasn’t passed, then contact her.

New Business/Budget Approval

Members unanimously approved a budget of nearly $1,000. Members submitted ideas about how the money should be used aside from standard expenditures such as conference scholarships and incidentals.

Club members Jane Lusk and Jenny Stovall suggested that the club create its own t-shirts, pens and/or key chains with a Human Services logo emblazoned on them. Sarah May would like some of the money to go for an outgoing breakfast reserved for graduating members.

Fundraising

Club Member Tamara Ihenyen volunteered to check out and return with details about a donut sale.

Meeting Adjourned – 6:13 p.m.

And congrats to our new SGA Representative, Jane Lusk!

Thanks to Tamara and Jane and all club members for volunteering for their respective duties and participating!

Look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!  Please read the information below:

Meeting Time: 5pm

Location: HSE Building, Room 418

Date: Thursday, Oct. 21

Many Thanks!

Titan Barksdale & Diane Letsu pose by the club's trifold

So the Facts & Snacks event for Health Sciences was held last week in the student lounge and the Human Services Club was in the building! Not only were club members and prospective club members present, but they were helping people out, too!

Facts & Snacks is an annual event held by Student Government during fall and spring semesters to provide students with information about various clubs and majors on each campus. That information is displayed by their respective club members and degree candidates, who vie for a $75 prize for the best display among the participants.

Thanks to Eric Sepulveda, Diane Letsu and Jenny Stovall (who provided the lovely photo above) for participating in the event on behalf of the club, setting up and breaking down our table and staying the entire time (10 a.m. -1 p.m.)!  The aforementioned club representatives were courteous, professional and thorough while talking with high school and Wake Tech students about our club.

Thanks to Faculty Advisor Terri Hamrick and Dept. Head Tony Porrett for handling the administrative stuff!

Don’t know if we won the $75, but we presented a good view of Human Services and the club.  One of the students who stopped by sought to help a family member get off drugs and needed to be referred to an immediate resource for drug addiction treatment. What other organization could have provided her with that information but us?!

Hope to see y’all at the meeting this Thursday, Sept. 23 @ 5pm. Check your Human Services Review page and previous blog entries for more information.