This blog is written by the students at University of South Florida Honors College who are enrolled in a class called “Social Media, Social Change: One Pencil can help bring Peace.” The course is based on the “School Supplies for Afghan Children” charity drive started by
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt Rex Temple and his wife Liisa while Rex was deployed in Afghanistan in 2009. This blog is an off shoot from SMSgt Temple’s award-winning military blog Afghanistan – My Last Tour where he detailed his May 2009 to April 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. Before returning home, SMSgt Temple distributed more than 700 boxes of school supplies during humanitarian missions to six different provinces in Afghanistan. This blog continues to tell the story of that school supplies drive as it goes forward as a college level course at USF. As of this writing (Jan. 10, 2011) our school supplies drive has had participation in 17 states and we’ve collected, shipped and distributed more than 15,000 pounds of donated school supplies with the help of US troops in Afghanistan.
Meet the Honors students (bios added as they become available):
Hi! I am currently a junior at the University of South Florida. I am majoring in English with a concentration in technical and professional writing with a minor in political science. I am on the USF rowing team and a member of the USF Honors College. I am a first generation American of English decent and love to travel. For fun I enjoy reading, running and spending time with my friends and family. My current goal is to maintain my GPA while studying for the LSAT in the hopes of entering a prestigious school to continue my education.
I am a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a BS in International Business with a concentration in Marketing. I am enrolled in a charitable cause/specialty course “One Pencil Can Help Bring Peace” where I will share my experiences and thoughts about this class/organization through my blogging. I enjoy soccer, traveling, photography, reading, Salvador Dali, the beach and living life to the fullest.
My name is Kacie Segovia. I am a student at USF with a double major in psychology and criminology. I have the hopes to attend graduate school to attain a PhD in counseling and development. From there I am interested in building my career around helping at risk children in and out of the country. My ultimate goal is to use my life and opportunities as the means in which children may be provided with the ability to attain an education for themselves in areas where going to school is more a dream than a reality.
I am a student at the University of South Florida majoring in Mathematics, with a side interest in educational improvement and pedagogy. I am literate in French, though not necessarily fluent, and in my free time I like indulging in Korean pop music culture.
I have a school supplies donation/drop-off location in Brandon. Kumon of Brandon East Learning Center is located at:
1242 KINGSWAY CROSSING
BRANDON, FL 33510
Important note to mention, the drop-off box is located in the lobby area, but the center itself is only open Monday through Wednesday.
My name is Mohammad A. Ismail and I am a sophomore at the University of South Florida. I am double majoring in biology and biochemistry and hope to one day become a doctor. My main goal is to make sure that I am helping the community as much as possible with all the resources I have to offer regardless of how little they might be. I believe in order for us to be successful, everyone must do their part and no action is too small.
I am currently a Junior in the Honors College studying finance at the University of South Florida. I also hold a seat on the board of directors in the International Business Board in the university. My business interests are in investments and financial analysis and I am currently working to obtain a summer internship in one of these fields. However, my life isn’t all about business. I am a very active tennis player and my interests range from programming to creating music. My ultimate goal is to have a significant impact on the world. A good one, of course. But for now, I’m taking things one step at a time, one managerial accounting test at a time.