Feb 12, 2012
By Alyse Lorber
Looking for something different to do this Valentine's Day? All students and community members are invited to an interfaith Valentine's Day dance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Baker University Center Ballroom A to celebrate Ohio University's yearlong commitment to community service and programming.
The event, made possible through Residential Housing, the Office for Diversity, Access and Equity, United Campus Ministry and Better Together, hopes to bring together students and community members of all and no faith traditions for a social event to honor the University's involvement in the White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.
"The Better Together Campaign comes out of the International Interfaith Peace Corps – a model campaign for college campuses to engage in interfaith community service," said Melissa Wales, executive director of United Campus Ministry. "We wanted to do something to bring people together to promote the campaign and the work we've been doing since the beginning of the year."
An entry fee of $1 or one canned good will benefit water security, domestic poverty and food insecurity initiatives both locally and internationally.
"This is a fun, alternative option for undergraduates and underage students to celebrate Valentine's Day while sharing common values and giving back through community service and social justice," Wales said.
This initiative, promoted by President Obama, is an opportunity for universities to advance interfaith cooperation and community service on their campuses.
Prior to the dance party, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will give a brief address, highlighting the interfaith efforts at Ohio University. McDavis will then be available for photos with students at the ball's photo booth. Refreshments will be provided, along with a DJ featuring music from around the world.
"Students can come as funky or fancy as they want," said Wales. "This is an opportunity to raise awareness about the campaign and the initiative OHIO is taking on, while trying to give students the chance to learn more on how they can get involved."
For more information, please contact Melissa Wales at Melissa@ucmathens.org.