Campus News - December 3, 2001
UNM 'Spring Storm' to build on reinvigorated community spirit
By Laurie Mellas-Ramirez
Since May, UNM students have vigilantly developed plans for a major community
service event set for Saturday, April 6, 2002 in Albuquerque.
Called "The Spring Storm," the event builds on the reinvigorated
spirit of community that resulted from Sept. 11. Volunteer students, staff,
faculty, alumni, prospective students and their families will be assigned projects
from painting and landscaping to elderly visitation and youth education.
Organized by the Community Experience, a student organization created by School
of Law student Dathan Weems of Farmington, NM, the "Spring Storm"
is expected to have "thousands of people from UNM doing hundreds of projects
throughout the community," Weems says.
"There is sweeping interest among the University population to participate
in community service," he says. "However, many people are unsure how
to get involved or concerned about making a recurring commitment that they cannot
keep. A large-scale, one-day event provides an opportunity to make an immediate
The Spring Storm will begin with a "Rise and Shine Breakfast" and
end with a "Celebration Barbeque" at the South Campus Athletic Facilities.
Both events will have free food and entertainment and information booths for
local non-profit agencies and Spring Storm sponsors.
The Spring Storm depends on contributions from the community for its success.
All contributions are tax-deductible through the UNM Foundation.
Visit the Spring Storm website to suggest a project, sign up as a volunteer
or make a contribution, http://springstorm.unm.edu.
For more information, call Dathan Weems, 265-8140.
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