Senior Capstone Collection A Huge Success

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Tara Adamczyk, Advertising Manager
 
This semester, three senior WLU journalism students (Tara Adamczyk, Nathan Johnson, and Katie Ralbusky) focused their senior project on domestic violence. As part of the project, they did a service project where they collected personal care items for victims of domestic violence.

 
The collection came to an end on March 31,2015 and over $1,500 worth of items where collected. There were more than enough items to fill 30 boxes each consisting of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
“I am very proud with the outcome because we finished with more than we planned on which is great, at the end of the day it is all for the people in need and I am thankful to give back to the community,” said Johnson.
 
The boxes were delivered to three shelters in the Ohio Valley. YWCA in Wheeling, WV, Alive Inc. in Steubenville, OH, and Change in Weirton, WV. The students decided to collect personal items because they wanted to give victims going into the shelter something to call their own. When you are left with nothing it is nice having a box of stuff that reminds you there are people who care and they are there to help. “Not only were we able to do some good for members of our community, but we also gained an important understanding about things that go on we might
otherwise not consider. It makes us better journalist,” said Tammie Beagle, advisor of the capstone course.
 
Anyone who has taken a course with Professor Beagle has heard her say,“you are meeting people on the worst day of their lives, you have to be respectful!”at least a hundred times. The reason for this service project was for the students to gain a sense of how it feels to get involved in the community and do something good. By doing this service project students also saw that people are in need of things, whether they appear that way or not. In a way it taught them exactly what Beagle means by her saying about journalist. The service project showed these three students you never know how much good you are doing until you see the look on someone’s face. Who these boxes are going to maybe unknown but having an idea of the hope you bring to them sticks with you for a lifetime.
 
“We are extremely grateful for the well-equipped and thoughtful care packages collected by the WLU journalism students. These items will benefit our clients in our service region which includes the counties of Ohio, Marshall, and
Wetzel,” said Kate Monroe, YWCA Wheeling Transitional housing. A special thank you to everyone who helped the students to reach their goal to WLU dental hygiene department who donated toothbrushes and toothpaste, Greater Zion Temple Church in Steubenville, OH, First United Methodist Church in Toronto, OH and Our Lady of Peace Church in Wheeling, WV for collecting boxes full of items, Professor Tammie Beagle who supervised and donated many items.
 
Rosalie Haizlett for creating the official donation poster. Also, thank you to Jessica Broverman and Hannah Mason who gave up a Wednesday afternoon and helped sort the items and make the care packages.
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