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New coordinator named for Community Service

April 9, 1997

Matthew Lester / The Baylor Lariat

Melissa Prihoda, the new coordinator of community service, continues her current job as coordinator of Student Involvement.

By Jennifer Bjorgaard

Lariat Reporter

Melissa Prihoda, currently the coordinator of Student Involvement, will begin May 1 as the University's new coordinator of community service.

Prihoda is currently working with student organizations and promoting involvement. She is advising the Student Involvement Board, Freshman Class Council, Flight, MAPS and Baylor Transfer Council.

'From the community service projects that Freshman Class Council was involved in this year, I saw Melissa's dedication to motivate others while giving 100 percent as well,' said Peter Sandel, a Big Lake freshman and a member of Freshman Class Council.

Prihoda's new job description calls for acting as a liaison between students and people in the community. She will coordinate Steppin' Out; Baylor Buddies, matching Waco children with University students; Baylor C.A.N. (Community Action Network), students that are involved with approximately 30 hours of community service each semester; Spring Breakaway, an annual Spring Break service-oriented trip; and Santa's Workshop, an annual Christmas party cosponsored with Aramark Food Service.

Prihoda's other responsibilities will include working with service chairs from campus organizations and assigning disciplinary service projects.

Prihoda is also currently taking classes at Texas A&M, working toward a master's degree in science in educational human resource development and will continue throughout the year.

'I am excited to continue working with students and to build alliances with people in the community,' Prihoda said.

Student Activities conducted an internal search to fill this position. Prihoda was interviewed by the staff in Student Activities and also by the current co-directors of Steppin' Out.

'I think she has a wonderful heart and she is very motivated,' said Nancy Clinton, a sophomore from Belleville, Ill., and a current co-director of Steppin' Out. 'During the interview I could see that she wanted the position and had researched the various activities of this position. She will take community service at Baylor to another level and put a lot of effort into it and bridge the gap between Baylor and the Waco community.'

Prihoda has already started working with the current co-directors and committee heads of Steppin' Out in order to interview and select co-directors for next year.

'We're in the process of selecting new co-directors and she is very positive and has had a lot of experience in working with Student Activities and the University,' said Melissa Province, co-director of Steppin' Out and a Llano junior.

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