Melissa Prihoda Named Community Service Coordinator

June 6, 1997

Melissa Prihoda has been named community service coordinator in the Department of Student Activities at Baylor University.

A 1996 Baylor graduate, Prihoda will be responsible for finding and maintaining meaningful service opportunities for students. "I'll work with non-profit organizations to find out their needs and how Baylor resources can help," she said. "Then I'll let the students know what service projects are available."

Baylor students previously have volunteered at community agencies such as The Boys and Girls Club, Mission Waco, the Waco Humane Society, the Waco Center for Youth and the Methodist Home. Many students also work with local school children as part of the Adopt-A-School program.

Prihoda additionally will coordinate "Steppin' Out," a biannual community service day that attracts more than 2,000 students and has been used as a model for other universities' service projects. She also will work on Spring Breakaway, an alternative spring break in which students participate in a week-long service project.

"I have been overwhelmed by the response of students. They are so service-oriented," Prihoda said. "Baylor students worked almost 60,000 community service hours last year alone."

For more information, contact Prihoda at 755-2371.

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