Entries by Wil Oakes

Letter from the president

We are happy to present you with the premiere edition of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s magazine, Engage: Service and Social Entrepreneurship. The publication’s mission is to highlight the great works of Sullivan students, alumni, faculty and schools from across the American South, and hopefully to spread good ideas across the region. Since 1934, the […]

Sullivan Flashback: Betty Rosenquest Pratt

If you’re a young girl who takes for granted her right to go the distance in sports along with the boy next door, tip your cap to Betty Rosenquest Pratt, who almost 60 years ago qualified for the second singles spot on her South Orange, N.J. high school boys’ tennis team, and didn’t give up […]

Gone to the dogs

Two students turn their love of dogs into a campus project to train service dogs for people with disabilities. Sequoia is a 6-month-old golden retriever puppy, fluffy and slobbery and exuberant and generally adorable like 6-month-old golden retriever puppies are. If you lean over, he’ll lick your face enthusiastically, his tail wagging the entire backside […]

Mercer On Mission

Prosthetics Program Progressing to Serve Thousands of Vietnamese Amputees Over the last five years, almost 1,000 Vietnamese have received new prosthetic legs through a Mercer On Mission program led by biomedical engineering professor Dr. Ha Van Vo. That number is about to grow exponentially, thanks to new partnerships and funding. Just before Christmas 2013, Dr. […]

Alumnus spotlight: Lucas Hernandez

Life is for service. These simple words are easy to say, but much more difficult to understand. In my own life, I understood service to be a way to give without expecting reward. I operated under this assumption throughout my time as a student at Rollins College. Whether consoling a friend following a challenging life […]

Alumna Spotlight: Elizabeth Rebmann

Elizabeth Rebmann is, in the words of a faculty mentor, “not an ordinary student.” A December 2011 graduate in Geography, Elizabeth embodies a truly global perspective on community service. In 2004, at 17, Elizabeth joined the Kentucky Army National Guard and was stationed in Iraq from June 2007 to May 2008. While there, she urged […]

Alumna spotlight: Emmie Henderson Howard

She’s southern. And proper. And so much more. While her demeanor has been described as “soft and simple as the cotton she helped harvest during her childhood,” Emilie Claire Henderson Howard (WC’01), known simply as “Emmie” to her Alpha Chi Omega sisters, is also a ball of energy and a saavy entrepreneur. It was at […]

Curbside Chronicle

HOD student Whitley O’Connor is creating jobs for the homeless Whitley O’Connor never imagined his educational experience would include learning expressions like “flying a sign,” slang for a person who is chronically homeless who stands on a corner with a handwritten cardboard sign asking for help. It’s considered in homeless communities a step above panhandling. […]

Teach twice

HOD students create a way for stories to bridge cultures Trevor Burbank, BS’12, who majored in human and organizational development, shares Fenelon’s passion for using business ventures to improve the lives of those in need. He is the founder of Teach Twice, another venture born out of Peabody’s social entrepreneurship efforts. Teach Twice is a social […]

The Nashville Mobile Market

Bringing food to Nashville’s ‘food deserts’ Food trucks are all the rage in Nashville, but the Nashville Mobile Market is a food truck of a different sort. It doesn’t serve up gourmet tacos or cupcakes; it’s a portable farmer’s market that makes regular appearances in communities where poverty is high and access to affordable fresh foods is […]