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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” –Mother Teresa

May 9, 2016

Typically when your stomach grumbles, you don’t think twice about how to remedy that situation. Being able to walk to your fridge and/or food filled pantry is a privilege many of us do not realize so many others are without. However, did you know that according to www.feedingamerica.org, current government statistics indicate that roughly 47 million Americans lived in food-insecure households; 15 million of them being children.

In an effort to do their part to combat this, the Golden Key chapter at Syracuse University partnered with the Central New York Ronald McDonald House in preparing meals for 25 of their residents. All additional unused items were also donated. The Ronald McDonald House of Central New York has been a place of refuge for the hungry families of children who are seriously ill for more than 30 years.

When families travel far and wide to receive health care services throughout the Upstate New York area, Ronald McDonald House Charities provides both an atmosphere and sheltered environment where families can feel welcome and comforted.

Stopping hunger one meal at a time is the motivation and knowing that the residents had a hot, fresh meal to eat at the end of their day was the biggest reward to participating GK members.

Written by Dominique Sherrod

Service. Leadership and Academia.

April 25, 2016

Kristen DearbornWith the daily challenges the modern day college student faces, it’s always a refreshing surprise to learn of those students who overcome the odds and display what greatness is about. Kristen Dearborn; currently an English major with a 3.71 GPA, is no stranger to obstacles, nor that of success. As a struggling high school senior, Kristen participated in the Southern Connecticut State University Proof of Ability program the summer before entering college. While this was not an easy feat, Kristen’s determination enabled her to successfully complete the program and paved the way for greater success ahead.

Her undergraduate career is a clear representation of what it means to defy the odds. Not only is Kristin the President of the Golden Key International Honour Society chapter at Southern Connecticut State University, but also the recipient of the Study Abroad Academic Merit Scholarship! In addition, Kristen was recently awarded the Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award; a scholarship awarded to 12 students within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. The Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award honors those who not only serve and exemplify significant excellence in the classroom, but also in their communities. It is an absolute honor to have you a part of the Golden Key family. Way to go Kristen!

Associate Director Spotlight – Dominique Sherrod

April 12, 2016

Dominique FB PhotoDominique Sherrod is an Associate Director US Member Engagement at the Golden Key Headquarters here in Atlanta Georgia. Dominique will be responsible for grassroots membership communication and helping local Golden Key chapters drive awareness and launch events on campus. She oversees the US Western region, which include universities located in states such as California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. We were lucky to catch her in between her busy schedule to learn more about this staff member!

Where are you from/ where did you grow up?

San Diego, CA

Where did you go to college?

University of Cincinnati

What did you study in school/ major in?

Communications/Public Relations

What are some of the things you were involved in, in college?

Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant. Kuamka Scholarship Pageant. Resident Advisor.

What are your hobbies?

Dancing. Working out.

What is your favorite quote?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

What is your favorite sport?

Gymnastics

What is your favorite movie?

Stepmom

What is your favorite TV show?

Family Guy

What is your favorite band/singer, and/or song?

Jesus Be A Fence by Fred Hammond

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

The Obamas

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

I’m Good by Tim Bowman Jr.

What website or blog to you go to everyday?

CNN.com

What is the best and worst gift you ever received?

Life is the best gift I could ever ask for. No worst gifts.

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

Ryan

What excites you the most about working at Golden Key?

Being able to directly and positively impact students, advisors, parents and all other supporters of GK

*Fun Fact –

I wish I could sing but since I can’t, I whistle songs in their entirety

Anything else we should know about you?

I truly believe, “You are what you think.”

 

 

Associate Director Spotlight – Korey T.D. Felder

April 7, 2016
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Korey T.D. Felder is an Associate Director US Member Engagement at the Golden Key Headquarters here in Atlanta Georgia. Korey will be responsible for grassroots membership communication and helping local Golden Key chapters drive awareness and launch events on campus. He oversees the US Eastern region, which include universities located in states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.We were lucky to catch him in between his busy schedule to learn more about this staff member!
Where are you from/where did you grow up?
I’m from Irvington, NJ born and raised.
Where did you go to college?
Clark Atlanta University
What did you study in school/major in?
Psychology
What are some of the things you were involved in college?
I was in the Psychology Club, Homecoming Committee and Tristate Club. Served as Mr. Tri State.
What are your hobbies?
Traveling and Movies
What is your favorite quote?
“Sleep when you figure out how to get paid for it”
What is your favorite sport?
Football
What is your favorite movie, TV show, band/singer, and/or song?
Grease, American Crime, Drake, Go Hard by Kanye West
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Martin Luther King Jr.
What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Move-Ludacris
What website or blog to you go to everyday?
MSN/BallerAlert
What is the best and worst gift you ever received?
Best: All Expense paid ski trip to Brecken Ridge Colorado
Worse: Used Basketball
If you had to change your first, what would you change it to?
I wouldn’t change my name. I love it.
What excites you the most about working at Golden Key?
The traveling to different college and universities. Hands down the best part.
*Fun Fact/Anything else we should know about you?
I’m a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. and The Emerging 100 Black Men of Atlanta.

 


					

UCT GOLDEN KEY COLLECTS EASTER EGGS FOR LOCAL CHILDREN

April 6, 2016

UCT GK Service decided to hold an Easter egg drive to collect eggs for the children of Maitland Cottage Home, Leliebloem Child and Youth Care Centre, Tenterden Place of Safety and James House.

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(Over 700 Easter Eggs were donated)

We advertised the drive using social media, email and posters placed around campus. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of UCT students and staff members, as over 700 Easter eggs were donated!

On Thursday 24 March, UCT GK Committee members visited Maitland Cottage Home. Maitland Cottage Home is a hospital for children who have suffered orthopaedic injuries. The children, mostly bed ridden, were delighted by our visit and the special appearance of the Easter bunny. The committee handed out Easter eggs, chatted to the children and played games with them.

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(Pictured above are UCT GK Committee members, Sarah Forshaw, Shehani Perera, Joanna Taylor, Katherine Tredinnick and UCT GK Service Subcommittee member, Lindsay Cook and the Easter bunny at Maitland Cottage Home.)

 

Next, we visited Leliebloem Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC), a home for children orphaned by HIV/ AIDS and a place of safety for children who have been abused or come from homes where unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse are prevalent. Sadly, the Easter bunny could not join us this time, but the children were extremely excited to receive a handful of Easter eggs.

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(The adorable children of Leliebloem CYCC were incredibly excited to receive a handful of marshmallow eggs.)

 

We also dropped off chocolate eggs at James House, who distributed the eggs to the children in their ISIBINDI and BEST projects. The ISIBINDI project provides a community- based model of care for infants and vulnerable youth, it serves a large number of children and their caregivers in the community of Hout Bay. The BEST (Building Emotional Stable Teens) project aims to give a vision and direction to teenagers who are at risk in the community due to challenging home circumstances.

Our final stop was Tenterden Place of Safety, a safe home for children who have been abused or neglected. We dropped off boxes of marshmallow eggs for them to use in their own Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

We are so grateful to everyone who donated Easter eggs and to all those involved in this initiative. It was so rewarding to see the chocolate covered smiles of all these deserving children!

Written by Katherine Tredinnick.

Associate Director Spotlight – Jen Harlan

March 29, 2016

jen12227743_106241303074799_3735115978398074801_n                                                                                       Jen Harlan is an Associate Director US Member Engagement at the Golden Key Headquarters here in Atlanta Georgia. Jen will be responsible for grassroots membership communication and helping local Golden Key chapters drive awareness and launch events on campus. She oversees the US Northwest and Midwest region, which include universities located in states such as Missouri, Utah and Colorado.We were lucky to catch her in between her busy schedule to learn more about this new staff member!

 

Where are you from/ where did you grow up?

I grew up in North Augusta, South Carolina—just north and across the Savannah River from Augusta, GA, home of the annual Master’s golf tournament.

Where did you go to college?

I attended Wofford College, a small, private liberal arts school in Spartanburg, SC. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of North Georgia.

What did you study in school/ major in?

I graduated from Wofford with a BA in English and Spanish, and am currently working on my MA in International Affairs.

What are some of the things you were involved in, in college?

In college, I spent an incredible semester abroad, living and learning in a small town right outside of Madrid, Spain. I was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, as well as honors societies including Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Delta Pi, and Phi Beta Kappa. I also served as the editor of our college yearbook.

What are your hobbies?

I love to travel, cook new foods and bake anything sweet, as well as read as many books as I can get my hands on.

What is your favorite quote?

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J. R. R. Tolkien

What is your favorite movie, TV show, band/singer, and/or song?

I absolutely love the Harry Potter series, both in book and movie form. I also love binge watching TV shows in Netflix, and most top forties music.

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Any song by Mumford and Sons.

What is the best and worst gift you ever received?

I find gifts, no matter how small, incredibly exciting – so really any gift I’ve ever gotten has been the absolute best. J

What excites you the most about working at Golden Key?

I am excited to work with the unique colleges and universities that are part of Golden Key International Honour Society – I can’t wait to meet the neat students and advisors that are part of my chapters!

*Fun Fact 

I am fluent in Spanish, and make homemade pasta on a regular basis.

Anything else we should know about you? 

I once took a trip to study recurring themes within the Harry Potter series in Great Britain – essentially, I am a big nerd.

Associate Director Spotlight – Tamela Patterson

March 10, 2016
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Tamela Patterson is an Associate Director US Member Engagement at the Golden Key Headquarters here in Atlanta Georgia. Tamela will be responsible for grassroots membership communication and helping local Golden Key chapters drive awareness and launch events on campus. She oversees the US Northeast and Midlands region, which include universities located in states such as New York, Maine, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We were lucky to catch her in between her busy schedule to learn more about this staff member!

 

Where are you from/ where did you grow up?

Born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Raised in Stone Mountain, GA

Where did you go to college?

Howard University

What did you study in school/ major in?

Physical Therapy

What are some of the things you were involved in, in college?

Student Government, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority INC, Georgia Club, Allied Health Honor Society

What are your hobbies?

Music, Dancing, Journaling and Traveling

What is your favorite quote?

Everything Happens for a Reason

What is your favorite sport?

Basketball

What is your favorite movie, TV show, band/singer, and/or song?

Sparkle, VHI Soul, Lauryn Hill

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Whitney Houston

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

I love to Cha Cha- D.R.A.M.

What website or blog to you go to everyday?

Theybf.com

What is the best and worst gift you ever received?

Best-handmade cards

Worst-the orange Halloween candy

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I love my name

What excites you the most about working at Golden Key?

Helping students maximize their full potential

*Fun Fact 

I’m a DJ and love vinyl records!

*Anything else we should know about you? 

I collect elephants and have one from every country I have visited as a flight attendant

 

 

 

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