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Pay It Forward week to start Monday

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:43 a.m. CDT
SWCC Director of Student Development Deb Pantini and former SWCC student Brett England of Diagonal help clean up the college’s campus last year during Pay It Forward week.

Southwestern Community College is hosting Pay It Forward week starting Monday. There will be events throughout the week related to “paying it forward,” a term used to describe actions a person takes to help another person or entity instead of the person who helped him or her.

“Pay It Forward week is the week we dedicate at Southwestern Community College to give back,” said Beth Kulow, dean of students, “not only on our campus but in our community, to make people aware of the benefits of giving back.”

Events at the college include free admission to a softball game, park clean ups, Meals from the Heartland packaging and a dance.

“During the week, what we hope to accomplish is not only bringing awareness of the benefits of paying it forward, but to provide opportunities for our students to provide positive things for our community, and our community to the students on our campus,” Kulow said.


“There are a lot of very similar activities. Every year we expand. This year I would say the organizational group that is planning Pay It Forward week is more faculty and student based, as compared to student services and staff based,” Kulow said. “Now the ideas are coming from students, or we have students on the committee who are planning it.”

Pay It Forward week kicks off with free compliments all day on SWCC’s campus Monday. There is also a softball game against William Penn University at 3 p.m.

“The events that we put on the calendar were selected by students, staff and faculty as events that we feel will promote Pay It Forward-type activities, not only during the week, but throughout the entire year,” Kulow said.

Tuesday, student senate is hosting a blood drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Instructional Center. Posters from select science and psychology class projects will also be presented, and there is a talent search 7 p.m.

Meals from the Heartland will be at SWCC Wednesday packaging meals 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium in the Student Center. The packaged meals contain vegetable proteins, vitamins and minerals.

On average, 15,000 people in Iowa, the United States and around the world receive food from the organization daily.

SWCC will also play host to Indian Hills Community College and Des Moines Area Community College in baseball and softball Wednesday.

Thursday will be dedicated to cleanups. Cleanup at Hurley Creek and McKinley Park will begin at 10:30 a.m., and a student dance will start 9 p.m.

Friday is also dedicated to cleanup, with a campus-wide cleanup scheduled for 10 a.m., with ice cream sundaes to follow.


Events during Pay It Forward week at Southwestern Community College are:

Monday Event: Free compliments Time: All day Location: On campus Event: SWCC softball against William Penn Time: 3 p.m. Location: Softball field Note: Free popcorn and admission


Event: Student senate blood drive Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Instructional Center, room 180 Contact: Deb Peterson, 782-1421 Event: Poster day Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Student center Contact: Tim Leonard, 782-1436 Event: Talent search Time: 7 p.m. Location: Student center Contact: Caitlyn Lesan, 782-1453


Event: Meals from the Heartland packaging Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Student center gymnasium Contact: Beth Kulow, 782-1413 Event: SWCC baseball against Indian Hills Time: 2 p.m. Location: Baseball field Event: SWCC softball against DMACC Time: 3 p.m. Location: Softball field


Event: Hurley Creek clean-up Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Meet in Instructional Center, room 301 Note: Dress in boots and weather-appropriate clothing Contact: Mindy Skarda, 782-1480 Event: McKinley Lake clean-up Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Meet at McKinley Park swimming pool Note: Dress in boots and weather-appropriate clothing Contact: Caitlyn Lesan Event: Student dance Time: 9 to 11 p.m. Location: Student center, upstairs Contact: Tracey Evans, 782-1437


Event: Campus clean-up Time: 10 a.m. Location: Meet in Student Center parking lot Contact: Tom King, 782-1317 Note: Dress weather-appropriate and bring work gloves. Ice cream sundaes to follow.

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