Hosted Events

Hosted Events

Blood Drives
Together, the Red Cross Club and the Office of Civic Engagement host several blood drives with the American Red Cross each academic year. If your student club would like to co-sponsor a blood drive, please contact Alicia Bellezza-Watts, 404-413-1551. Co-sponsoring organization responsibilities include advertising the event and providing volunteers to staff the event on the day of the blood drive.

Spring 2015 blood drives are scheduled for January 22, February 10 – 11, April 14 and June 23. The blood drives will be held in the West Exhibit Area of the Urban Life Building.

For an appointment, please visit and enter sponsor code georgiasu. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Coffee Talks
The Office of Civic Engagement hosts Coffee Talks most Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. in University Center 430. Free coffee and light refreshments are provided. Each morning we discuss different social justice issues. Leaders from various non-profits are also invited. The dates and topics for the Spring 2015 semester are listed below:

January 20Got Privilege? Racial Profiling
January 27Dying to Survive: A Conversation on Drugs
February 3My Ability and My Disability
February 10Ethnic Cleansing
February 17Illegal Immigration vs. Amnesty
February 24Social Responsibility in Corporate America
March 3Is Eating Meat Murder: Animal Rights
March 10One Nation Underfed
March 24Bully Free Zone
March 31Censorship of History: The Untold Stories
April 7Pornography and the Sex Trade
April 14When did He Stop Treating You like a Princess?

Community Plunge
The Panther Community Plunge is our first large-scale day of service that introduces first-year and returning students at Georgia State University to the numerous social issues faced by Atlanta communities. During Panther Welcome Week, student volunteers and staff leaders participate in service projects dealing with a variety of issues from the environment to homelessness.

We had a great day of service in 2014. We look forward to having you join us for the next Panther Community Plunge on August 29, 2015! Contact Jennifer Bodnar, 404-413-1552, for details on how to get involved.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual event held in November. Each year, a number of schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.

To learn more about the events offered during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, contact Jennifer Bodnar, 404-413-1552.

MLK Day of Service
The MLK Day of Service is an annual event that is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year hundreds of thousands of people engage in MLK projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King’s life and teachings.

This year, we enjoyed volunteering at a tutoring project at Big Bethel AME Church and also at the MLK Center. We look forward to your involvement next year!

Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair
The Office of Civic Engagement and University Career Services have joined forces to sponsor the Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair. Each semester, Atlanta area nonprofit organizations attend this fair to meet with Georgia State University students, faculty and staff. These agencies offer a wide variety of volunteer and internship opportunities, as well as a wealth of information on the work they do for Atlanta communities. Students, faculty and staff have the chance to interact with and explore these organizations and to find opportunities that meet their specific needs.

The Spring 2015 fair will take place April 8 – 9. Contact Alicia Bellezza-Watts, 404-413-1551, with any questions.

Trick or Treat Fest
Trick or Treat Fest is a fun program that provides children with a safe zone for trick or treating during the Halloween season, as well as other fun activities including story telling, face painting, a Halloween themed movie and a haunted house.  This event is hosted in collaboration with various Greek organizations on campus.

To find out more information about the Trick or Treat Fest, please contact Jennifer Bodnar, 404-413-1552.