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21 Days of Change

Blake MycoskieThe University’s “21 Days of Change” kicks off April 1 as a collaborative series of events that focus on social change. Groups from both the campus and the community are participating to help raise awareness, encourage involvement and promote change. Events begin April 1 and continue through April 21 when Mycoskie visits campus to share his story about his One for One movement.

Mycoskie’s One for One movement is an excellent example of social change and provides the perfect way to close out “21 Days of Change.” After learning that most children in developing countries grow up barefoot, the creative entrepreneur founded TOMS Shoes with the simple promise to give a pair of new shoes to children in need with every pair sold. The TOMS One for One movement uses the power of consumers to make positive social change and has become a blueprint for social enterprise now taught at universities around the world. Mycoskie and his work have been featured in People magazine and Time, and he is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence. He now focuses his shoe giving and awareness efforts to fighting podoconiosis, a soil-transmitted disease that affects millions but is preventable with basic hygiene and by wearing shoes. Read More.

Events

April 1-21
Style Your Sole Celebrity Auction

April 1
Social Justice Leadership Conference - Local Connections and Global Perspectives

April 2
Campus Clean-Up

April 4-9
Buff Soles

April 5
A Day Without Shoes

April 11-14

National Volunteer Week

April 13
Shack-a-Thon; Give a Goat

April 14
Stay Afloat

April 16
Battle of the Bands
Style Your Sole
The Lloyd Dobler Effect Concert
S.T.O.P (Students Taking on Prevention) Film Festival


April 21
Hawk Nelson Concert
Reception and Dinner with Blake Mycoskie - Invitation Only
Distinguished Lecture Series Featured Spring Guest Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver


 

Style your Sole Celebrity Auction

April 1-21
PPHM Style Your Sole Celebrity Auction
For additional information contact Buster Ratliff: bratliff@pphm.wtamu.edu

Bidding begins on April 1 and closes April 21.
Sponsored by Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
Proceeds will benefit three local non-profits:
Meals on Wheels, Canyon; Downtown Women’s Center and PPHM

Local Artists and celebrities will style a designated pair of TOMS shoes to be auctioned online at Ebay.com. Bidding will start at $50 and increase in increments of $5. Shoes will be displayed in the JBK and PPHM.
Celebrity artists creating amazing and unusual shoes for the auction include:


Auction 1—April 1-7
Main auction page:
http://bit.ly/pphm4charity2011
“Doppler” Dave Oliver—KFDA chief meteorologist
http://bit.ly/DopplerDave
Krista Gerlich—WTAMU head women’s basketball coach

http://bit.ly/KristaGerlich
Rick Cooper—WTAMU head men’s basketball coach

http://bit.ly/RickCooper
Robby Brown—artist
http://bit.ly/RobbyBrown
Panhandle-Plains Invitational Paint-Off Men's Shoes
http://bit.ly/PPIMens
Panhandle-Plains Invitational Paint-Off Women's Shoes http://bit.ly/PPIWomens

Auction 2—April 8-14
Main auction page: http://bit.ly/pphm4charity2011
Meaghan Collier—KAMR

http://bit.ly/MeaghanCollier
Kayla Welch—KVII
http://bit.ly/KaylaWelch
Don Carthel—WTAMU head football coach
http://bit.ly/DonCarthel
Jeremy Mares—artist and musician
http://bit.ly/JeremyMares
Sis Olsen—artist

http://bit.ly/SisOlsen

Valerie Wieners—artist
http://bit.ly/ValerieWieners
Taylor Meyer—WTAMU graphic designstudent
http://bit.ly/TaylorMeyer

Auction 3—April 15-21
Main auction page: http://bit.ly/pphm4charity2011

Jeremy Mares—artist
http://bit.ly/JeremyMares2
Melynn Huntley—AISD
http://bit.ly/MelynnHuntley
Panhandle-Plains Invitational
Paint-Off Men's Shoes http://bit.ly/PPIMens2
Alice Hyde—artist

http://bit.ly/AliceHyde
Panhandle-Plains Invitational Paint-Off
Women'sShoes
http://bit.ly/PPIWomens2
Quinn Alexander—Canyon mayor

http://bit.ly/MayorAlexander

Krista Gerlich—WTAMU coach
http://bit.ly/KristaGerlich2
Don Carthel—WTAMU coach
http://bit.ly/DonCarthel2
Debra McCartt—Amarillo mayor
http://bit.ly/MayorMcCartt
Meaghan Collier—KAMR
http://bit.ly/MeaghanCollier2
Amy Winton—artist

http://bit.ly/AmyWinton

Telemundo News Team
http://bit.ly/TelemundoAMA2
Andy Justus—KAMR
http://bit.ly/AndyJustus
Lacey Brown—American Idol finalist
http://bit.ly/LaceyBrown
"Doppler Dave Oliver—KFDA
http://bit.ly/DopplerDave2
Dr. J. Patrick O'Brien—WTAMU president
http://bit.ly/DrOBrien

Social Justice Conference 

 
April 1

Social Justice Leadership Conference - Local Connections and Global Perspectives

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.Hazel Kelley Wilson Alumni Banquet Hall
Sponsored by WTAMU Diversity Committee

Keynote speaker: Ibrahim Abdiul-Mu’id Ramey
WT faculty-led workshops representing various disciplines across campus. Conference is free of charge and open to WT students.

7–8:30 p.m.
Featured speaker : Ibrahim Abdiul-Mu’id Ramey
(bio)
Hazel Kelley Wilson Alumni Banquet Hall
Free and open to the public
For additional information, contact Claudia Stuart: cstuart@wtamu.edu

 

 Campus Clean-up

April 2,
8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Campus Clean-Up
WTAMU campus
Sponsored by CORE

Students, faculty and staff will meet at the JBK to prepare for a day of cleaning up the WTAMU campus. Breakfast will be provided. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.
For additional information, contact Matt Maples: mmaples@wtamu.edu

 

 Buff Sole Give

April 4-9 - All day
Buff Soles
JBK Commons Area

This week is dedicated to the need of putting shoes on childrens' and teens' feet in the Amarillo - Canyon area.
Sponsored by WT Alliance: BSM, Navigators, Wesley Foundation, Catholic Student Center, Buffs for Christ and North.

The WT Alliance is providing an area in which participants can drop off new or gently used shoes in the JBK.

April 9 - 11 a.m. 
Buff Sole GivePedestrian Mall

Collected shoes to be presented to representatives of Faith City and Mission Amarillo.

 

 A Day Without Shoes

April 5 - All day 
A Day Without Shoes
WTAMU campus
Sponsored by Student Government

As part of the One for One effort of TOMS shoes, WT will be hosting a day without shoes. This day is dedicated to creating awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. By going barefoot all day, part of the day, or even an hour, participants will experience the trials of life without shoes first hand. Student government members will also be painting participants’ feet.

For additional information, contact Tim Vela: tvela@wtamu.edu

 

 National Volunteer Week

April 11-14 - Noon each day 
National Volunteer Week
JBK Commons

Sponsored by CORE and PULSE Peer Educators
Representatives from Family Support Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, Tobacco Free Amarillo and Impact Futures will be on campus to show students how they can get involved.

For additional information, contact Stephanie Brackett: sbrackett@wtamu.edu

 

 Give a Goat

April 13 - 8 a.m. through April 14 - 10 a.m.
Shack-a-Thon; Give a Goat
WTAMU Campus – Southeast Lawn of Old Main
Sponsored by WT Alliance and Christian Relief Fund

The Give-a-Goat fund raiser recruits all WT students, as well as residents of Canyon and Amarillo, to donate money toward the purchase of goats in order to provide relief to the impoverished of Southern Sudan. Every $75 given covers the cost of the goat, veterinarian fees, minimal dairy business equipment and delivery of the goat to southern Sudan.

Every WT student is invited to participate in an example of poverty. Beginning at 8 a.m. students will gather to build shacks out of cardboard, wooden pallets and duct tape. They will live in the shacks until 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Canyon/Amarillo community is invited to come and observe the students’ shacks, as well as attend a special program at 8 p.m., April 13 at the east steps of Old Main.

For additional information, contact Buddy Young: wtamubsm@yahoo.com

 

 Stay Afloat

April 14 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Stay Afloat
Virgil Henson Activities Center
Sponsored by Sigma Nu

Open to WT students and the surrounding community, Stay Afloat is a team competition where each team is provided cardboard, plastic wrap and duct tape to create their boat. Each team is required to pilot their boat around the pool to achieve the fastest lap time. The winning team will receive a prize for their fastest time, ingenuity and design success.

Registration is $15 per team (three people per team) Proceeds will benefit the TOMS Shoes One for One Movement. A free dive-in movie, also open to the community, will take place immediately following the event.

For additional information, contact Frankie Sanchez: fksanchez@sbcglobal.net

 

Spring FlingS.T.O.P. Film Festival

April 16
Battle of the Bands

1 - 6 p.m.:
Lawn south of Old Education Building
Sponsored by CORE and Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

Local bands battle it out to see who will open for Hawk Nelson on April 21.

Style Your Sole

Patrons will be styling their TOMS during Battle of the Bands. Pre-order shoes by printing and returning this form below to the JBK by April 5.
TOMS order form
Janey's @ 2500 will be on location selling TOMS shoes during Style Your Sole.

5 p.m.: The Lloyd Dobler Effect Concert
Lawn South of the Old Education Building
Sponsored by CORE

Our annual Spring Fling is an event for WTAMU students and the surrounding community. Join us for music, food, games and fun!

6:30 p.m.: S.T.O.P (Students Taking on Prevention) Film Festival
JBK Commons
Sponsored by Amarillo ISD, Family Support Services, PULSE, Impact Futures, Tobacco Free Amarillo and Ragtown Media

This film festival will premiere public service announcements created by area high school students. Winners and a People's Choice Award will be announced at the end of the evening. 

Hawk Nelson Concert 

April 21
6 p.m. - Hawk Nelson Concert

First United Bank Center
Sponsored by WTAMU
Winner of Spring Fling Battle of the Bands set to open.
Tickets : $10 each, Groups of 8 or more: $8 each

Check in at the First United Bank Center on Facebook during the Hawk Nelson concert for a chance to meet TOMS found and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Reception and Dinner with Blake Mycoskie - Invitation Only
Sponsored by Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
Tables of eight are priced at $1,000 per table. Proceeds benefit WTAMU President’s Community Scholarship Fund. For additional information, contact Kim Bruce
: kbruce@wtamu.edu.

8:30 p.m. - Distinguished Lecture Series with Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver (bio)
First United Bank Center

For additional information, contact Dr. Leigh Browning: lbrowning@wtamu.edu

 

 

 

Blake Mycoskie

After learning that most children in developing countries grow up barefoot, Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes with the simpleBlake Mycoskie promise to give a pair of new shoes to children in need with every pair sold. The TOMS One for One movement uses the power of consumers to make positive social change and has become a blueprint for social enterprise now taught at universities around the world. Mycoskie and his work have been featured in People magazine and Time, and he is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence. He now focuses his shoe giving and awareness efforts to fighting podoconiosis, a soil-transmitted disease that affects millions but is preventable with basic hygiene and by wearing shoes.

The creative entrepreneur grew up in Texas. He has created five businesses since college including a national campus laundry service and Mycoskie Media which was purchased by Clear Channel Media. He also has competed in the CBS series The Amazing Race in 2002.

Ibrahim Ramey

Ibrahim Ramey PhotoIbrahim Ramey is the director of the Human and Civil Rights Program of MAS Freedom, the human and civil rights advocacy component of the Muslim American Society, in Washington, D.C. He has spent more than 30 years as an international activist and advocate for human and civil rights issues in the United States and around the world. He is a former vice president and current at-large member of the steering committee of the Religious NGO Community at the United Nations. He also serves as a board member of the Muslim Women’s Institute, the Temple of Understanding and a steering committee member of the Climate Crisis Coalition.

He also worked as program manager with the Youth Action Program in East Harlem, N.Y., and has lectured at more than 40 colleges and universities in the United States and Japan on youth, nonviolence, social justice issues and international nuclear disarmament issues.

Ramey’s work for peace and nonviolent social justice has earned him numerous awards including the 2000 Better World Activist Award from the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation and a Distinguished International Service Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.


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