Southern Illinois University Carbondale Daily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
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Egyptian19710105Job; Egyptian19710105Job.tif
Egyptian19710105Job; Egyptian19710105Job.tif
TitleEgyptian19710105Job; Egyptian19710105Job.tif
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptJob complex* varied
Service unit widen* its aims
th u law IT
"Our most Important thing
Is fan ting the )o6 done—not
who did K or "by, " said
Jerome Lacey, coordlAatorof
SR' Services to Carbondale.
Ihe Job Is not simple. The
services vary. However, all
are (op priority—meeting ho-*
man needs and improving the
quallry of life for disadvantaged people of Carbondale.
A growing challcngs, for
colleges and universities lo
participate directly In solving
social problems promptedthe
establishment of (he SIU service unit two years ago.
Its flrat director was Waller C, Robinson who now heada
Sfl"s Black Studies Program.
I.acey, who U also an assls- ,
(ant to Chancellor Robert C.
Layer, succeeded Sam Silas
In 1160 when Silas left (o
return to professional football.
Under ihc coordination of
Lacey, former Carbondale
school teacher and director
of ihe Jackson Williamson
Communliy Action Agency,
University Services has
broadened Its ran go of service
during the past two years.
The unit has been working
clo-icly wiih the Carbondale
Model Cities Program In offering technical and consultative aid, and administrative
Git sonnet, Kirk of
nlverslty Services Is assigned to (he Model Cltleo
Agency as community consultant, A secretary also has
been assigned, said Lacoy.
Lacey explained that (he
unit la designed to Identify,
factors, resources, technical
and professional skills within
ihe Unlverslly to mcec the
needs of (ho people. Another
Important function of the unit
la to Initiate pilot andcxpcrl-
menlal programs with iho goal
of having them eventually conducted on a sustaining basis
by a local agency.
An "outreach office, su
pervised by John Holmes.,
University Services staff assistant, has been established
la the Attucks Multi-Purpose
Center—s Carbondale Model
CitUs service center which
houses a day care center, a
comprehensive health service
Center and recreational facilities. Lacey serves on the
governing board of Ihe Multipurpose Center.
"The outreach office was
opened In (he Multi-Purpose
Center to make University
services and self-help programs easily accessible (oihc
community. A community
consultant, graduateassistani
and secretary will staff the
field office.
"Wo are working with ihc
people. By selling up an outreach office close to them,
they will havo S chance to
look at what Is being done
and what Is being offered, "
Lacey said.
Another goal Is to establish a worklni relationship
with community
Holmes will be working cl
ly with the.Northeast
munliy Development Congress, Welfare Rights Council, Economic Opportunity
Development Congress snd
other community groups.
For the past two years tbe
unit has sponsored a summer,
recreation.tad work participant programs. The recreation program was a coordinated effort with tfce Carbondale Park District to Increase
th? availability of recreational activities to northeast
residents. Lacey said It also
had a cultural-enrichment
concept whereby children
err eipoted to new experiences. An airplane ride, s
trip to a St. Louis baseball
game, various arts andcrafts
wer- part of this exposure.
The work partlclpani program provided 32 Carbondale
high school students with Jobs
during (he past two summers
In University departments.
The program was the result
of coorlnated efforts among
several University and local
agencies. Lacey said exposure to a unlverslly atmos-
rrc many tlmeaencouragcd
Igh school students 10 continue their education on the
college level.
"Tlit- program waa alwi
wjcccaaful In another way In
that most of ihc employer*
-rare plcaactl with the work
and youth were given the op-
port un It y to cam tome
money/- Lacey aald.
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