March 13, 2015
Since Makenzie Tremp’s arrival on campus, the spirt of volunteerism at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) seems to be at an all-time high. Ms. Tremp, joined the AUC community as the May 2014 recipient of the university’s Alumni Heritage Scholarship, and has quickly become a student leader on campus.
This semester, over 220 members of the AUC community— one of the largest turnouts to date – joined together for Community Action Day (CAD) events on campus and at locations across St. Maarten. Volunteers collaborated with several local organizations to assist with health and wellness screenings, beach cleanups, and health education workshops. This included the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the Red Cross, the St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation, and I Can Foundation.
“Participation in this semester’s CAD was at the highest that I’ve been since joining AUC, and this is in large part thanks the efforts of Makenzie and other Student Volunteer Committee (SVC) members,” said Golden Jackson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Service-Learning and Community Affairs. “She assisted by promoting the events on social media, coordinating sign-ups, and distributing t-shirts. The leadership by Makenzie, and all other SVC coordinators, was invaluable.”
“Once I learned that I was accepted to AUC, I began thinking of ways I could be part of the incredible community outreach projects AUC students are known for leading,” said Ms. Tremp. “The Student Volunteer Committee has been the perfect avenue for me, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, particularly our work around Community Action Day and the Breakfast Club.”This semester, the SVC continued the tradition of fundraising for the Breakfast Club. “One of our major initiatives is to provide complimentary healthy breakfast options to student at local schools,” said Ms. Tremp. “We raise funds by holding shwarma sales on campus, and also coordinate a back-to-school drive to provide school supplies and funds for families in need of extra assistance.”
Ms. Tremp, a native of Traverse City, Michigan, graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences.
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