February 20, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University is the winner of the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Technology Challenge Contest.

Produced by Bucknell’s Podsquad, the winning video documented the University’s MLK Service Week, which involved 50 community partners and nearly 600 Bucknell volunteers and community members. The University’s community service office will receive $400 to support future MLK service initiatives.

In announcing the winner, the North Carolina Campus Compact said that Bucknell beat five national finalists – Appalachian State, Kansas State, Miami University, University of South Dakota and Virginia Tech – by receiving 57 percent or 6,818 of the 11,922 votes cast from 49 states.

Bucknell's entry
To see Bucknell’s winning video entry, visit
MLK voting.

NC Campus Compact developed the technology contest to recognize the campus with the most creative and inspiring use of technology to highlight their MLK Day of Service efforts. Six entries were chosen as finalists for public voting based on four criteria: overall impact, originality, memorable content and the overall message of acknowledging and honoring the principles of Dr. King.

The national technology contest was part of NC Campus Compact’s efforts to highlight and increase college student volunteerism on MLK Day, the only federal holiday designated as a day of service.

One of seven lead agencies to receive funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to promote volunteerism on the 2009 King Day of Service, NC Campus Compact provided grants directly to campuses or through state Campus Compact offices, mobilizing 16,000 college students on 130 campuses in 28 states. Bucknell was awarded a mini-grant through Pennsylvania Campus Compact. Only participating campuses were eligible for the contest. 

Service efforts
For more information about the campus-based service efforts, visit
North Carolina Camus Compact or MLK Day of Service.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a coalition of 41 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. 

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