KSU Students Participate in Community Outreach Project


  Amyn Panjwani and Winnie Patta, both business students in Kennesaw State University’s…

Georgia (Jan 29, 2010)


Amyn Panjwani and Winnie Patta, both business students in Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business and active members of the KSU SIFE Team, were two of 10 college students selected to join the Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars™ Community Project team in Los Angeles January 4th – 7th, 2010 to help communities impacted by the 2009 California wildfires.
Panjwani, a finance major, and Patta, an accounting major, cleaned up a historic ranger station, which had sat unused for decades in Angeles National Forest’s San Gabriel Canyon, that will now serve as a meeting site and home base for the 200 local volunteers who help the U.S. Forest Service.  Their group also repotted more than 100 pine tree saplings that will be used to replenish the forest; assembled more than 450 food packages for homebound individuals; and worked at the L.A. Regional Food Bank.  Photos from the Project can be found on Facebook.com/ResponsibleScholars
“Community service on college campuses has grown steadily over the past five years as more and more students look for ways to help people in need,” said Maura Quinn, University Relations Program Manager for Liberty Mutual Group.  “The Community Project gives students like Amyn and Winnie another outlet through which they can put their unstoppable energy and enthusiasm to work.”
According to Patta, “I thought the experience was very enriching.  I really felt that my participation in this experience made a difference in many people's lives and we had a great team of scholars. I have friendships that I know I will treasure for years to come. I hope Liberty Mutual will continue to provide this program to Responsible Scholars because it is life changing for the participants and the impact was clearly evident.”
Panjwani said, “Liberty Lends a Hand is an amazing program. Through it, we were able to travel to Los Angeles and work in the Angeles National Forest and provide voluntary service as well as learn a lot about the wildfire and its destruction. This experience will be with me forever."
Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron stated: "The Angeles National Forest depends heavily on the efforts of our partners and volunteers to manage the vital resources of the forest.  We appreciate the significant work the students from the Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars program performed during their visit with us.  In just three days, they began cleanup and restoration of a valued historical building.  They also repotted several hundred seedlings, and performed grounds maintenance on over an acre of landscaping.  It was an honor to host them."
Panjwani and Patta, who plan on graduating later this year, each submitted a two-minute YouTube video explaining why they should be chosen for the trip and their stories helped send them to L.A.  Videos from all 10 students selected for the community project are posted on Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Scholars YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/responsiblescholars.
In addition to Kennesaw State, the other Community Project recipients hail from the University of Georgia, Bowling Green State University, Boston College and Bryant University.
Students can also followLiberty Mutual, one of BusinessWeek’s Best Places to Launch a Career, at Facebook.com/ResponsibleScholars or Twitter.com/RespScholars.
Liberty Mutual Group (www.libertymutualgroup.com) employs over 45,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.
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In the photo, Winnie Patta (second from the left) and Amyn Panjwani (first on the right)



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