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Wiley College students dine on knowledge of world hunger

By Austin King aking@marshallnewsmessenger.com
Jan. 28, 2014 at 10 p.m.

<p>Wiley College's SGA President's Panel and Hunger Initiative worked together Saturday to donate $1,400 to East Texas Food Bank as part of the college's eighth annual Etical Student Leadership Conference.</p>

For numerous Wiley College students, the weekend was an enlightening chance to learn about world hunger.

On Saturday, around 100 students and visitors gathered for the college's annual Ethical Student Leadership Conference's Hunger Banquet. During the banquet, Wiley's Student Government Association Panel and the Wiley College Hunger Initiative donated $1,400 to East Texas Food Bank.

"The Hunger Banquet allows our students to expand their knowledge about world hunger by participating in scenarios that give them the chance to walk in the shoes of individuals and families grappling with how to feed their families," said Tammy Taylor, Wiley College public relations director. "They see how their community service really makes an impact on the community.

"This is the second year we have hosted the hunger banquet in connection with the Ethical Student Leadership Conference."

Last week marked the eighth annual Ethical Student Leadership Conference at Wiley College. Students and guests had the opportunity to participate in numerous learning activities around Wiley' campus and Marshall during the four-day conference.

Wiley College's first international debate against Monash University of Melbourne, Australia tied into the annual conference as well with the debate's subject being whether or not reducing economic inequality should be the number one priority of a nation. Wiley students argued in favor of the ideal. As always, the community was invited to attend as well.

"The theme for the conference was 'Honoring God through Servant-Leadership,'" Taylor said. "And as emerging servant-leaders, our students are actively engaged in giving back. Community service and doing good for others is an integral part of the Wiley experience."

Among this year's speakers for the conference were Dr. Vivian A. Bull, Marisa Rivera, Rosalind George, Dr. Dianne Suber, Rev. Larry Hollon, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Mahogany Terry, Dr. Dorris Robinson-Gardner, Jeremy Everett and LaDonna Gaut. Keynote speakers were Dr. Kim Cape, Rev. Katherine Elberfeld and Nate Parker.

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