FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 31, 2007
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Hearin Leadership Students help renovate houses in
COLUMBUS, Miss – Members of the Hearin Leadership
Program at Mississippi University for Women recently
traveled to Jackson to assist with several housing
renovation projects as part of the Hearin
The fifty-two students worked with a group called
MadCAAP (Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty),
and, in their weekend there, painted the interior
and exterior of one house and the exterior of 2
other homes, as well as gutting and painting a house
that had been burned and helping roof another.
While in Jackson, the group stayed at the First
Baptist Church of Ridgeland.
Wahnee Sherman, coordinator of the Hearin Leadership
Program, said, “Over the last few years we have been
taking students out for a weekend of service work.
Again this year, the students were amazing because
they worked so hard to help people they didn’t even
know. This trip teaches students the importance of
helping others. Alternative Break changes the lives
of the people we help as well as changing the lives
of our students as they learn more about making a
difference in the lives of others.”
Josh Kemp, a junior Business Management major, said
he thought the trip to Jackson was a “great
experience.” He said that through doing community
service, he said he has been able to give back to
those people less fortunate than he.
“It’s a great feeling . . . to give back to the
community,” said Kemp.
Senior Pre-Physical Therapy major Haley Cochran, who
has been an active Hearin member for four years,
said that Hearin is beneficial for students because
it “provides a family away from home.” Cochran said
she has made friends for life through the program.
The Hearin program requires that all Hearin
scholarship recipients maintain a 2.5 GPA overall,
enroll in a leadership class each year, receive 30
hours of community service, and attend monthly and
social events put on by the Hearin Program. Other
leadership positions include Hearin Council, which
plans the Hearin activities each year, and the
Hearin Intern who works with Sherman to organize and
coordinate the program.
For more information about Hearin, contact Sherman
at 662-329-7355 or visit www.muw.edu/hearin.