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Junior Fellows Corridor Cleanup

On Saturday, July 28th, the Junior Fellows cleaned up University Avenue (and side streets) from 11th street to 17th street, collecting more than fifteen bags of trash. The cleanup was orchestrated by the Junior Fellows to promote Huntsvile Beautification and to encourage students to invest in their community. The area the students cleaned, known as the Main Street Corridor, is of particular interest to the students, in that it represents the University's connection with the downtown area and historic Huntsville.

The Junior Fellows collected $4,523, which they will distribute evenly to the following groups:

1) The Hearts Veterans Museum

2) A scholarship for a civic-minded SHSU student
3) The Junior Fellows organization


The Junior Fellows are strong supporters of the HEARTS Veterans Museum, and, in fact, volunteer there weekly--as well as helping with special events. Further, the Junior Fellows will use funds from this event to sponsor scholarships for the Fall and Spring semesters. These scholarships will be awarded to students who have an excellent academic performance and have demonstrated a strong record of public service. Finally, the funds will also go to the Junior Fellows' campus organization. With these funds, the organization can continue its excellent record of promoting public service, offering unique educational opportunities, and developing professionalism and hands-on skills among college students.


Kirker & Dinbali clean 12th and University.

Dustin cleans up Rather Park.

The students take a lunch break.

Mike cleans up 11th street near SH avenue.

Lacy and the Trash pile. Notice which is taller.

End of the day.


The Junior Fellows would like to thank the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for their generous donations:

Dr. John Holcombe Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce Alpha Chi Omega
Frank & Janet Fair Wiesner of Huntsville AFSCME
Sharon Duke Sprint Huntsville YMCA
Buddy & Carol Jacks

I-I Gateway
at Huntsville

Texas Prison Museum
Dr. Bill Green American Bank  
James M. Hanna, MD Bearkat Books  
Mac Woodward Green Acres of Huntsville  
Thomas Leeper Health & Energy  
Brenda Lowery Diana Barnes, State Farm  
Dr. Robert Biles  
Susan Dinbali First National Bank  
Jennifer Kirker Five Loaves Deli  
Helen Belcher The Carriage Inn  
George Miles Dalene Zender, Heart of Texas Real Estate  
Lala Oladoye Chili's  
Christine Joines Murski's  
Martin Prambs Huntsville Auto Center  
Dr. Gene Young The Fabric Carousel  
Dr. Johanna Dunaway The Lexington  
Dr. Sarmsitha Majumdar    
Maria Holmes    
Dr. Corliss Lentz    
James Patton    
Jacob Spradlin    
Dr. John Newbold    
Rachel Yarabeck    
Heather Nix    
Karen Goodwyne    
Adekunle Adedokun    
Danna Welter    

The following individuals deserve special thanks for their additional contributions:

Mayor J. Turner, Pamela Turner, and Lee Woodward provided lemonade and tea to the volunteers.

Julie and Jessica Campbell provided lunches and water to the volunteers.

The City of Huntsville also provided helpful assistance.


Although the workload of the organization keeps membership small (10 or fewer members), the Junior Fellows have a remarkably high level of civic participation:

1) More than 250 volunteer service hours in the past eight weeks alone.
2) Arranging travel to various seminars and lectures, including: Stephen Hawking, Colin Powell, President George Bush, Chris Bell, Kinky Friedman, Senator John McCain, and others. In all, the students have taken more than 40 field trips in the past year.
3) Arranging travel to sites of historical and political interest. In 2006-2007, for example, the students have traveled to seven states and Washington, DC.
4) Promoting professionalism through seminars and training. In the past three months, the students have attended (a) a three-day seminar on city management; (b) a two day seminar on campaign management; (a) an evening seminar on professional development, and (d) a morning seminar on office management.

The Junior Fellows' primary commitments are to gaining useful academic and occupational skills while serving the public.


The Fellows pose with M.B. Etheredge following a fundraiser for the HEARTS Veterans Museum.

The Fellows prepare for a fundraiser for disadvantaged youth. Four students were awarded ten-day trips to London.

Each year, the Fellows also volunteer at the Scare on the Square, a safe, fun Halloween Environment for kids.


In the Spring, the Fellows presented a Legal Symposium, to help students learn more about Law School and Legal Careers. More than fifty students attended.


In the Spring, the Fellows hosted a book-signing event featuring Kasey Pipes. 100+ students & local citizens attended. They are planning an other book signing for the Fall.