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Message to MSJ on World Hunger Relief Event

Dear Mount St. Joseph Community,

As the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary this weekend, we face one of the most severe hunger emergencies since its founding. The civil war in Syria and conflicts in Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Ukraine have left millions of people homeless and without food. Ethiopia, Central African Republic and other nations are also at risk of famine in the coming months.

The MSJ Impact Cincinnati Group has created a great way for you to help them, and all you need is a smartphone and your spirit. They are hosting a Charity Miles walk-a-thon for the World Food Programme (WFP), the largest hunger relief organization. The WFP depends entirely on voluntary donations.

Because of low funding the WFP has been forced to reduce rations for war victims.

10455056_1211383905543562_570186908994369050_nTo help, you need to download the app at www.charitymiles.org, select World Food Progamme from the list of charities, and start walking, running or biking. Every mile means a donation of a meal, paid for by corporate sponsors.

This is a tremendous way for you to be a food ambassador, raise donations for WFP and make an impact statement. Your actions will show that the hungry, even though thousands of miles away, are not forgotten.

Mount St. Joseph historically has responded in times of great distress. After World War II, MSJ answered the cries for help from overseas with massive food and clothing drives. The Mount school newspaper wrote “How did we, a small college… perform such a tremendous task.” Leadership and spirit for helping others guided the Greatest Generation.

Now is your time to step forward and meet the challenge of today’s world, which tragically again is hunger and insecurity.

The MSJ Walk-a-thon for the World Food Programme is this Friday, October 23rd from 12-4 at Fernbank Park on River Road. Even if you cannot attend, you can still do Charity Miles for the World Food Programme at any time. In the profile section of the app be sure to join the impactmsj team.

Please contact Monica Brucher with questions at monica.brucher@msj.edu. Please share your own story of your Charity Miles.

Thank you and good luck!

William Lambers

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My Cincinnati Enquirer column on Charity Miles to fight hunger

During his visit to the United States, Pope Francis was advocating for the new United Nations development goals. The plan is to knock out hunger and poverty worldwide by 2030. It’s what the pope calls the “pillars of integral human development.”

What’s also inspiring is students in the Cincinnati area finding unique ways to help makes these goals a reality. At Mount St. Joseph University, students are using a free app called Charity Miles that supports the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), the lead agency in fighting world hunger.

Read the full article at the Cincinnati Enquirer:

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Interview with Dr. Jennifer Morris on her book ‘The Origins of UNICEF’

All over the globe UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Agency, is working to lift children out of desperation and poverty. At this very moment UNICEF is on the frontlines of today’s largest humanitarian emergencies, aiding children in war-torn Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and South Sudan.

The origins of UNICEF go all the way back to the World War II era. Dr Jennifer Morris, a professor at Mount St. Joseph University (MSJU), takes us inside this history in her new book The Origins of UNICEF.

In the following interview Dr. Morris talks about how she developed this work on the history of this famous humanitarian organization.

Read the interview at Cincinnati.com

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Small college captured spirit of the Marshall Plan

It all started around a bonfire one autumn night in 1945. Students at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio were fired up to begin a project to “Help those who cannot help themselves.”

Read the article at Examiner.

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Ohio community garden helps Feeding America

Tucked away behind the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi, Ohio is a little treasure. It’s called the Hillside Community Garden. It’s making a difference for area residents.

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College runner surges over 100 miles to fight world hunger

Here is an update on NCAA cross country runner Amanda Shelby of the College of Mount St. Joseph. Earlier this year I featured Amanda on the Huffington Post and at Examiner.

Amanda has been piling up the miles in her comeback training for next season. She has already passed over 100 Charity Miles helping the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest hunger relief organization.

Charity Miles is the free app where you run, walk or bike to raise money for different causes. The donations are paid for by corporate sponsors including Lifeway Foods and Humana.

The donations generated by Amanda for WFP are well over 100 meals. So just picture a few classrooms in a developing country with a little over 30 kids each. It could be in Afghanistan, Mali, Haiti, South Sudan, or even the Middle East. Each child would receive a school meal for the day because of those donations. In impoverished countries that sometimes is their only meal of the day. So imagine if Amanda’s donations were duplicated among all cross country runners.

Amanda has also done Charity Miles workouts for Feeding America and a significant number for the ASPCA. She has helped 3 charities so far with her offseason workouts. Amanda also helped coordinate a Charity Miles community walk at the college called Mount Miles.

Check out the Charity Miles free app at www.charitymiles.org and you too can help out WFP and other causes.

Read the full article at Examiner.com


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Hunger Is Everywhere: Perspectives From a 30-Hour Famine

College student Kelly Burger no longer uses the expression “I’m starving.” Why? Because she now knows what starving really means. It’s not having a late dinner or missing one meal.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

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College Runner Fights World Hunger While Making Comeback From Injury

Last Christmas Amanda Shelby received a precious gift. She got to run again. It was only a jog around her neighborhood, but it was not the distance that mattered. She was back doing what she loves. Just months before she was so close to losing all of that.

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Service Learning to Develop Leaders Against Hunger

With Congress planning further cuts to food stamps, hunger in America is likely to escalate. Overseas, wars and disasters in Syria, the Philippines, Central African Republic and elsewhere are creating massive hunger emergencies. Rebuilding these countries and their food systems will take years.

We need leadership from our communities and government to fight hunger. We need leadership for the long haul.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

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Feeding America Charity Miler Writing Play on Hemingway

MSJ student Matthew Kohlmorgen has been doing Charity Miles to raise donations for Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization. Here is a sample of some of the workouts he has tweeted.

MSJ student Matthew Kohlmorgen has been doing Charity Miles to raise donations for Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization. Here is a sample of some of the workouts he has tweeted.

Matthew Kohlmorgen of the College of Mount St. Joseph (MSJ) is using both his writing talent and athletic ability. As a member of the MSJ Charity Miles team he runs to help Feeding America.

Charity Miles is a free app you download onto your smartphone. For every mile you run, walk or bike a donation is made to a charity of your choice, paid for by a corporate sponsorship pool. Through December 17 Lifeway Foods is matching all Charity Miles with a donation to the UN World Food Programme, the leading hunger relief agency in the typhoon-devastated Philippines.

Kohlmorgen is one of the top Charity Milers at MSJ. He is a senior English major and a published writer. In this interview Kohlmorgen discusses Charity Miles and a special project he is working on about Ernest Hemingway.

Q. Which type of workout do you use for Charity Miles?

A. When I use the concrete as my gym I love to just run and forget about everything. Running is a great way to relieve stress and the best part about using Charity Miles is that something so simple as running can make such a difference to people. Lately I have been doing a lot of yoga on account of not having much time to run.

Q. What are some of the charities that you are helping?

A. My favorite is “FEEDING AMERICA” because I have a soft spot for the domestic American family who is suffering, this is something that allows me to feel that I helped put food on a hungry family’s table, just because I go for a run.

Q. Do you have a personal connection with any of the Charity Miles causes?

A. I have been very fortunate and blessed in my life. I don’t know what it is like to go to bed hungry or what the feeling of having to swallow pride and go to a community centre for food feels like. I want to do everything I can to make sure that I give what I have in my life back, I can’t be selfish and forget about those who don’t have all the benefits that I have. If anyone is even remotely charity minded then there is no excuse to not have Charity Miles on your smart phone (an appliance that almost everyone has).

Q. As an English major you are working on a special project involving Ernest Hemingway? Can you tell us about that?

A. Yes! The project has had so much developmental hurdles because there is always that pressure to say something new, but how do you say something new about a man who has been so intimately studied by just about every single respectable institution? If we are talking about a Hemingway book that analyzes him as a writer, human being, or journalist then there is absolutely nothing new to say. However, in fiction there is so much to approach because that gives an audience of fans and non-fans a chance to see him from a different lens and having him opposite one of his contemporaries who has just as much intellectual and creative gravity would be fascinating-that is why I chose Orson Welles vs all the others in his generation. To see Hemingway argue with someone who wasn’t weaker than him, who could drink as much as him, and who could possibly outwit him is something I would like to see myself. Luckily, no one has made such a play so as a fan that is why I am pursuing this. Finally, I have always thought that Hemingway deserved a medium that approached him with a new perspective, that perspective being something that shows everything he was. The suicidal and mentally ill individual, the warm and caring father, the drunken misogynist, the close friend and argumentative writer. There are whole books dedicated to every topic I just mentioned, but nothing that has tackled the entirety of his complex personality. Fiction allows me to do that, and I needed someone who would be able to contend with him in all those areas, to me that was Orson Welles.

Q. Did Hemingway happen to spend time in the Philippines?

A. little bit of time yes, as far as I can determine he really didn’t do much profound thinking there. I hate to admit it but I had to really research (aka Google) that one. He was there in 1941, right after his marriage to famed war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. He spent time in the famous Manila hotel drinking, bull fighting, and boxing, pretty conventional behavior for the Hem.

Q. Can someone follow your Charity Miles workouts?

A. Of course! My Twitter account is Twitter.com/MKohlmorgen.

Bill, it as always has been a pleasure and congrats on being a blogger for the HuffPost!

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