Monthly Archives: March 2009

Vets Offer Students a View of Animal Care

Sheba Mohankumar created a project in the SELP program that allowed high school students to get an opportunity to find out about what it would be like to be a vet. Mohankumar also got an article published in the Lansing State Journal (of Michigan) about the project, which is reprinted below.

Lansing High School students get a view of veterinary medicine

First year students from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University visited J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing last Thursday to talk about their experiences in Veterinary Medicine.

This was part of a program called “Reach for your dreams”. Five students from the first year class visited the high school. They made and displayed posters describing what high school students should do to apply to veterinary schools, what activities and opportunities are available while students are in the school and career options after completing the DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine) degree.”Veterinary medicine is one of the fastest growing professions in the country and there is a need to increase the diversity in our colleges and the profession to match the changing demographics”, said Sheba MohanKumar, faculty advisor for the program. This is one of the community projects that she has started from being part of the Self Expression and Leadership program conducted by Landmark Education.

“There are only 28 veterinary schools in the country and we need to use every chance we get to reach out to students in elementary, middle and high schools to increase the number of qualified minority applicants”, said Doris Roberson, pre-vet advisor.

Veterinary students Nick Barbu, Aimee Campbell, Daniel Cole, Crystal DeGroot and Ashley Taylor shared their personal experiences.

They talked about how they developed an interest in the subject, and how they got admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. High School participants were given a survey to complete and interested students will be contacted to provide more specific information.

They were all invited to the “Vet-a-visit” program, a free, open-house event at the College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU that is being held on Saturday, April 18, 2009.

Residents Beautify Lake Garden

Sunik Kand, a senior employee at a Bangalore information technology company, created a project in the Landmark Education Self Expression and Leadership Programme to clean up an abandoned lake and garden and convert it into a park with a walking track. The local government has now taken on the project. The notable India Times newspaper wrote a story about the project.

Residents work to beautify Iblur Garden

Bellandur Iblur Residents Welfare Association, along with several NGOs, residents of nearby areas, citizen groups and schools, participated in a `Harit-Jagat’ project for beautification of Iblur Lake garden on Saturday.

Sunil Kand, a resident of the neighbourhood, said: “Around 50 persons from the neighbouring areas dedicated two hours for the job. We cleaned the entire garden of trash. We pulled out parthenium and watered the entire area. We also employed gardeners for trimming the hedges.” Overall, the residents filled close to 50 gunny bags with tightly packed trash and parthenium.

Three months ago, a few residents of the area conceived a time-bound action for Iblur Lake and garden. A senior citizens association, whose members use the graden daily, readily took up the job for its upkeep. The BIRWA has taken upon itself the job of `promoting, campaigning and initiating citizen actions for civic and community activities’.

Dancing, Breakfast, Benefit Cancer Research

Over £1,000 were raised for cancer research at a U.K. dance event, thanks to the SELP project of Monne Whyte-Macpheson. The following article appeared in The Express newspaper on February 13th.

Cha-cha-cha raises cancer cash

Breakfast with a kick was the order of the day in Windsor at the weekend.

New Windsor Community Association came alive with Cuban beats on Saturday for an early morning charity event.

A group of 40 people were served up cha-cha-cha lessons and bacon butties at the first ever Big Breakfast Dance.

The event at the hall in Hanover Way was organised by Monne Whyte-Macpherson to raise money for Cancer Research.

“It’s been really good fun,” she said on the day.

“I have had a lot of friends and family helping out and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

She was inspired to organise the event after doing a Landmark Education course in London, which she says taught her about transforming her life for the better and helping the community.

The Castle Close resident laid on a range of delicious breakfast foods and drinks at the event to help give people the get-up-and-go needed for their taster lesson in Latin dance.

Once the fancy footwork was over it was time for some manoeuvres off the dance floor as the guests locked horns in the silent auction.

Bidding wars broke out over several items, which included restaurant vouchers and beauty products.

All the items were donated, including the food and use of the hall, enabling all the proceeds to go the charity.

The group raised £1,000 in total, which Monne was delighted with.

The marketing executive said: “My goal was £560 and we raised almost double that thanks to people’s generosity so I’m really pleased.”


Homes for 18 Year Old Foster ‘Children’

Yvonne Evans’ project in Landmark’s SELP program involves providing places to live for foster children who turn 18 but who have no place to live. According to Evans, over half of all foster care children who turn 18 have no place to live and a quarter of them eventually end up in prison. Watch the video below to see Evans talk about the problem and what can be done about it.