Find out a little about our program from the people in it.
Bonners Brinda Penmetsa and Ton La, Jr. (T.J.) took to their message of service leadership to fight food insecurity to ABC 13’s Visions. They, along with Dave Giang, Josh Monsivais, and Naina Sakuti, have been working since August to launch the project, which would recover and then redistribute unused food from several sources on a fairly large scale. Those who are interested in partnering in the project–either as food providers or recipients of meal services–should contact the Cougar Chefs team using the form below.
On this page you will register your current preference for the service work you’ll be doing in the fall. For now, don’t worry about transportation or other logistics, and this is not binding: just tell us which projects or partners sound most interesting to you. You will have a chance to learn more at the Annual Program Launch event, and the program directors will be working with students closely on placements.
You can register your first- and second-choice preferences using the drop-down menus below.
Over Spring Break 2014, Team Bonner took a trip to Padre Island National Seashore in south Texas. Instead of partying, Bonners cleaned up the barrier-island beaches. While there, the group of friends learned a lot about service, the hidden natural beauties that Texas has to offer, and how much impact a group of people can have on the environment–both good and bad. According to Bonner Louie Marquez, “Not only was it an incredible learning and bonding experience, it helped us find out how to conduct even better service learning in future years.”
Bonner Leaders joined the 6th Annual Port Mansfield beach cleanup organized by Kathie Bassler to provide some much needed peoplepower to the cause, which last year removed more than twenty tons of trash from the beach. According to Bonner Director Andrew Hamilton’s pre-trip letter, “that’s approximately the weight of … Read More »
Last week we were honored to have a colleague of ours, Dr. Daphne Hernandez, write a guest blog on our site about her class’s “Food Stamp Challenge”. To read this short entry, please follow this link. Dr. Hernandez sent us an update of her findings and we are happy to share them again with you this week. The final entry concerning the final analysis of the project will likely be complete in the coming months.
A Lesson in Experiencing the Items that Comprise the Food Insecurity Scale – Dr. Daphne Hernandez
I woke up day one of the Challenge excited and ready to take on the task at hand. Breakfast: 2/3 cup of oatmeal, 1 cup of low fat milk, and 1⁄2 t of sugar. I did miss the dried cranberries that I usually add in to the oatmeal, but otherwise it … Read More »
Our colleague Dr. Daphne Hernandez from UH’s Department of Health and Human Performance is teaching Honors 3397: Applied Nutrition Policy this semester. As part of the course, she and her students are exploring the implications of nutrition policy by living it: they are attempting to live only on the $25 or so each week that the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides to single, benefits-eligible adults. What follows is Dr. Hernandez’s first blog post about the project. More discussion can be found at ABC13, The Houston Chronicle, and at the UH News Page.
Shopping: The $25 Challenge
Last Friday I headed to the grocery store with list in hand. Actually, it was two lists in hand. The “survival list,” and the “wish list.” I made a survival list that had the essentials (rice, beans, apples) and then I made a wish list that … Read More »
Our Inaugural Semester
The Bonner Leaders Program at the University of Houston has had a banner first semester. In August we welcomed our inaugural class—the largest Bonner inaugural class ever. They stepped into an environment in which they are expected to lead, and they have not disappointed.
The mid-year update contains a look at some of their projects and accomplishments. They have accomplished an astonishing amount in just fourteen weeks. They’ve revitalized the campus community garden, started a new recycling program, applied to the Clinton Global Initiative University, and represented our campus at the national Bonner Congress. They’ve also been building their program. Students wrote a constitution, elected a leadership council, and are now engaged in the process of recruiting and selecting next year’s class.
Click the image at right to read more about what we’ve been working on.