Meeting Recap

This week’s meeting was a busy one! If you missed it, read below to get in the loop:

  • Empower founder Andria Sherrow gave us an update on Bigodi School and Nursery in Uganda. A windstorm destroyed the newly build school for disabled children and orphans last November. We are fundraising specifically to rebuild this school, and our goal is to finish rebuilding this year! Empower has employed local workers for the construction who are all using locally-made materials for this sustainable project.
  • Andria also explained the new student internship program, which means if you are chosen to be an officer of the Empower OU student group, then you are considered an intern for the national Empower Campaign.
  • Joan Kanyange, our Empower in country consultant, gave a brief talk about her background growing up in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and her work with Empower.
  • Jewelry sales this quarter: Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5K race day on Oct. 10; Homecoming weekend on Oct. 17 – 18; and Parents Weekend on Oct. 24 – 25. You must have attended a jewelry training session to sell, so if you are interested, stay posted for more info!
  • We need help designing jewelry! If interested, e-mail
  • 5K! October 10, 12:00 @ Ping, $15. We need plenty of help with this, so please come to the 5K meeting this Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Bentley.

I know that this is a lot, but remember why we are doing all of this: to educate kids in Uganda so that with their education, they can make Uganda, Africa and the world stronger.

If you need any information or details about the minutes, please e-mail!

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  • Andria – founder of Empower
    • Bigodi School update:
      • A windstorm destroyed a newly built school for disabled children and orphans in Uganda
      • We are fundraising specifically to rebuild this school
      • Empower has employed local workers for the construction and locally made materials for the building
      • GOAL = finish rebuilding this year!
      • Check out photos online
    • Student Internship Program
      • Work as an officer for the OU Empower campaign, and be recognized as a national Empower Campaign intern
      • Improve management skills and professional development
      • Graduate school connections, career connections
      • Great opportunity for networking!
      • Must be a member for 2 quarters
      • Apply winter term

  • Joan – Empower in country consultant
    • Grew up in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda
    • Her father was a professor and he took her into the small villages during the holidays to see what life was like for those outside of the capital, which helped her to appreciate what she had
    • Attended University in Uganda and has her bachelors degree in developmental studies
    • She met Andria in 2000 after graduation and expressed an interest in going to graduate school in the United States
    • She is now pursuing her masters in African studies here at OU
    • She went home for the summer and is so glad that the students in western Uganda now have lunch programs at school
    • The women’s trade cooperatives are in need of business and are so appreciative of what we are doing for them also!

· Lori – Merchandizing

    • Jewelry sales
      • every Wednesday (11-3) on the 4th floor of Baker
      • Parent’s weekend
      • Homecoming weekend
      • 5K day
    • 2 new members with one experienced seller
    • You MUST me trained in order to sign-up for a sale
    • Sign-up for a sales training session soon!

  • Jordane – Jewelry Design
    • Uses jewelry that breaks during shipping to make new bracelets and earrings
    • Sign-up if you are interested!

  • 5K! October 10, 12:00 @ Ping, $15
    • All members are required to register
    • Sign-up to work the registrations tables
      • Oct. 1 = Nelson, Boyd, Jefferson (5-7)
      • Bring your computer if you can to register people online
    • Food donations: get an hour of mandatory service!
      • Gatorade, fruit snacks, granola bars
    • Smile Markers//Scream Team (alternative to running)
      • Make posters to direct people on the course
      • Wear costumes, be crazy!
      • Carli Coss and Bridget are coordinating the teams
    • Chalking – publicize on sidewalks all around campus
      • Organized chalk outings the next two Wednesdays after 5k meeting and general meeting
      • But feel free to start now on your own!
      • Write on chalkboards in your classrooms too!
    • We also still need general race day volunteers, sign-up!
    • Talk to businesses you know and think might be interested in sponsoring us and getting their name on the back of our shirts



5 Ways to Help with the 5K

As many of you already know, The Empower Campaign is gearing up for its 2nd Annual 5K Run to Empower, which will be Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009.

Help out with this year's 5K Run to Empower!

Help out with this year's 5K Run to Empower!

Last year, more than 20 student organizations and 500 runners participated in the 5K, and we’re expecting an even bigger turnout this year. Many people have been asking what they can do to help with the 5K, so here are five things that take only a small amount of time, but are a big help to Empower:

1. Register for the 5K and create your Firstgiving page here.

2. Once you make your Firstgiving page, send e-mails to five (or more) friends/family asking them to sponsor you in the 5K.

3. Join the Facebook event and invite all of your friends.

4. Donate Gatorade, bottled water and small snacks for the day of the race. If interested, email

5. Write on the chalk boards in classrooms on campus: “5K Run to Empower, Oct. 10 at noon at Ping. Register at” Don’t forget to write “save” next to it, so it doesn’t get erased!

As always, your support is greatly appreciated! Empower love!

New Video

Hi everyone!

The new Empower Campaign is below. Please take a couple of minutes to watch it, and hopefully you’ll have a better understanding of what Empower does and the ways you can get involved!

This Week in Empower

While there are only two Empower events scheduled for this week, both are very important!

Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Empower Jewelry Sale
@ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Baker Center

Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Empower 5K Committee Meeting
@ time and place TBD

The 5K Committee meeting will discuss fundraising ideas, organizing volunteers for the day of the race and getting more runners registered before the end of September. If you need to register, go to The 5K Run to Empower begins at noon on Saturday, Oct. 10, and registration is $15.

Meeting Recap

Just in case you weren’t able to make the general body meeting of The Empower Campaign last night, here’s what you missed:

  • The Empower Campaign is going national! While The Empower Campaign’s first student chapter was founded at Ohio University, it has since spread to the campuses of Ohio State University, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Dayton. Now we want even more students to get involved! In order to spread the word, a new video was made over the summer with information about Empower and the important work that the student chapters accomplish. Check it out and be inspired by watching the video here.
  • The 5K is quickly approaching! The race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10 at noon and it starts at Ping Recreation Center. Register today at!
  • Membership requirements are more defined this year. All new members are asked to pay $25 for the first quarter, which covers your $15 volunteer t-shirt and your $10 quarterly dues. The dues are new this year, but will be used for the small costs of running a student organization, like reserving funraising and meeting spaces and printing flyers. Members will also be required to dedicate two education hours (attendance at an African Studies or Anthropology event on campus), four mandatory service hours (volunteering at that quarter’s mandatory fundraising event, which is the 5K this quarter) and two general service hours (volunteering at regular events like jewelry sales or beer tastings).
  • If you are interested in being a member of Empower, please contact Katie Devlin at
  • We have two jewelry sales trainings this week. One is tonight (Thursday, Sept. 10) at 8 p.m. in Bentley 023 and the other is Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in Bentley 023.
  • Keep checking this blog for regular updates and follow us on Twitter. Our new student website will be revealed by the end of next week!

This Week in Empower

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at the Involvement Fair yesterday! More than 100 people signed our interest sheets and we’re looking forward to seeing new and old friends at our first meeting, which leads into the subject of this post.

Empower has several events planned for this week:

Wednesday, Sept. 9 — First Empower Jewelry Sale
@ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Baker Center

Wednesday, Sept. 9 — First Empower student group meeting of the year!
@ 9 p.m. in Bentley 227

Thursday, Sept. 10 — Jewelry Sales Training
@ 8 p.m. in a room TBD (Note: The time may change)

Sunday, Sept. 13 — Jewelry Sales Training
@ time and room TBD

While anyone can fundraise independently for The Empower Campaign, the student chapters primarily fundraise by selling Empower jewelry. In order to sell the jewelry, you must attend a training session led by Empower officers. During the training, you will learn about the history and mission of The Empower Campaign, the protocol for working at an Empower event and the managerial skills needed to run a sale.

For more information, visit

New Online Store

Empower bracelets and other jewelry are now available online.

Empower bracelets and other jewelry are now available online.

It’s the first week of fall quarter, and you know what that means… the start of Empower Jewelry Sales every Wednesday at Baker Center!

However, everyone in Empower knows how busy it is being a college student and how easy it is to forget about the sales. So, we’re inviting you to check out the new Empower Store online at

The store has all of the same products has our sales stands around campus and in Athens, from bracelets to necklaces to purses. The proceeds of the online sales are distributed in the same way as in-person sales, with the profits used to educate orphaned and vulnerable youth in Uganda, Africa.