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Treasure Savannah Bigger Than Ever

On a brisk and brilliant October morning, President Linda Bleicken and Chris Nowicki, assistant director of Student Union and activities, opened the fifth biannual Treasure Savannah and rallied a larger-than-ever crowd of student, faculty and staff volunteers. Nearly 575 participants came out for the fall 2012 event, a record number for Treasure Savannah.

Not only was the October event special for its numbers, but for the first time in the tradition's history, Armstrong's Liberty Center location was also involved. They even got to experience the pre-event pep rally online before launching into service projects at Ft. Stewart and Liberty Center.

“They were so excited to be part of the event and to feel the connection to the rest of the university,” reported Keith Betts, vice president of Student Affairs, who took part in the Liberty Center effort.

Back in Savannah, all service locations were packed with Armstrong faithful. Volunteers helped stock boxes, shelves and prepare food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Kappa Sigma fraternity dominated the Keep Savannah Beautiful clean up on River Street, and the West Broad YMCA brimmed with participants working on painting and gardening projects. New for 2012 was a unique service opportunity at Skidaway Island State Park where volunteers flagged invasive species to help park personnel identify and remove the problematic plant life.

Treasure Savannah also included service at Hunter Army Airfield, Lake Mayer, the Ronald McDonald House and Union Mission. On campus, members of the Makin' Maroon Green sustainability committee checked on recycling bin distribution and stickered energy conservation reminders on light switches throughout buildings.

“Treasure Savannah has become one of Armstrong's favorite traditions,” said Nowicki. “With hundreds of participants, it shows that Armstrong has a great love for the Savannah community.”