Student Service Spotlight

Alex Miller

Alex Miller 

Alex is a Senior majoring Public Relations with a minor in Public Law. He was the president of Bear Service Team in 2013 and is currently a Bear Breaks Trip Leader. Some of Alex's best memories is when he helped coordinate Into the Streets and MLK Day of Service events. Alex has been engaged in the Springfield community because "it has been my home away from home for 3 years now and I felt like the least I could do was give back to the community which has supported me throughout my pursuit of higher education."  


Josh Hammack

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Josh Hammack is a junior majoring in Management from St. Louis, Missouri. He is involved in Theta Chi, IFC, SOAR, and Public Affairs Week Committee. Currently, Josh serves as the Vice President of Community Relations for the InterFraternity Council. Josh has volunteered over 100 service hours through the Convey of Hope, Ozarks Literacy Council, and Ozarks Food Harvest. He has also done philanthropy work with the Ronald McDonald House and the Ozarks Literacy Council.  Josh likes to be engaged within the community because "it is right for us to give back and help when we can." 


Jordan Lamb

Jordan Lamb

Jordan is a Junior at MSU majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration with a minor in communication. Jordan is involved with PHA, Alpha Chi Omega, University Ambassadors, and Eta Sigma Delta. In these organizations, Jordan has held 3 different positions that work with the community and is currently the Vice president of Community Relations for PHA. Over her time at MSU, she has been involved with many different community agencies to say the least!  Jordan says she is engaged in the community because "I am able to share my time and talents. I enjoy being able to give back to the community and know that I am making a difference." 


Tyler McLain


Tyler McLain is a senior at Missouri State University majoring in Public Relations. Tyler has been very involved on campus to say the least. Tyler is a University Ambassador, committee chair for Relay For Life and was the President of his fraternity Phi Gamma Delta in 2013. He has had various types of service experiences with his favorite being volunteering at runs that sponsor philanthropic organizations. Tyler has been  heavily involved with Relay For Life for the past eight years and continues to support this great cause. Tyler said that he is engaged in the community because he believes that we all need to help each other in our time of need and to also improve the world we live in. "Community engagement has led me to give back as much as I can whether it is time or money. I like volunteering in the community, but philanthropy is what I really care about. I love helping these great causes like Relay For Life, so hopefully one day there will be a cure for Cancer."

Nicole Noonan

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Nicole is a Sophomore at MSU double majoring in Cultural and Regional Geography and Ethical Leadership. Currently, Nicole is the President of the Bear Service Team and is also involved in the Live Action Society. In the fall of 2013, she served as the Fall Break Immersion Trip Leader in Springfield. Her favorite service experiences are when she worked with the community gardens and food pantry. Nicole says, "helping others engage in fun and meaningful service experiences is a big motivator for me because I really enjoy seeing people getting excited about service." Getting engaged in the community has allowed Nicole to meet some great and creative people who enjoy making a positive impact on the community.


Liz Mergenthaler

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Liz Mergenthaler is a Junior at MSU majoring in Dietetics with a minor in Chemistry. She is the Service Coordinator for Bear Service team and is also the President of the Lutheran Student Center. Liz has been involved with various service opportunities such as Boys and Girls Club mealtime buddy, Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, and Habitat for Humanity. Liz says that "being engaged in the community helps me gain a better understanding of where I am living. Especially since moving to Springfield, staying engaged in the community has helped me see some of the predominant social issues here and the amazing ways different organizations are working to improve these."

Jackie Hampton


Jackie Hampton is a senior Cell & Molecular Biology major at MSU. Jackie is very involved with lots of organizations such as Bear Service Team and Pre-Med Society. She has been involved with service organizations such as Hospice, Safe to Sleep, and Boys and Girls Club. Jackie says "I'm a pre-medical student so I'm really interested in access to health care and how that's affected by poverty, homelessness, age, and location, such as rural areas. My experiences volunteering with a local hospice and Safe to Sleep Women's Shelter have shown me that there are so many different factors that can affect a person's health and well-being. In the future, I hope to bring this focus into my practice as a physician." Jackie is a caring individual who wants to give back to the community!


Shayla Jenkins


Shayla Jenkins is a senior at MSU majoring in Child and Family Development. Shayla is involved in various student organizations such as Christian Campus House, Student Government Association, Missouri State Teachers Association, and many more. Not only is she heavily involved on campus, but she has tons of service experience. She has went on the Chicago Alternative Spring Break Immersion Trip, Joplin Clean-up, and participated in Bear Service Days. Shayla says "Volunteering gives me a sense of belonging. I have such as passion with working with the community and I like to have awareness of what is going on. I like to put others before myself and I love interacting with those around me. You may not know the story of those around you, but one thing you do know is you could've changed someone's life without even realizing. That is the biggest impact I have on volunteering and serving in my community. Knowing I have made a difference and helped others, before doing something to benefit me. "