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by Elliott Lauderdale

"You mean lack of collaboration?" a student suggested after I told her I was writing about the university's participation in the community. Despite my own affiliation with the University of South Alabama (USA) and habit of participation in a range of organizations and community meetings, I often hear what others tell me is a common refrain heard around Mobile, that the university participates little and contributes little to the community.

This same student was able to follow up her immediate comment with examples of how she and her fellow students and professors contribute to the community as volunteers at Penelope House, St. Mary's, and Habitat for Humanity.

These articles will examine the relationship between town and gown in Mobile. Our readers are invited to contribute (elauderdale@usamail.usouthal.edu or 460-6263). All articles are by Elliott Lauderdale unless otherwise noted.


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