March 30, 2010

Cross Country’s Raines Named One of GCSU’s Top Active Student Volunteers

Georgia College GIVE Center

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – As part of National Volunteer Week, Georgia College & State University’s GIVE Center and director Kendall Stiles recently released the school’s Top 30 Active Volunteers list, with Bobcat cross country standout Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earning a spot.

Raines has logged 400 volunteer hours over the past year, and is listed fifth among all Georgia College students.

National Volunteer Week, a signature event of Points of Light Institute, celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and the Volunteer Generation Fund, GCSU’s theme -- Celebrating People in Action -- honors individuals who take action and solve significant problems in their communities. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and the GIVE Center recognizes the top active volunteers from May 1, 2009 until March 29, 2010.

Raines was a two-time Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Runner of the Week, helping lead her squad to runner-up honors at the PBC Championships, the highest finish in school history.

The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.