Driving Awareness of Domestic Violence

by Quynh Anh Nguyen Tran '11

Sophomore Charvon Keliihoomalu is proud of the success of her first campaign as Assistant SERV Coordinator.

The Russell Center kitchen is overflowing with the sweet smell of flour and sugar. People sway back and forth between the fridge and the oven and the ingredient tables, amidst the clanging of cupcake trays and cupcake molds. In the background, a speaker blast cheerful Hawaiian music.

Charvon Keliihoomalu, Assistant SERV Coordinator, laughs as she whips up a batch of cupcakes for the Domestic Violence Bake Sale. “By the way, it's Vonnie,” she adds.

Vonnie is the drive behind the Domestic Violence Awareness month at Menlo College, despite being a newcomer to the SERV Office (she started in Fall 2010). Since early September, Vonnie has been organizing the banner signing event, the bake sale, the wristband sale and the Community for Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) speaker night.

“It's my first campaign [as an assistant SERV Coordinator],” Vonnie says, smiling nervously. Nevertheless, she managed to raise $251 already and “there's still the wristband sale on Monday, October 18.”

Any future plans? Vonnie shrugs. She is still a sophomore, and has 3 more years to contribute to the Menlo community before she graduates. But Vonnie is definitely excited to be an active member of student life, here at Menlo.

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