A junior at Kent State University at East Liverpool, Matt McConnell starts his day with a 6 a.m. work out at the YMCA and a breakfast bar on his way to work. McConnell works at All Sports, a sports apparel company in downtown East Liverpool. Leaving directly from work, McConnell has just a two minute commute to Kent State East Liverpool where he is a full time student. In addition to his work and academic schedules, McConnell also serves at the campus as student body president. A role he hopes that will allow him to foster a more positive atmosphere on campus and throughout the East Liverpool community.
"When I was elected to the position, I knew I wanted to increase campus student involvement," campus," McConnell said, "Working with the rest of the student government officers, we have tried to make the campus a fun and friendly environment where students want to stay after class to participate in clubs and events." Student government organized both the fall and spring Welcome Back Fest' and is responsible for organizing a Relay for Life team comprised solely of East Liverpool Campus students. The student government officers also participate with various clubs on campus to sponsor events and fundraisers to benefit campus activities.
Working on a computer technology degree, McConnell hopes to find employment locally after graduating. He is hopeful he can take his computer skills to a power plant close to home. "I would love to work as a computer programmer for WTI, the Bruce Mansfield plant, or the W.H. Sammis plant."
McConnell's pride in East Liverpool and surrounding area prompted him to help start a student-based- community service organization, Operation Restoration. The group's mission is to generate community pride and career opportunities that will help retain area youth in our region. With the Operation's Restoration's ideas and support of a few close friends, McConnell is hopeful the organization will continue to grow and will make a positive impact on our community.
"We hope our community service efforts will boost the morale of everyone who calls East Liverpool home," McConnell said, "We want to show everyone there are still people who care about the area and who are dedicated to making it a better place to live." Members of the organization plan to participate in the Alternative Spring Break, held in March at the East Liverpool Campus. Other upcoming initiatives for Operation Restoration include: tag days to benefit the Salvation Army, city clean sweeps and food drives. According to Kent State East Liverpool Dean, Dr. Jeff Nolte, "the enthusiasm and commitment to positive change the students bring to the campus inspires all of us to invest in our region's future." Nolte added, "Kent State will always remain a catalyst for positive change because of passionate student and community leaders like McConnell and his fellow officers."
For further information regarding Operation Restoration please contact Matt McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org