Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
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New coordinator named for Shawnee State
University’s Center for Community Service
Nikki Karabinis has been named coordinator for the new
Center for Community Service at Shawnee State University.
She moved to Portsmouth from Boone, N.C.
When she graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in
secondary education and a master’s degree in college student
development, Karabinis joined Vista for one year and worked
at a small private college coordinating community service
events, service scholarship programs and alternative break
“It was the best job I ever had so when I finished with
Vista, I looked for something like that,” Karabinis said.
“When I saw this job description, I knew it was perfect for
me. It is exactly what I wanted.”
Two of her goals are to increase the community service
projects on and off campus for students and staff, and for
the Center for Community Service to become known to everyone
at the university.
“I think that the experience students can get in college
doing service can be very valuable,” Karabinis said. “They
learn great work fields that can be transferred to many
jobs, they make new friends and network.”
One of the activities she is planning is Operation Christmas
Child collecting shoe boxes filled with toys and school
supplies. From Monday, Nov. 8 to Thursday, Nov. 18, people
can donate filled shoe boxes and $7 for shipping at her
office in the University Center, Room 222B. For more
information on what to put into the shoe box, go to
Also on Monday, Nov. 8, the Canned Food Collection and
Building Competition begins. Students, faculty and staff can
register a team to compete for $200 at the end of the food
drive on Nov. 18 in building something with all the cans
they collected. A panel of judges will determine the winner.
All the food collected will be donated to local food
Another collection is for SSU graduate Tim Steflik who is
working with the Peace Corp in Zavet, Bulgaria, at a boys’
boarding school for underprivileged children. The boys, ages
8 to 18, are in dire need of long-sleeved shirts and warm
socks. Karabinis will be collecting these items from Monday,
Nov. 8 to Monday Nov. 15. Drop off donations at her office
in the UC, Room 222B.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week begins on Monday,
Nov. 15 with a documentary, “Easy Street,” that shows one
year in the lives of homeless people in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In collaboration with Sodexo, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, Nov. 16 through Thursday, Nov. 18, donations will
be accepted at the Bear’s Den where anyone can donate the
cost of lunch for a local food pantry.
During Veteran’s Recognition Day, Karabinis will have a
table set up with cards where people can write notes that
will be sent to veterans at VA hospitals.
“It’s nice to give something back to the community,”
Karabinis said. “I want to make that part of what makes
Shawnee State great.”
For more information on any of the events at the Center for
Community Service, contact Karabinis at