Missouri S&T student groups work to make bright lights, brighter futures

Roy Jacobs May 15, 2024

A week of fundraising this past April was called “Bright Lights, Brighter Futures.” The Greek community joined Court Appointed Special Advocates of South-Central Missouri to raise over $9,000 through email campaigns and on-campus activities.

These events and others brought awareness to the local CASA organization that was established in 2004 by a group of concerned citizens with offices in Rolla, Waynesville and Houston.

Since its inception, the program has provided individualized support and advocacy for over 1,400 children in 25th Judicial Circuit made up of four counties, Phelps, Maries, Texas and Pulaski.

To bring more awareness and help raise funds for CASA, Missouri University of Science and Technology students Tim Roth and Megan Boyll, both involved with philanthropic organizations, enacted change by focusing efforts on a local level that gives to the community.             

Roth, a sophomore studying chemical engineering, a member of Beta Sigma Psi and a member of Interfraternity Council, IFC, a governing body of social fraternities on campus, was assigned to Philanthropy committee at IFC.

Boyll, a junior in engineering management, is involved in several organizations including S&T Panhellenic with a focus of scholarship, service and friendship. The Council Executive Committee interviewed and selected Boyll as philanthropy chair. She works to involve and connect the organization in the Rolla and S&T communities.