By Jessica L. Mullins/Around&About editor

On a campus always striving to promote diversity, a new student group will introduce to the campus one more aspect of the diverse world. The newly forming Jewish-student group will join the many religious-based organizations on campus.

The group has met several times during the past year and a half to try to become established and is hoping this year students can join together and get the group going.

The Jewish-student group is open not only to students,but also to faculty and staff on campus.

According to Carole Garrison, chair of the department of criminal justice and police studies, who is involved in the group, this is the first Jewish group to be established on Eastern’s campus according to her knowledge.

The group has many goals and visions for the year, for themselves as an organization and for the campus.

“It (Jewish-student group) will certainly do networking with faculty, staff and community members to bring people together to discuss and celebrate Jewish holidays, provide a supporting community for Jewish students at EKU and to promote understanding of Jewish life among the EKU community,” Garrison said, via e-mail.

Garrison also noted that among these networking activities, the group would like to host a Middle Eastern reception “to promote fellowship and discussion among students interested in the Middle East.”

Richard Freed, a professor in the department of English and theatre and another faculty member involved in the group, also has a vision for the group. He hopes the group will be an “ongoing organization that will be a place for Jewish students to come occasionally, gather and get to know each other, and share their religious and cultural interests.”

Freed said although there are very few Jewish students and faculty on campus, “everybody is welcome, Jewish and non-Jewish.”

The Jewish-student group will hold an organizational meeting today at 3 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel in Powell Plaza. The group encourages all interested undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff to attend the meeting.

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