About

Founded by students after Hurricane Katrina, and moved under the SLCE in 2010, the Maroon Volunteer Center (MVC) serves as a clearinghouse to match 7,000 volunteers with about 120 community partners and hundreds of service opportunities.

The MVC also directs facilities, programs, and activities that allow the MSU community to utilize its talents, skills, and resources in collaboration with our surrounding communities to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Signature MVC projects include: Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity (est. 2010), 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (est. 2011), Make a Difference Day (est. 2011), National Volunteer Week (est. 2011), MVC 16 member AmeriCorps VISTA Project (est. 2012), Community Work-Study Service Coordinator Program (est. 2012), Service DAWGS Day (est. 2009, rev. 2012) , MLK Day of Service (est. 2012), Bulldog Mentors (est. 2014), The President’s Interfaith Service Challenge (est. 2013), The Food Security Network (est. 2013), and The MSU Big Event (est. 2012, rev. 2015).

The MVC also assists with the facilitation of the following Community-Engaged Learning designated courses: HI 3343-C – Mississippi Delta Alternative Spring Break (est. 2012), and S0 4153-C – Mentoring At-Risk Youth (est. 2016).

Alexis Wallace

Alexis Wallace

Assistant Director, Student Leadership & Community Engagement

Email alexis@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone 662-325-0247

Alexis Wallace serves as the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE) which includes, the Maroon Volunteer Center. As Assistant Director, Alexis manages service, civic engagement, and community engagement initiatives at Mississippi State University. Under her guidance, the SLCE connects MSU students, faculty, and staff with community agencies and service opportunities within the local community and surrounding area. In addition, Alexis serves on the MSU Community Engagement Committee and is the Project Director for the Maroon Volunteer Center's 16-member AmeriCorps VISTA project. Alexis is a native of Mississippi, as she grew up in Winston County. She earned a B.S. in Psychology, and an M.S. Ed in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Mississippi State University. She is a member of ACPA and member of the Global Shapers Community. In her spare time, she enjoys lifting, hiking, Netflix, and mukbangs!

Jaycee Smith

Jaycee Smith

Graduate Service Assistant

Email js5286@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone (662) 325-1800

Jaycee is from Albia, IA. She chose to work with the Maroon Volunteer Center because she was excited to see how service could make a difference in students, staff, and community members lives. Service is a large component of MSU’s mission and it’s inspiring to see the work that is being done. Jaycee graduated from Iowa State University in December of 2018 with a degree in Event Planning. Shortly after, she moved to Starkville in pursuit of her master's degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Her graduate service assistantship focuses on the planning and development process for our Alternative Break Trips and various planning for our Service Days. Jaycee LOVES to hang out with her beagle, Ranger. Baking, reading (non-class items haha), and spending time with family are her favorite pass times.

Matthew Monroe

Matthew Monroe

Assistant Coordinator

Email mmonroe@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone 662-325-7639

Matt is a local native, as his hometown is Starkville, MS. Matt has his B.A. in History, minor in African American Studies from Mississippi State University and received his M.A. in United States History from University of Southern Mississippi. Matt feels that he was lucky enough that cosmic energies aligned at the exact right time for him to join this crew, while getting to spend each day utilizing his interests and career strengths for coordinating and supervising our AmeriCorps VISTA Project and facilitating Alternative Break Trips. His interests include, outdoor activities and reading cookbooks. By the way, Matt has lived, studied, and/or worked at “the big three” universities in Mississippi -- MSU, Southern Miss, and Ole Miss….and survived.

Matt. C.

Matthew Cockrell

VISTA Member

Email mcockrell@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone 662-325-1800

Matthew Cockrell is from Magee, MS and the MVC’s VISTA Project appealed to him as an opportunity to give back to his state and to meet others who share the same passion! Matt C. graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011 with a B.A. in Literature. He loves to play guitar, sing, and write stories.

William Hays

William Hays

Graduate Service Assistant

Email wjh241@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone 662-325-1821

William is from Lexington, KY. He chose to work at the MVC because he feels volunteering can open doors for students to experience things bigger than themselves, and by being able to facilitate and plan various volunteer opportunities for these students, he has the opportunity to play a role in improving not only the lives of MSU students, but also the lives of individuals in his community. Although, he currently attends MSU - he is a HUGE University of Kentucky sports fan. Go Big Blue!! William enjoys most forms of exercise, and playing disc golf.