Where? Christopher Newport University
When? March 28-29
Theme? Hunger and Housing

*Quick info about our Host School:

Christopher Newport University is a young public institution in Newport News, Virginia with a commitment to the principles of liberal learning and a dedication to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. That dedication has earned CNU a spot in U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges guide as the No. 6 Up-and-Coming School in the South. With a student population of 5,000 the atmosphere of CNU can be seen as quite similar to the University of Richmond. The Bonner Scholars Program is fairly new to CNU (inaugural year: 2011), the average CNU Bonner class holds about 10 students, and CNU Bonners are members for 4 years.

*Focus of the Exchange:

The goal of this year’s Bonner exchange is to explore how the issue of hunger and housing affects each of our respective communities and areas of service. To prepare for our time at CNU we would like you to start thinking about the ways in which these issues directly or indirectly affect the folks that you serve each week and the City of Richmond as a whole.


The CNU Bonner leadership team has taken the liberty of creating a Twitter handle for the VA Bonner Network (@vabonner) and wants to invite y’all to use #vabonnerexchange before, during and after the exchange. This could really be a cool way to get connected throughout the exchange so we encourage you to check out the twitter handle and use the hashtag as you wish.

Be on the lookout for more information coming your way in the coming week! But, until then get excited to meet and get to know your fellow VA Bonners! We are thankful that each one of you has decided to participate in this trip and are excited to share this experience with all of you folks.

Bonner Love,

Catherine & Jess

–>UPDATE! <–

Hey y’all,
Here is the itinerary and packing list for the Bonner Exchange next weekend! The bulk of scheduled events for Friday and Saturday were pre-planned by the CNU Bonner leadership team so keep that in mind if you get a bit confused about what we are doing. The only thing that we ask you folks to do to prepare for our trip is start thinking about the question of housing and hunger within the context of your service in the City of Richmond.  That being said, please peruse the information below and get excited about the exchange!!


Friday March 28, 2014

3:30pm- All trip participants arrive at the transportation hub.

4:00pm- Bonners leave RVA for CNU.

6:30pm- Arrive in Newport News drive to restaurant.

6:45-7:50/8:00pm- Eat dinner (Moe’s)

8:00pm- Arrive at CNU for check in

8:00 Welcome and Mixers

8:30 Vision, Purpose, and Theme

9:30 Food and Small Group Discussions

10:15 Choose Your Adventure:

• Screening of “A Place at the Table”

• Talent Show in the Crow’s Nest (Poetry, Spoken Word, Music)

12:00 Back in Rooms for night


Saturday, March 29th

8:00am Coffee Available in Luter Hall

8:30 Light Breakfast

9:00 Context of Poverty Alleviation Efforts in Newport News

• Relief, Rehabilitation, or Development?

• Poverty as Broken Relationship

• Bonner as opportunity to enter circles of friendship

9:45 Break

10:00 Panel with Community Partners

10:30 Van Tours of Key Newport News Sites

11:30 How I See Hunger

• Part 1 (15 minutes) Discuss the ways hunger/poverty impacts your specific service site/population; report out.

• Part 2 (15 minutes) Discuss ways we can strengthen our sites and populations by awareness and advocacy

12:00pm Lunch

12:30 Wrap-up and Reflection

1:00 Depart

3:00 Arrive in RVA


*Packing List

(You will be staying in the residence halls with CNU Bonners)

-Sleeping Bag


-General Toiletries

-Casual clothes for Friday

-“Smart Casual” clothes for Saturday (i.e. khakis/dress pants and a collared shirts for guys and dress pants/skirt/dress and nice top for girls)

We won’t be doing anything too physically demanding so you won’t need to worry about packing anything special in that regard. Just think about what you would need for an overnight visit somewhere and pack accordingly. The items listed on this list are necessary, especially the clothing specification for Saturday.


Bonner Love,

Catherine & Jess