A growing list of volunteer opportunities will provide UT students with more ways to make a difference in the local community and the world. This year, the Center for Leadership and Service will offer monthly themed days of service.
Center for Leadership and Service News
An Alternative Break trip three years ago motivated one graduating senior to establish an organization that helps feed the hungry with food recovered from events and dining establishments at UT.
Seventy UT students will put their Volunteer spirit to work next week helping the disabled, youth, and senior citizens in five communities during UT’s Alternative Break program.
Employers place a high value on collegiate leadership experience transferring to the workforce—and UT is helping students develop and hone these skills through the new leadership studies minor to be offered starting this fall.
Four students will be spending the spring semester working in Tennessee congressional offices as part of UT’s Congressional Internship Program.
When Katherine Waxstein graduates this week, she’ll leave behind some work for others to do. As part of a volunteer project, Waxstein developed a leadership program for elementary school students that’s been so successful it has been turned into a university course that will be taught in the fall. Waxstein has completed a double major in child and family studies and psychology.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Sally Parish, director of the Center for Leadership and Service; Rita Smith, executive associate dean of UT Libraries; and Melody Branch, business manager for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, were recognized for their service to the university.
The Center for Leadership and Service has a big idea for recognizing UT graduates for their community service: the Service Medallion. The center was created in 2012 in response to student feedback calling for an increased focus on the values and practice of leadership and service. Students can use the center to help them find service opportunities in the community and to log their service hours. Students who perform 100 or more hours of community service earn a medallion to wear at commencement.
It’s been twenty years since Volunteers began serving others during spring break. A team of students and supervisors is heading back to Miami this weekend—where it all began—as well as to Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, DC, to continue the twenty-year tradition of Tennessee Volunteers volunteering during their spring break. Students from the colleges of law and nursing, and from the campus’s Habitat for Humanity chapter area also getting involved.
About 500 UT students will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19 by attending a leadership conference and working on service projects around the Knoxville community. Two UT traditions—the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service—have merged this year. The event kicks off in the University Center and will last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.