Center for Leadership and Service News

Contribute to Relief Efforts in South Carolina

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In response to the recent events that have devastated friends and loved ones in South Carolina, the university is collecting monetary donations and needed goods to support the relief efforts in Columbia, South Carolina. While the worst of the flooding has ended, the residents have begun the long process of cleaning up and rebuilding their communities. In the Volunteer spirit, the university is asking the campus community to help.

Ninety-Eight Students Travel to Seven Cities for Alternative Fall Break

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Ninety-eight students will spend their fall break helping the impoverished, feeding the hungry, and assisting people with disabilities. Alternative Fall Break trips, coordinated through the Center for Leadership and Service, help fulfill the center’s mission to educate and engage all students to lead and serve in the global community.

UT Offers More Opportunities for Students to Give Back

Sustainability Day of Service

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.

Leadership Studies Minor to Be Offered Beginning Fall 2015

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.

Graduate’s Leadership Curriculum to be Taught in Elementary Schools

Katherine Waxstein with Pond Gap student Samari Tyler.

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.

Staff Recognized for Service at Annual Honors Banquet


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.

Big Idea: Commencement Service Medallion

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.