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Ut Prosim Month highlights community service


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 4, 2011 – April – a month dedicated to service and action at Virginia Tech – reflects the university’s motto:  Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Ut Prosim Month activities include speeches on nonviolent protest, a mass volunteer project, and a student showcase devoted to service learning.

All events are free and open to the public. Highlights include:

Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.: Keynote speaker Claiborne Carson, founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. The presentation, “From Gandhi to Dr. King to Virginia Tech: The Global Legacy of Martin Luther King in the 21st Century” will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom at Squires Student Center with a reception to follow at the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson-Brown. 

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Graduate School; Multicultural Programs and Services; Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships; Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention; School of Public and International Affairs; the departments of history, religion and culture, political science, philosophy, and Africana studies; the Black Graduate Student Organization; and Students for Nonviolence.

Saturday, April 9, all day: The Big Event invites students to say “thank you” to the community through volunteerism. As part of this day, the university community is invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Child Care Facelift in which volunteers make improvements and repairs to child care centers across the New River Valley. 

In January, more than 200 people painted, cleaned, and helped with maintenance projects at 20 different centers as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. To volunteer for the spring event, email the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships or call (540) 231-0485.

Wednesday, April 20, 3 to 5 p.m.: The Engagement Showcase will feature student displays highlighting service learning and volunteer projects completed throughout the academic year. The event will be in the Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room. Light refreshments will be served. Students who wish to participate should contact Michele James-Deramo.   

“We encourage everyone to dedicate April to service,” said Jim Dubinsky, director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships. “We’re excited about the month’s activities because it is a chance for Virginia Tech students live the university motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).”

For a list of all service events throughout April see the Ut Prosim calendar located on the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships website.