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Center releases Stories of Engagement online


   

Stories of Engagement Cover of the third edition of Stories of Engagement

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 8, 2012 – Virginia Tech's Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships released Stories of Engagement on April 16 to celebrate and share engagement efforts happening throughout the Virginia Tech community.

The online journal highlights the powerful engagement work that Hokies around the world are completing. The Stories of Engagement journal is an annual publication that began in 2009 and features students, faculty, and alumni as they live out the university motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) through engagement, outreach, and service. The 2012 edition of Stories of Engagement is based online and includes multimedia components with the stories.

This year's publication shares stories of

  • Finding common good across the commonwealth, includes a spotlight on engaged student Justin Graves of Fredericksburg, Va., and a senior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Graves reflects on what it means to him to be a Hokie;
  • Extending outreach across the world highlights reflections and experiences in Malawi from Students Helping Honduras and Virginia Tech faculty member Patricia Kelly of Blacksburg, Va., professor emerita of teaching and learning.
  • Bringing the world home through service, featuring engineering service-learning students' engagement efforts with refugees and a story on the experience refugees in Roanoke face when becoming citizens.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Written by Kayla Hastrup.