Students and Community Engagement
When data from student assessments conducted by Maucker Union revealed a desire for more opportunities to engage in community service and service learning activities, the Student Involvement Center of Maucker Union responded by facilitating the student-led Volunteer Tuesdays program. The Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley partnered in this endeavor, serving as the link to opportunities with community agencies. In its first year, 297 students participated in these weekly volunteer experiences in community agencies. Last year (the second year of the program), interest in this programming area continued to skyrocket! A total of 534 students participated in service activities, which expanded beyond Volunteer Tuesdays to include the annual Make A Difference Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service programs, and the new Stop ‘n Serve (quick, on-campus, one-shot service activities) program. The student coordinating team also did the groundwork for establishing an annual Spring Break Service Trip, which will launch for Spring Break, 2013. As of the writing of this report (early August, 2012) we are already having students sign up for the coming year’s activities before they even return to campus. The student community service and service learning program continues to receive much positive attention, and was highlighted by First Lady Michelle Obama in her Spring, 2011 Commencement Address.
Director, Maucker Union