Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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Virginia Tech
PAE-22: Community Service Participation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.40 / 6.00 Gary Kirk
VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative
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Virginia Tech's motto is "Ut Prosim," That I May Serve. Service is a huge part of student life at Virginia Tech, and students participate in community service in hugely diverse ways.

The Big Event: A national day of service throughout local communities. Virginia Tech boasts the largest Big Event participation in the US. In 2013, 7806 students participated.

Relay for Life: Another national community service event to raise awareness for cancer research. In 2013, 5540 students participated.

Relay for Life Planning Team: For the entire school year leading up to the Relay event, a team of 120 students runs events, has planning meetings, and sets up on the day of.

Remember Serve Learn (RSL): Remember-Serve-Learn (RSL) is an effort to promote the National Day of Service on September 11 and the Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance on April 16. To honor these dates, we mobilize volunteers to pledge and serve 20 hours in the areas of emergency assistance or working with at-risk youth. Last year 3450 students pledged to serve.

Service Learning: Community learning, commonly known as “service learning”, includes a set of teaching and learning practices that incorporate work in and with publics beyond the university classroom as a critical means for achieving course objectives. Last year, 2600 students participated in service learning projects.

Greek Life: All Greek Life chapters complete philanthropy projects every year. There are 4000 students who participate in Greek Life at VT.

Greeks Giving Back: Greeks Giving Back is a student-run organization that seeks to actively promote unity between the Blacksburg Community and Greek Life at Virginia Tech through a day of service. This event is the largest of its kind along the East Coast, having over 900 participants this past fall.

YMCA at Virginia Tech: The YMCA works to build leaders in Virginia Tech students, offering over 11 programs in which they can participate and gain valuable experience while contributing to their community. Last year, 1500 students volunteered with the Y.

Corps of Cadets: The mission of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is to graduate leaders of exemplary character who are instilled with the values and skills essential for leadership success in service to the nation. Last year there were 1000 cadets.

VT Engage: VT Engage seeks to inspire more thoughtful, active citizens by fostering community-university partnerships that improve the quality of life for people within our community. Last year, 370 students volunteered on VT Engage projects.

SERVE: The Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences Living Learning Community (SERVE LLC) was launched in the 2009-2010 academic year with a mission of creating a nurturing living-learning community that fosters personal growth and civic responsibility. There are currently 48 students in this community.

Virginia Tech Volunteer Rescue Squad: This group of volunteer students respond to 911 calls made from campus and the nearby areas. They are EMT trained and are the first responders to emergency situations on campus. There are 45 active students on the squad.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO): Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service organization founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. Last year there were 120 registered members.

Chi Delta Alpha (XDA): Chi Delta Alpha is Virginia Tech's only all-female service organization open to all women on campus. The sorority contributes to the New River Valley through numerous service efforts. Last year there were 74 registered members.

Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEP): The mission of this service fraternity is to promote an atmosphere of health and well being through service, leadership, and example. Last year, the group had 8 registered members.

Alpha Omega Kappa (AOK): We aim to help the community and participate in various philanthropies. Last year there were 14 registered students.

Alpha Sigma Phi: (ASP): To Better the Man, through the creation and perpetuation of brotherhood founded upon the values of character… Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor, Patriotism. Last year there were 28 students involved.

Delta Chi Gamma: Delta Chi Gamma is an Honor Sorority founded at Virginia Tech in Spring 2014. Delta Chi Gamma is based on Service and Scholarship. Last year there were 11 students in this group.

Delta Psi Nu (Dynasty): Delta Psi Nu is a local co-ed fraternity for undergraduate students founded in 2011 to inspire leadership within its brothers and contribute to the local community. Last year there were 74 students registered.

Sigma Alpha Lambda (SAL): SAL works to promote academic excellence, provide a harmonious work environment that fosters close relationships, and engage students in meaningful service projects. There were 150 students in the group last year.

Sigma Alpha: Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members.

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