Tarleton’s first annual Day of Service
By Megan Andrews—
On Thursday, April 7, Tarleton State University will be hosting their first annual Service Day which has been added to Tarleton’s Service Week. Service Day will take place of regularly scheduled classes and will give Tarleton students the chance to participate in giving back to the community while also earning an Applied Learning Experiences (ALE) credit. All participating students registered in TexanSync will also receive a free Service Day shirt.
There will be a range of events for students to participate in, such as highway clean-up, where Texans will provide service to the Department of Public Transportation by assisting with cleaning a 2-mile strip of highway designated to Tarleton Professional Educators. Another option for students is to assist with a child and family studies service opportunity where they will provide service to children and staff at the Child Development Center at Tarleton’s main campus by participating in cleaning up around the center. Students will create and assemble garden boxes, pre-made meals and organizing and sanitizing toys and other materials. These are just a couple of examples out of the 85 service opportunities in which students can potentially participate.
Students can log onto TexanSync, search for the service day portal to see a complete list that describes possible service events. TexanSync describes the event by stating, “Tarleton’s Day of Service is an event that will now be held each semester for Tarleton faculty, staff and students to provide service to the local community. Tarleton Day of Service will provide opportunities for Tarleton Texans to engage in the community, address a community need, connect knowledge learned in the classroom to the service experience and enhance skills by serving the community.”
The idea of Service Day originated from the Deans of each college at Tarleton and the Provost, Dr. Karen R. Murray, as a way to align ALE and Tarleton’s core value of service with academic instruction.
“Tarleton takes pride in giving back to the community,” said President Dominic F. Dottavio in a press release, “encouraging students, faculty and staff to help make Stephenville and our outreach locations great places to live and learn. Service is one of the university’s core values and, this spring, we take that commitment to a new level with an entire week of activities.”
Dr. Denae Dorris, Director of Community Engagement at Tarleton, added, “It’s who we are as Texans and ensures we continue to confirm our legacy of service.”
“Service Day, along with Tarleton’s strong and longstanding commitment to community support, positions the university to achieve Carnegie Community Engagement Classification,” Dorris stated in a press release.
Dorris also said, “Service Day headquarters will be located in the (Thompson Student Center) lobby. Any students with questions can stop by or call (254) 968-9559 for assistance. Students should bring their Texan Card to Service Day as they will check-in/swipe in upon project arrival. Students should wear their Service Day shirts provided by project supervisors and check TexanSync for the latest project updates.”