The fall “Meet the Mission,” a special effort to get University of the Incarnate Word students to do community service hours needed for graduation, is set Friday’s, Sept. 21, planners said.
Last year’s mission “had arguably the largest turnout in the six-year history of this university-wide day of community service,” according to a joint statement from Dr. Chris Edelman, an assistant professor of philosophy, and Dr. Michael Frye, an assistant professor in engineering management.
The 2011 effort had 180 students completing 1,080 hours of community service hours in such activities as preparing meals, serving food, engaging children, handicapped people, and addressing needs at battered women’s shelters and recovery homes. In addition, 26 faculty team leaders provided 156 hours. A faculty event organizer put in 10 hours the day of the event.
And that’s not counting many hours of frequent meetings, administrative work and agency-related activities that take place year-round, the professors said.
Nearly 20 community service agencies are anticipated to participate in the fall mission.
“Because of this breadth of service, (Meet the Mission) continues to embody the spirit of service that is foundational to this university and its stated mission,” they said. “Student involvement in service leads to a greater understanding of the UIW mission.”