Posted January 14, 2011 by Beth Goad 

Serving Your Campus Community

This month, we received new podiums in the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC) with the updated university seal on them.They read: “Bridgewater State University, Not to be Ministered Unto, but to Minister.” The quote is displayed throughout campus and speaks to the school’s history, as a nonreligious institution established in 1840 as a Normal School to train teachers in the region.Today, Bridgewater State University (BSU) embraces service as the Community Service Center provides many opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to serve throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

ServiceHow does your campus community celebrate service? With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day around the corner, the opportunity to serve may be at the forefront of your mind—or it may not. It’s a busy time of year. Students are likely returning to campus, and there’s often a lot to do for their return.

On Monday, the BSU Community Service Center will host its 24th Annual MLK Day of Service in the RCC. As students come back to campus this weekend, they will be reminded by their RAs they can serve the community of Southeastern Massachusetts by attending the annual day of service where they can choose from making blankets for the elderly, designing activity books with a black history theme for young children in local hospitals, assembling "goodie" boxes for our troops, or packing brown bag lunches for a local soup kitchen. 

 The RCC staff also makes an effort to provide community service opportunities for our student employees. As part of their leadership program, they participated in an on-site service project in December; and last year, we took a group to serve for an afternoon at a local nonprofit that provides clothing and toys to families, called Cradles to Crayons. We’re still looking for new ways to promote service among student employees.  

As the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. claimed in his sermon The Drum Major Instinct, Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. ... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.  

While, we’re obviously not in the business of telling students they don’t need to be at college, there’s truth in Dr. King’s words. Anyone can serve.

How will you serve your campus community this month? 

Beth Goad

Beth Goad is the Associate Director, New Student & Family Programs at Bridgewater State University.

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