Every year since 1999, on a weekend during the first few weeks of school, more than 1,000 Washington University freshmen put on grungy t-shirts, slather themselves with sunscreen and board school buses bound for elementary schools around the St. Louis area. For several hours, they paint, refinish and clean the schools, beautifying them for the return of students.
Unable to get sufficient students to sign up for its Gateway STEM High School service project, Washington University decided to bribe volunteers with tickets to Friday’s opening plenary session for Clinton Global Initiative University. Not all students, though, said they knew about the incentive when they signed up.
A new Student Union initiative, Engage 360, aims to increase engagement between the St. Louis area and Washington University by developing long-term relationships with community leaders. The initiative hopes to partner community members, service organizations, students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Washington University senior Jacob Siegel first began studying aikido last October while abroad in Paris, he recognized in its pacifist philosophy a potential for social change.
Correction appended below. With the Jewish New Year only 16 days away, the staff at the St. Louis Hillel at Washington University, and involved students, are finalizing plans for High Holiday services with an additional focus in mind this time—the greater involvement of faculty in service events. As in the past, students will have the […]
Each year, the Community Service Office distributes grants to students to complete service projects of their choice. A total of $22,000 will be given out this year through two Stern Social Change Grants, one Kaldi’s Social Change Grant and one Gephardt Social Change Grant. This year, approximately 20 to 30 students applied for the four available grants, either individually or in groups.
University leaders like Stephanie Kurtzman, director of the Community Service Office (CSO), and junior Jeff Nelson, vice president of administration, are encouraging Washington University students to come together to aid Gustav recovery efforts much like they did after Katrina’s destructive impact.
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