star in Service
The Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs (OSLVP) initiated the Community Engagement Scholar position at WCU in 2015. The Scholar is a student who participated in a service learning course and embraced service learning. Alexa Fetter was nominated by Dr. Mary Beth Gilboy and selected by the OSLVP as a Community Engagement Scholar for the Spring 2017 semester. The position of the Community Engagement Scholar includes coordinating with non-profit agencies and volunteer programs within the Chester County community for student service learning projects and to work collaboratively with faculty to facilitate public service. CE Scholars have opportunities to practice communication, networking, organizational and leadership skills. They also attend workshops on resume writing, diversity training and emotional intelligence.
Alexa worked with Dr. Gilboy’s NTD 415 Community Nutrition class as a liaison between the nutrition students and various volunteer programs within the community, including the Chester County Food Bank and the Chester County Hospital. In addition, Alexa worked with students from the NTD 415 class to organize a campus wide food drive to benefit the Chester County Food Bank. The class run food drive eventually combined with the Campus Wide Food Drive to honor the Inauguration of Dr. Fiorentino as the University’s new President. Alexa helped to advertise, collect donations, and coordinate volunteers to help with the drive. All donations benefited the WCU Campus Food Pantry and the Chester County Food Bank. Over the first two weeks of the campus-wide food drive, 450 pounds of donated nonperishable foods have been collected.
Written by Tonya Haderthauer, Executive Editor