Living and learning through service
Launched in 2009, SERVE’s mission is to create a nurturing community that fosters personal growth and civic responsibility. We embrace VT’s motto ‘Ut Prosim’ (That I May Serve) through community engagement.
All students new to our community live together in Pritchard Hall, creating a tight-knit community within VT’s largest residence hall. Currently, there are 28 first-year students in SERVE.
Living with service-oriented peers, mentors, and designated Resident Advisors allows our students to build relationships with one another outside class.
Through service, working with community partners, studying, and socializing, we help our students make the most of their time in Blacksburg and the New River Valley. Throughout the evolution of the program, SERVE students have been key in taking leadership roles and creating deeper opportunities for Virginia Tech students to be involved in service.
Faculty from the VT Engage office coordinate the program, but it is a partnership between the Division of Student Affairs Department of Housing and Residence Life, ePortfolio Initiatives, and the Department of Agricultural Extension Education.
Want to join us for the 2016-17 year?
You’re invited to live on our floor in Pritchard Hall for the 2016-17 year! All first year students are welcome to apply. Learn more about living learning communities and apply to become a member of SERVE today! Applications are due July 15.
Non-first years are welcome to apply to live on the hall if they have a current housing contract.
If you are a returning upperclass student interested in SERVE but you don’t have a housing contract, there are other ways to be involved with SERVE. Contact Catherine Cotrupi for more information.
In fall 2012, SERVE received two prestigious national awards. The Bronze Certificate from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), is an excellence award based on whether the applicant program demonstrates having a positive influence on student education.
Other credentials for the award are whether the program exhibits creativity and originality, supports the university’s mission, works with other departments, and shows sustainability.
In addition to NASPA’s excellence award, SERVE received the Best Practices Award from the Dalton Institute. The Best Practices Award is given to a program that best develops student values, integrity-based learning, and civic education.
Meet our first year students
|Anna Bossa||Cameron Chamber
|Cat Piper||Darby Logan||Erica Nagotko||Harley Curran|
|Hollis Hatfield||Howard Harris||Isabella Hardy||Jillian Wise|
|Jordan Schoeneberger||JD Lamb||Kara Hall||Kenny Corbett|
|Lisa Lane||Lydia Vaccare||Madeline Dowd||Mackenzie Lewis|
|Maureen Besade||Nicole Verdin||Nivedha Balan||Olivia Hsu|
|Sarah Clark||Shannon Davis||Shannon Keye||Tori Smith|