Living and learning through service

SERVE is open to all students who are curious about service and community engagement. SERVE students major in a range of disciplines and come from a variety of backgrounds, united by a passion for exploring what VT’s motto ‘Ut Prosim’ (That I May Serve) means to them.

Students new to SERVE live together in Pritchard Hall, creating a tight-knit community within VT’s largest residence hall that quickly becomes their home away from home. Through service, living and learning together, and having fun, our students make the most of their time as Hokies. 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. 

Faculty from the VT Engage office coordinate the program. Our partners include: Housing and Residence Life, ePortfolio Initiatives, the School of Public and International Affairs, the Human Development department, and Sociology department.

In the classroom

Sudents new to the SERVE community are required to take our introductory courses in the fall and spring semesters.  These courses are three-credit, graded academic classes that use service-learning, discussion, and reflection to explore community development, social change, and leadership theories.    

Interested in joining SERVE for the 2018-19 year? Apply by December 8!

We welcome current students interested in living on campus next year, as well as those who will be joining VT as first year or transfer students. Read our brochure to learn more about our community. 

Current students: want to join us? Apply here by December 8!

Incoming first year students or transfer students: email SERVE director Catherine Cotrupi at cotrupi@vt.edu for more information.

Campus & Pritchard Hall tours

Want a tour the next time you are on campus? We are happy to arrange a tour of Pritchard and campus for you. 

Catherine Cotrupi, Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Greetings from SERVE director, Catherine Cotrupi

Welcome! If you're looking for a place to call home at Virginia Tech, you've found it in SERVE.  We have a lot of fun in class, out in the community, and on the hall. SERVE helps a big place like VT feel small. As you make your decision on where to live on campus this coming year, please feel free to reach out to me any time with questions. I'm happy to talk with you anytime, connect you with current or past SERVErs, and give you a tour of Pritchard next time you're in town. 

Catherine, SERVE Director  (540-231-9186, cotrupi@vt.edu)


What makes SERVE special?

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and majors, united by their passion for service and interest in social issues. They form tight bonds by living on the SERVE hall in Pritchard, taking introductory SERVE courses, serving in the community, and having fun - together. Here are some of the ways they’ve helped make SERVE home:

Studentsl learning principles of community engagement

Learning principles of community engagement

  • In our interactive, discussion-based classes, SERVErs learn to critically reflect on and explore leadership, service, and social change.
  • Engaging thought-provoking activities like “BUILT”, a board game where teams design communities, making decisions that impact the community.
  • Students build strong servant leadership and facilitation skills in class that make them more effective at working with communities.

Students service & reflection

Service & reflection: putting ideas into action

  • Service trips and reflection sessions are planned each semester by SERVE students, for SERVE students.
  • SERVErs have ample opportunities to explore the social issues they care about through a variety of experiences.
  • SERVErs are challenged to examine preconceived ideas about issues they encounter, motivations for service, and privilege.

Community traditions

Weekly & monthly community traditions

  • Wednesday community meals in the Pritchen include current residents and older SERVErs who no longer live on the hall.
  • On Thursdays, SERVErs come together to play Wallyball. It’s a favorite SERVE tradition for new and old SERVErs.
  • We have six active student committees that work hard to keep current and former members of our LLC engaged with one another:  SERVE Serves, Peer Mentors, Keystone, Social, Recruit&SERVE, and Alumni Connection.

Students bonding at the end of the year

Bookending the year with bonding & celebration

  • At the annual SERVE fall retreat, new residents and returning SERVErs get together to learn about SERVE, each other, and what the year has in store for them.
  • Family Day each spring invites SERVErs, their families, and friends to serve in the community and celebrate the year.

Meet our students

SERVE students major in a range of disciplines, and come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Want to learn more about our students? Read all about our 2017-18 SERVE class below, and check out their ePortfolios to get a sense of what they are all about. You'll find even more students by reading about our 2016-17 and 2015-16 classes!

SERVE Student Allison DeSantis

Allison DeSantis
Business Information Technology major from Loudin County, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Anna Christovich

Anna Christovich
General Engineering major from Powhatan, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Anthony Schaub

Anthony Schaub
University Studies major from Whitehouse, New Jersey
ePortfolio

Ben Batman, SERVE class 2017-18

Ben Batman
General Engineering major from Lynchburg, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Catherine Watling

Catherine Watling
International Relations major from Glen Allen, Virginia
ePortfolio   

SERVE Student Christian Brown

Christian Brown
Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise major from Virginia Beach, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Christopher Parrish

Christopher Parrish
General Engineering major from Rockville, Maryland
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Daya Jessee

Daya Jessee
Marketing
major from Mount Airy, Maryland
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Dhanya Babu

Dhanya Babu
Human Development major from Charlottesville, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Studen Emily Shorb

Emily Shorb
Biology major from Germantown, Maryland
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Emma Potter

Emma Potter
Environmental Policy & Planning major from Virginia Beach, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Erin Wachter

Erin Wachter
Natural Resource Conservation major from Goochland, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Faith Ludwig

Faith Ludwig
Animal & Poultry Science
major from Page County, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Hannah Craft

Hannah Craft
Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise major from Henrico, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Jackson Pugh

Jackson Pugh
Multimedia Journalism major from Flint, Michigan
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Janelle DeFreitas

Jãnell DeFreitas
Architecture major from Virginia Beach, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Johanna Heller

Johanna Heller
Animal & Poultry Science major from Lynchburg Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Joshua Molina

Joshua Molina
General Engineering major from For Mill, South Carolina
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Kennedy Schultz

Kennedy Schultz
National Security & Foreign Affairs major from Lynchburg, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Kristopher Holland

Kristopher Holland
General Engineering major from Ladsmith, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Maggie Hwang

Maggie Hwang
Business major from Ashburn, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Meena Kannan

Meena Kannan
Psychology major from Bethesda, Maryland
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Morgan Edmond

Morgan Edmond
Human Development major from Ashburn, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Pranav Dhakal

Pranav Dhakal
General Engineering major from Fairfax, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Rachel McNeal

Rachel McNeal
Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise and Psychology major from Richmond, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Sagar Chinnappala

Sagar Chinnappala
General Engineering
major from Long Island, New York
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Sarah Bogart

Sarah Bogart
Systems Biology & Microbiology major from Virginia Beach, Virginia
ePortfolio

Thomas Lasdin

Thomas Lasdin
General Engineering major from North Reading, Massachusetts
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Xavier Oman

Xavier Oman
Creative Writing
major from Newport News, Virginia
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Yiming Luo

Yiming Luo
General Engineering
major from Ningbo, China
ePortfolio

SERVE Student Evan Gu

Evan Gu
General Engineering major from Shanghai, China
ePortfolio