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, working with community partners, studying, and socializing, we help our students make the most of their time in Blacksburg and the New River Valley. 

In the classroom
Students 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. 

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. 

Students play BUILT, a community planning board game. BUILT was created by Michael Rohd and the Sojourn Theatre.

Studentsl learning principles of community engagement

Interactive, discussion-based courses

  • Students learn to critically reflect on and explore community engagement, leadership, service, and social change;
  • They build strong facilitation skills; and
  • They engage in thought-provoking activities like “BUILT”, a board game where teams design communities. BUILT was created by Michael Rohd and the Sojourn Theatre.
Students service & reflection

Service & reflection

  • Service trips and reflection sessions are planned each semester by our students.
  • Students have ample opportunities to explore issues they care about through service.
  • Students are challenged to examine preconceived ideas about issues they encounter, motivations for service, and privilege.

Freshmen SERVE students pose for a photo while eating, Feb. 4, 2017.

Community traditions

Weekly & monthly community traditions

  • Wednesday community meals include current residents and older students who no longer live on the hall.
  • On Thursdays, students play Wallyball. 
  • Five student committees:  SERVE Serves, Peer Mentors, Social, Recruit&SERVE, and Alumni Connection.
Students bonding at the end of the year

Bookending the year with bonding & celebration

  • At the annual fall retreat, new residents and returning students learn about SERVE, one another, and what the year has in store for them.
  • Each spring, Family Day invites our students, 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. Learn more about our students by reading all about our 2017-18 SERVE class..

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

SERVE Student Anna Christovich

Anna Christovich
General Engineering major from Powhatan, Virginia

SERVE Student Anthony Schaub

Anthony Schaub
University Studies major from Whitehouse, New Jersey

Ben Batman, SERVE class 2017-18

Ben Batman
General Engineering major from Lynchburg, Virginia

SERVE Student Catherine Watling

Catherine Watling
International Relations major from Glen Allen, Virginia

SERVE Student Christian Brown

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

SERVE Student Christopher Parrish

Christopher Parrish
General Engineering major from Rockville, Maryland

SERVE Student Daya Jessee

Daya Jessee
major from Mount Airy, Maryland

SERVE Student Dhanya Babu

Dhanya Babu
Human Development major from Charlottesville, Virginia

SERVE Studen Emily Shorb

Emily Shorb
Biology major from Germantown, Maryland

SERVE Student Emma Potter

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

SERVE Student Erin Wachter

Erin Wachter
Natural Resource Conservation major from Goochland, Virginia

SERVE Student Faith Ludwig

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

SERVE Student Hannah Craft

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

SERVE Student Jackson Pugh

Jackson Pugh
Multimedia Journalism major from Flint, Michigan

SERVE Student Janelle DeFreitas

Jãnell DeFreitas
Architecture major from Virginia Beach, Virginia

SERVE Student Johanna Heller

Johanna Heller
Animal & Poultry Science major from Lynchburg Virginia

SERVE Student Joshua Molina

Joshua Molina
General Engineering major from Fort Mill, South Carolina

SERVE Student Kennedy Schultz

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

SERVE Student Kristopher Holland

Kristopher Holland
General Engineering major from Ladsmith, Virginia

SERVE Student Maggie Hwang

Maggie Hwang
Business major from Ashburn, Virginia

SERVE Student Meena Kannan

Meena Kannan
Psychology major from Bethesda, Maryland

SERVE Student Morgan Edmond

Morgan Edmond
Human Development major from Ashburn, Virginia

SERVE Student Pranav Dhakal

Pranav Dhakal
General Engineering major from Fairfax, Virginia

SERVE Student Rachel McNeal

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

SERVE Student Sagar Chinnappala

Sagar Chinnappala
General Engineering
major from Long Island, New York

SERVE Student Sarah Bogart

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

Thomas Lasdin

Thomas Lasdin
General Engineering major from North Reading, Massachusetts

SERVE Student Xavier Oman

Xavier Oman
Creative Writing
major from Newport News, Virginia

SERVE Student Yiming Luo

Yiming Luo
General Engineering
major from Ningbo, China

SERVE Student Evan Gu

Evan Gu
General Engineering major from Shanghai, China

Catherine Cotrupi, Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Greetings from SERVE director

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.

Catherine Cotrupi
SERVE Director