A Commitment to Service at LSU

Josh Dean

Meet Josh Dean, Assistant Director of Campus Life—Service Programs. Josh is a community activist, travel enthusiast and reader of good books, here to tell you about some of our service initiatives here at LSU.

If you have ever wondered what life as an LSU Tiger might be like, visit campus in April.  The short amount of time between Spring Break and Spring Commencement showcases some of the best of what LSU has to offer.  Between the studying for finals and the end of the year ceremonies and receptions, campus is alive with concerts and stress relieving activities.  And leave it to LSU students to also use this time to serve the community.

The week of April 21 to 27, 2013 marks the Points of Light’s annual National Volunteer Week.  It is during this week that students, staff, faculty and community members will come together to improve Baton Rouge.

Kicking off the week was this weekend’s inaugural Geaux BIG Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 20.  Over 850 volunteers worked at 35 locations around Baton Rouge with the single goal of uniting the community and campus through service.

Then heading into the week, students will be able to participate in several small scale service projects in Free Speech Alley.  These projects include: writing messages of hope for a at-risk youth; folding Origami Cranes for 1,000 Cranes of Hope; and bagging surplus sweet potatoes for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

On Friday, April 26, an anticipated 300 volunteers will help beautify campus and prepare the grounds for Commencement ceremonies in the 4th Annual Spring Greening Day.  This project is sponsored by LSU Campus Life and LSU Facility Services in support of the Green Tiger Project.

To say that campus is busy this time of the year would be an understatement.  But the height of activity shows that the LSU community is not only committed to academic excellence, but also to cultivating a spirit of service in all that pass through the gates.

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