Community Engagement Day 2015
The 4th Annual Community Engagement Day celebrates the strong bond between the University of Utah and the community that gives it home.
Get involved! Connect with your community through a variety of constructive projects and initiatives on April 29, 2015, and take that spirit of selfless service with you throughout the year.
For any questions about projects please contact:
Co-Chair, Community Engagement Day
Co-Chair, Community Engagement Day
Day of questions: Call Bennion Center 801-581-4811
9:30-10:15 a.m. Assembly
10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Department Presentations for 6th Grade Students
U of U Campus
Community Engagement Day kicks off with a welcome gathering at Kingsbury Hall for 6th graders from twelve Title I elementary schools in the SLC School District. This fun event will feature the university president, Utah dancers, the school mascot SWOOP, musical performers, coaches, and student athletes. Students will be welcomed by over 200 college student volunteers who will mentor students as they attend a variety of presentations on campus in many departments including:
College of Architecture + Planning
College of Engineering
College of Education
College of Social and Behavioral Science
College of Nursing
School of Medicine
School of Business
College of Fine Arts
School of Music
Administration: Engagement Walk-A-Thon
Participants can complete the online registration process by donating HERE.
Contact: Ann Holbrook (email@example.com)
Come and walk with former Utah Athletes!
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Campus Walking Route
With supervisor approval, University employees may choose to take an hour away from the office, donating one hour of their salary to walk for a community cause. Students and other members of the campus community also are encouraged to make a small donation and participate in the walk. Proceeds will go towards the Community Engagement Scholarship.
Find the closest checkpoint table to your work space. When you arrive, pick up a handy route card…and start walking!
Charlkboard Pledge: Put on by the Union Programming Council’s Community Service Board
Get inspired and join in the pledge to be more engaged in your community through service after joining your fellow community members in writing down your commitments on a giant chalkboard. With dozens of organizations from all over the community coming together to educate and provide volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, and families, volunteering in your community can become your new favorite hobby. There will also be a chalkboard for the kids of project youth to get them excited about getting involved and adding to their community. This will be taking place after the walk-a-thon in Union Plaza. What’s your chalkboard pledge?
Bennion Center: Service Corner
2:00-4:00 p.m., Bennion Center, Union Building, Rm. 101
Come to the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center to knit a hat for infants at Primary Children’s Hospital, assemble a literacy kit for Salt Lake City School District Title I classrooms, or write a letter to United States soldiers.
Contact: Bryce Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-585-8436
The College of Law: Immigration Q & A
5:30-7 p.m., Horizonte 1234 Main Street, 5th floor in the auditorium
The College of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative is offering a free Q & A session about Immigration Law with our volunteer attorneys. The focus will be on recent changes within the law, citizenship, documentation status & visa issues. Come get your questions answered.
Contact: JoLynn Spruance, email@example.com 801-581-5418
Other Engagement Opportunities
Alternative Breaks: Staff Partner Info Session*
2:00-3:00 p.m., Union Building, Rm. 319
Are you passionate about civic engagement, social issues, and student mentoring? Join us to find out how the Alternative Breaks Program could be a great professional development opportunity that integrates student development and civic engagement! Mentor a student leader year-round as they put together a service trip and attend it with them on a Fall/Spring Break.
*for staff only
Contact: Kris Fenn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-587-9027
Red Butte Garden
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Natural Area (10- 40 volunteers)
Come enjoy the sunshine! Assist in the Natural Area pulling noxious weeds in Red Butte Canyon and along the road near Red Butte Garden.
Floral Walk/Rose Garden (10-15 volunteers)
Help make the garden beautiful by assisting our staff in spreading mulch in the along the Floral Walk and in the Rose Garden.
Arts & Advocacy Student Poster Presentations
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Marriott Center for Dance plaza
Are you interested in learning how to get involved with local community organizations? Artists and social activists have joined forces to become powerful teams for changing our world in this BlockU course taught by Teresa Molina, Professor/Lecturer in the College of Social Work and Professor Juan Carlos Claudio from the Modern Dance Department. The students are exploring the role and use of the arts in effective social, political, and environmental advocacy and will be sharing the findings from their involvement with local community partners: The Road Home’s Palmer Court, the UNP Hartland Partnership Center, Neighborhood House, and NAMI Utah.
Marriott Library: Hygiene Supplies and Baby Items for the Road Home
Marriott Library East and West Entrances
The Marriott Library is participating Community Engagement Day on April 29, 2015. This year we will collect personal hygiene supplies for the homeless. Collection boxes will be at the East and West entrances of the library from March 1 through April 29 when the packages will be assembled by library volunteers. Your participation is encouraged.
Suggested donations include the following items:
- Tooth brush
- Bar Soap
- Kleenex Travel Packs
- Hand Sanitizers
- Travel Combs
- New Socks
- Feminine hygiene products
Activities on Other Days
Staff Council: Shred Day
Wednesday, April 22
4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Rice-Eccles Stadium Parking Lot
The University of Utah Staff Council is offering a free Shred Day for staff, faculty, and students of the University campus as well as the community at-large. All are invited to bring personal documents to the south end of the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot to have them professionally shredded at no charge. The shredded material will then be recycled and proceeds will help fund staff scholarships at the University of Utah.
Contact: Jake O’Connor, email@example.com, 801-581-3111
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah Drive
Monday, April 20 - Wednesday, April 29
Annex Building, Room 1202
We will collect used clothing and household items beginning Monday, April 20. Community members are welcome to bring items to the Annex Building, Room 1202.
Honors Engaged Learning Summit
Thursday, April 23
5:30 – 7:00 p.m., location TBA