Tuesday, December 16, 2008Service to others never goes out of style
JOHNSON CITY – President’s Pride, a student service/honorary organization unique to East Tennessee State University, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.
Since its inception in 1978, the students of President’s Pride have volunteered to assist their university without the incentive of scholarships or special recognition.
The group currently consists of 75 members, nominated by faculty, staff, and other members of the organization. During the most recent selection process, more than 100 students’ names were placed in nomination. Of those, some 60 were interviewed by a panel of members and staff, and half of those were invited to membership.
Among other activities during the current academic year, members assisted ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. at official functions, served in many capacities during the recent Tennessee Board of Regents meeting, and helped with the fall Alumni Golf Classic. They will assist the “Golden Fifties,” alumni from the class of 1959, don their gold caps and gowns for a photo session before the May graduation exercises, and they will scoop special desserts at an alumni ice cream social. Branching out into the community, members have also contributed a helping hand to “A Taste of Johnson City” and the American Heart Association.
Clad in navy blue polo shirts or, on formal occasions, navy sweater sets bearing the university logo for ladies and blue shirts with navy and gold neckties for men, the group brings together representatives of all class years and many majors. International scholars and non-traditional students are found in the ranks.
All President’s Pride members offer a unique blend of scholarship – a 3.0 grade point average is required – and dedication to service. They volunteer their scarce free moments to support their university, without pay, without special consideration, but with great satisfaction.
For further information about President’s Pride, contact Carol Fox, staff coordinator for the organization, at (423) 439-4317.