BU graduate helps to promote university volunteerism

For immediate release: Oct. 1, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Recent Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania graduate Tarah Henrie of Berwick believes the opportunities available through the university’s SOLVE office can “add to education beyond the classroom.”

SOLVE, an acronym for Students Organized to Learn through Volunteerism and Employment, exists to promote education through community service, both on and off campus.

As BU’s civic engagement coordinator, Henrie, who is simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree at BU, believes SOLVE is a “great way to promote BU.” Her duties include helping to organize and promote SOLVE events.

“SOLVE tries to encourage students to get involved,” said Henrie. “We do have excellent students and this is a good way for them to leave a positive impact on the community.”

There are numerous opportunities for a student to become involved in the community through SOLVE. Possibilities include volunteering for Empty Bowls, a hunger awareness event that benefits the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard; the Animal Resource Center and the SPCA; the Giving Tree, which provides holiday gifts to more than 300 underprivileged youth and adults in the area; and the Students Helping Adolescents Reach Excellence (SHARE) tutoring program. Through the SHARE program, BU students help instruct local elementary and middle school students.

At the moment, SOLVE is promoting voter registration, Homeless Awareness Week in November and the “green” initiative on campus, a program to raise awareness of environmental issues. Postings are also available through SOLVE for on- and off-campus jobs.

Another service offered is a co-curricular transcript. This allows a student to fill out a form with the community service, employment and research which he or she has completed. The SOLVE office then reproduces a list on university
letterhead that can be sent to potential employers. Henrie believes “this is a good way to build a résumé.”

Henrie, who is pursuing a master’s degree in elementary school counseling, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from BU last spring and is a 2004 graduate of Central Columbia High School, Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.