Students, community benefit from service learning

Posted 11-16-2012 by Barrie Hill

The Department of Communication has a long history of giving back to the community. Students gain hands-on experiene while making meaningful contributions through several service leaning projects each semester.


Students in Suzy Nead’s fall Group Communication 2304 class are assisting several local non-profit groups and organizations as part of the courses’ service learning projects.


This semester the student teams’ efforts will benefit Ronald McDonald House, Wound Warriors, Mission Arlington, Boy's and Girl's Club, Child Abuse Awareness and The Salvation Army of Fort Worth.


Students in Shelley Wigley’s Public Relations Campaigns class are working with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County this semester.


“Groups of students have been holding events to increase awareness, donations and volunteers for the organization,” Dr. Wigley explained.


The events will help the area non-profit while providing UTA students with real-world public relations experience.


On Oct. 25, students held an on-campus awareness event that raised more than $120 for MOW and recruited dozens of potential volunteers. Another student group is holding a Mavstir Bake-Off competition which will feature members of UTA student organizations competing in a bake-off challenge to create a new dessert for MOW clients.


Another team is holding an on-campus event for Arlington community leaders on Nov. 28 to educate them about MOW and its impact on the citizens of Arlington. The public is also invited to attend. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Rio Grande Ballroom, 300 W. First Street. RSVP to Sir Jones at