Today's Update: Monday, May 4

May 4, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

Last week I mentioned the incredible resourcefulness of the Student Life team in adapting to our COVID reality. I have another example today: Buck-I-SERV and the way they are staying connected with the communities and students they serve.  

Buck-I-SERV is Student Life’s alternative break program that offers service trips for students around the nation and globe. Today would have kicked off the 17th annual Buck-I-SERV summer trip week, and although the actual trips have been cancelled, COVID-19 isn’t stopping the program from keeping students and communities engaged worldwide. As Senior Coordinator Rebecca Delo puts it, “The Buck-I-SERV motto is Travel, Learn, Serve. While we can’t travel right now, we CAN still learn and serve!”  

The Buck-I-SERV team invited the summer 2020 participants to hear from some of the community partners they would have visited. The idea took hold, and now has expanded to a webinar series that includes past participants and other program partners. You can join in by going to go.osu.edu/buckiservwebinars. The webinars will be moderated by Buck-I-SERV Coordinator, Connor Jones. 

The webinar series features panels of community partners sharing their stories. Many of the service sites are facing tough and uncertain times, especially now. Even if our students can’t go in person, hearing those stories creates a powerful social change connection.  

They are going to highlight some of the partners and their stories, as well as memories of last year’s trip experiences, on social media. You can add @buckiserv to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed to follow along, and, if you advised a trip, send stories and pictures to buck-i-serv@osu.edu.  

The greatest success of Buck-I-SERV is that the alternative break service trips allow active citizen students to connect and serve, directly and personally, with people and communities. It gives them great insight in the lives of others, and sets them on a path to use their time, treasure and talent to make our world a better place. I am so pleased that this mission can continue this summer, even virtually. 

It’s Scarlet and Great!
Melissa