Aug 16, 2011

CNU's Fourth Annual Day of Service

(Newport News, VA) -  More than 420 Christopher Newport University freshmen, faculty and staff will partner with 43 agencies to volunteer their time on Thursday, August 18, 2011, for CNU’s Fourth Annual Day of Service. This year, faculty and students will focus primarily on environmental projects and relationship building with Newport News Public Schools, Newport News Parks & Recreation, the Newport News Green Foundation and numerous local nonprofit organizations.

Organized by CNU’s Center for Community Engagement, the Day of Service represents the first step in a four-year commitment by CNU students to volunteer throughout their college years.

Incoming CNU students from the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) will work side-by-side from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with professors to complete tasks requested by local organizations and schools. “We really ought to call this the ‘First Day of Service’ every year,” notes Brad Brewer, assistant director of the center. “We encourage our students to do some exploring their freshman year but then to make long-term service commitments to an organization, school or specific population. This ‘first day’ introduces students to the many opportunities they have to become involved in meaningful community-building efforts throughout their years at CNU, and beyond.”

The 2011 Day of Service is co-sponsored through the generous support of Ferguson Enterprises, 1st Advantage Credit Union, Virginia Educators Credit Union and Printing Wright.

For more information about the CNU Center for Community Engagement, please visit, or contact Brad Brewer at (757) 594-7233 or

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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Lori Jacobs
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