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Seniors


Tatum Crampton

Year: Senior
Major: Health Services Administration
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Service Sites: Gabriel's Place, Evanston Academy, Friar's Club

"Arnold Schwarzenegger said, 'Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring into your own life.' This quote highlights what the true meaning of service is to me. Service not only helps underprivileged communities but also allows you to truly identify the needs of others that are not as fortunate as you. I feel it is my responsibility to help others that do not have the access to all the opportunities they deserve."


Rita Daniel

Year: Senior
Major: Political Science and International Studies
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Services Sites: Refugee Connect, Academy of World Languages Imagination Foundation, Gabriel's Place

"Mother Teresa said, 'Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.' Service comes in many ways but its only true when it comes from the heart. Like Mother Teresa said, it's in the small things we do with great love. Serving my community has taught me more than what I thought was possible. Devoting myself to service everyday gives me a meaning and purpose in life. I am blessed to have the ability to serve my community and help it change for the better and make a difference."


Natalie Loux

Year: Senior
Major: History and Social Work
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Service Sites: Episcopal Retirement Services, Evanston Academy, Friar's Club

"Mother Teresa stated, 'Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.' To me, service embodies this message because helping others is not about how many people you serve or how many hours you accumulate. For this reason, serving a thousand meals with little interaction could be less worthwhile than a heart-to-heart conversation with someone. The most meaningful service, in my eyes, leaves the greatest impact on individuals."


 

Alan Lozano

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology and Spanish
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Service Sites: Episcopal Retirement Services, Mini Muskies, The Christ Hospital

"I was raised doing service my whole life. My parents wanted me to see the importance of it. At first, I wasn't really aware of the importance, until I started to realize the affect it had on people. People are so thankful and happy with even the smallest actions that you give and do for them. It makes my day seeing people smile and all because of a small action made towards them."

"Mother Teresa once said, 'I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, How many good things have you done in your life? Rather, he will ask, How much love did you put into what you did?' This is my favorite quote because service should not be something that you should be forced to do. Instead, it should be something that comes from your heart. Giving to others is not hard, even if it is giving up your meal once a month, by offering it to those who need it. Go make a difference!"


Clarence Lyles

Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Service Sites: Friar's Club, Gabriel's Place, Evanston Academy

"Serving has always been something I was willing to do because I simply felt it was the right thing to do, such as giving gifts to a family for Christmas or serving food at a shelter. But, I never got to truly know the people who I was serving. So when I had the opportunity to not only serve but also immerse myself in someone else's culture and understand the struggle that they lived, I became so much more passionate about service than I had ever been. Today I realize that serving not only gives the privileged the opportunity to do good and help one another, but it also allows for the people who are serving to grow spiritually, emotionally, and humble themselves by simply gaining a true understanding of different types of struggles that many people do not know how to relate to. Living a life of happiness and success does not just involve one person, it involves a community, and a strong healthy community starts lending a helping hand to one another."


Danielle Stone

Year: Senior
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Glenview, IL
Service Sites: Gabriel's Place, Children's Creative Corner, Ladies of Awesomeness at Evanston Academy

"When people talk about service, they often only refer to the 'doing' aspect; the actions of helping those in and around their community. While this is important, I believe the 'being' aspect can be equally, if not more important. We can be with others by listening, empathizing, and acting compassionately towards everyone we meet. Fr. Greg Boyle said, 'Compassion isn't just about feeling the pain of others, it's about bringing them in towards yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased.' I view service as a way to move towards those who are marginalized and bring people towards ourselves. Service is based on a relationship between equals that is rooted in love, respect, and dignity. It works to bring about a positive change within a community and create a world where the margins of society are erased and everyone is included."


Juniors


Tessa Doan

Year: Junior
Major: Theology
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Service Sites: Bethany House Services, St. Joseph Home, Episcopal Retirement Services, Stepping Stones

"Service is not simply serving groups of people, it is being for and with them. Service is immersing oneself in a new community and embracing its values and unique culture. Service is forming genuine and intentional relationships with individuals, and seeking to know them and their personal story on an intimate level. Service is being an active listener, and opening oneself up to new ideas and beliefs. Service is celebrating a community's assets, along with hearing the desires of the individuals with whom you are in solidarity with. Service is not charity, it is relational. It is being a genuine friend, partner, listener and advocate for extraordinary people and their distinguished community."


Ben Foley

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI
Service Sites:  Episcopal Retirement Services, Bethany House, Muskie Togers, HELP Program - St. Francis De Sales Church

"Fr. Greg Boyle said, 'The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.' I have learned that service is much more than spending an hour or two on the weekend to help those in need. Service, as Fr. Greg Boyle says, is recognizing those on the margins of society as equal and building deep relationships with everybody we serve with in order to eliminate the idea of 'us' vs. 'them'. No matter a person's differences or situation, they still have a voice that deserves to be heard by the world as equals. Nobody should have to feel like they have been forgotten or pushed to the margins of society, and by serving with compassion and kinship in our hearts, we eliminate any barriers dividing us and the people we serve, and it simply becomes 'us'."


Thomas Grandon

Year: Junior
Major: Philosophy, Politics and The Public
Hometown: Arlington, MA
Service Sites:  Cincinnati Squash Academy, Moriah Pie

"The beauty of service is the many forms it takes in the world. There are the common ideas of service where someone forfeits their time and energy to help their fellow man. There are, of course, more instances where seemingly insignificant conversations and mere companionship can work wonders for people that need a friend. In all of my service, I attempt to pursue both of these needs. Obviously, you can't force someone to talk to you or take your help, but I want to make myself available and let others know I am there for them."


Jaime Misky

Year: Junior
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Service Sites:  Moriah Pie, Friday Fun Life, Lydia's House, Woven Oaks/Norwood Together

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good that overwhelm the world" - Desmond Tutu

"I believe in an equitable world for every person, no matter the circumstances. To create such a space, it is my duty to use my privilege to lift others up in creating community and mutually beneficial relationships with those who do not share my advantages. With this piece of good and hopeful overabundance of others, I know that there's hope for a world in which every person is equal. I am not naive enough to think that I can change the world; however, I believe the power of togetherness has the ability to make such an impact. The seemingly insignificant role I play as a part of the whole has only the ability to cultivate positive change within a focused community, but together, the opportunities for growth are endless."


Sarah Ray

Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: West Chester, OH
Service Sites:  Healthy Moms and Babes, Crossroad Health Center Tobacco Treatment Group, Reentry Program - St. Vincent de Paul

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa

"Through my service experiences, I have realized that it is often the smallest acts of kindness that make the biggest difference. Service to me is not simply providing physical needs such as food or medical care to others. Oftentimes, it is the less tangible things such as a kind word or a smile that means so much more. In empathizing with and understanding those we meet, we can build meaningful connections that bring us together. In my eyes, it is the strength of these relationships that holds the greatest value. While it is my goal to give others through service, I have found that those whom I have served have given me far more. They have taught me what it means to be resilient, share laughter with me, and helped me recognize that we are all a lot more alike than we are different. I truly believe that everyone has a gift to bring to this world, desires to love and be loved, and deserves to feel cared for and treated with dignity and respect. Through forming bonds, acting with compassion, and being in solidarity with others, we can inspire others to do the same, discern more about ourselves, and create a stronger community and more joyful world."


Marina Salazar

Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI
Service Sites:  Children's Creative Corner, Dater High School - Cares Program, Rothenberg School Technology

"In my family, I was taught to always give back to those who went without whether that was through donations or service. I grew up in a low income and uneducated city in San Antonio, Texas. Seeing that reality at a young age made me realize how truly blessed I was. Community service has cultured and inspired me to help and give back to those in my community and beyond. Service is more than a scholarship requirement; it is a way you live your life. It is how you treat others around you, how you hold yourself, and how willing you are to help and give back to others. Service is not a burden, but a gateway to form relationships and discover more about yourself."


Cookie Topp

Year: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Service Sites:  Crossroad Health Center, Evanston Academy, Stepping Stones

"Mother Teresa said, 'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.' To me, the meaning of service represented this quote because it is about giving your time lovingly and with a positive attitude rather than the amount of service. Serving a community with love rather than just serving someone, will leave a more significant impact on an individual in my eyes. Serving with love and compassion allows for one to create lasting bonds with community members creating meaningful experiences for everyone involved."

Michaele Townsend

Year: Junior
Major: Philosophy, Politics and The Public
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Service Sites:  Nativity of Our Lord School - 6th Grade Volleyball, Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Maslow's Army

"As Mother Teresa said, 'Not all of us can do great things, but we can do great things with love.' To me, this means I cannot single-handedly change the world with small actions but I can change someone's life by showing love and hopefully it starts a chain reaction of love. Service to me is standing in solidarity with others instead of trying to be the solution."


Sophomores


Madeline Anderson

Year: Sophomore
Major: Philosophy, Politics, and The Public
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Service Sites: Friar's Club, Moriah Pie

"Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: 'To know that even one life had breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.' Thus, service to me means that we never stop trying to make a positive impact in the lives of those around us. This is done through small things, the things that often go unnoticed. This shows that we do not need to go out and change the world on a large scale to make a difference but we can make a difference in our own back yard. In general, service to me is what we are all here to do it is to simply be there for others."


Annabella Collins

Year: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Mason, OH
Service Sites: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Lydia's House, Moriah Pie, Academy of World Languages

"People have always been something that I have had a deep passion for. Meaningful human interaction is the sole reason that drives me to get out of bed each morning. It encourages me to be outgoing when I often don’t want to be and to love when it is sometimes hard. The opportunities that I have been given to work alongside and to make connections with others is a privilege, and I couldn't possibly imagine living my life in any other way. It is what empowers my soul. Service is not a job nor a duty, but an opportunity to flourish. An opportunity for transformation and self-growth, opening my eyes and awakening my soul to a new perspective or a way of life. It is an experience that often teaches me how to love others in a new way, and how to walk with and for others. And in this aspect, there is true beauty."

‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,’ - Mahatma Gandhi


Caroline Dziubek

Year: Sophomore
Major: English
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Service Sites: Women Helping Women, Ladies of Awesomeness, Children's Creative Corner

'I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – know that my life has meaning.' - Temple Grandin.

"In my experience, I have learned that service can be disappointing, frustrating, and more than anything, extremely painful. Such a pursuit will not fail to break your heart. But service is not a burden. It is a necessity. A broken heart is not a story you tell. It is a call to action. I seek to dedicate myself to service because inaction is a luxury that I am offered due to my chance privilege in this life. Action is my conscious effort to understand and connect with those who have not been given such a chance, which is part of my greater goal: to act with empathy in all realms of my life, for both myself and for others."


Tyler Forbes

Year: Sophomore
Major: Sport Management
Hometown: Beverly Hills, MI
Service Sites: Children's Creative Corner

'There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.' - Woodrow Wilson.

"When I serve others it gives me a feeling like none other. I understand the importance of being a part of something bigger than myself and working alongside others to achieve a common goal. The joy that we can bring to others through service is the best form of payment in the world.”


Ciara Lambert

Year: Sophomore
Major: Philosophy, Politics, and The Public
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Service Sites: Lydia's House, Cincinnati Squash Academy

"Service has always been one of the greatest constants in my life. It has given me the opportunity to connect with different communities and has shaped the social justice issues that I am passionate about. Sometimes, service comes with discomfort but you have to remember the greater good and that the purpose goes far beyond yourself. Learning, growing and acting with others will always have a lasting, positive impact. It is an unconditional kindness that will never fail to better yourself and the people around you. Furthermore, service is a social responsibility that fosters a sense of community and serves as a catalyst for self-growth."


Gabriela Salazar

Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Analytics
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Service Sites: Children's Creative Corner

"Exposure to different areas across the United States has taught me that if I want to make a positive impact, I do not have to look much farther than my own community. Sometimes the areas that need the most attention are the ones in which you live and engage with every day. Service with others ignites a light in me and provides me with a sense of purpose. When I interact with others, I seek to enrich their lives while learning and growing alongside them. I enjoy advocating for unrepresented communities and service acts as a bridge that unites people from different backgrounds who share a similar goal. Shannon L. Alder stated, 'One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.' Service is more than physical contributions, it is also the priceless intangible and emotional bonds formed where joy, love, and kindness can be found."


Susmita Subba

Year: Sophomore
Major: Physics
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Service Sites: Children's Creative Corner, Bhutanese Community of Cincinnati

“Being born and raised in a refugee camp has taught me to always seek to help others even when I do not have much to offer. To me, service is a way of life. I believe, one way to positively impact and contribute to my community is through social service. I do service, not for myself but for the betterment of others. Service gives me a purpose and true meaning to be alive in this world."


 Mercedes Torres

Year: Sophomore
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Wauseon, OH
Service Sites: Children's Creative Corner, Evanston Academy

“As a social justice advocate, I consider it my duty to serve the community. Through service, I plan to work with others, not for others. I plan to focus on solidarity, not superiority. I plan to focus on engaging in communities and creating genuine relationships. I plan to put intersectionality into practice in order to advocate for individuals and communities who encounter intersecting forms of discrimination and systematic injustices.”


Matthew Baxter

Year: First Year
Major: Psychology
Hometown: New Castle, KY
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

"Lady Gaga once said, 'Don't be insecure if your heart is pure.' Throughout my entire life, I have always wanted to make a difference. I have always wanted to help people. Service has always been an essential part of my life, shaping the person I am today. Growing up in a small town meant I had many opportunities to use my voice and serve my community. I pushed through the struggles and always received something great out of them. Service can mean many things, but it is what you make of it. It is my job to make an impact, and that is what I plan to do here at Xavier."


Rhea Goodwyn

Year: First Year
Major: Business Undecided
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

"I strive to serve with compassion and integrity in order to fully connect with the community. Having an open mind allows me to learn more about others."


Jessica Hollis

Year: First Year
Major: Special Education
Hometown: Cleves, OH
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

 "The Special Olympic oath is 'Let me win. But if I cannot win. Let me be brave in the attempt.'  This oath means a lot to me because it's not just for those who have special needs, it can be an oath for anyone.  When it comes to service this oath pops into my head because every service that I may do can be challenging.  So by going out and helping others, 'let me win" the day by serving others even if they may not want to be served, then "let me be brace" in doing so."


Emma Mitsch

Year: First Year
Major: Entrepreneurial Studies
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

"I once met a man who told me his son was hospitalized and so he lost his job and was eventually evicted. This man happily received a plate of dinner from me, and a cross from a basket of which I had been passing necklaces out. After the man finished his plate, he asked me to have a few more crosses for his friends, 'to give them something to believe in.' Of course, I handed them to him and hadn't thought much of it. It wasn't until that night when I realized that that is what I have been trying to do my whole life - to give someone something to believe in. Service is often made into a complex mixture of boundaries and hours required. But that night service was just a way to learn about someone and make the world a better place with them alongside you. Service and rocket science are two very different things. Service is giving someone something to believe in. It is waking up early to drive a friend somewhere on a day you planned to sleep in. Service is holding the door for ten people instead of brushing it as you walk by. Pure servitude is never an active thought, but something that lives inside of you. An awareness of humankind." 


Vaughn Robison

Year: First Year
Major: Digital Innovation, Film, & Television
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

"Three of my biggest goals in life is to Create-Innovate-Inspire. With this fellowship I hope to create new opportunities for communities, innovate new ways of thinking and how we can branch out to help people in ways people have never thought of before, and inspire people to be better and become the fullest version of themselves."

"Being in service is such an important part of my life. Being in service to God, our community, our families, our friends. Steve Jobs said 'Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.' As a fellowship it is on us with the talent I myself and us as a collective possess to be leaders of our generation through love, creativity, and innovation."


Elizabeth Roeding

Year: First Year
Major: Philosophy, Politics, and The Public
Hometown: Fort Thomas, KY
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

'Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.' - Dorothy Height.

"Service allows me to be for and with others. It requires working together through listening, advocacy, and celebration to grow relationships with communities around me. Service is important for my growth and pushes me to learn more about communities and cultures for which I am unfamiliar. Service is not charity work; it is cultivating a deep relationship with yourself and others. By viewing service in this way, the community can thrive. We must show love and respect for all people or else we fail in being advocates for each other and working toward inclusivity."


Jared Vornhagen

Year: First Year
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

"True service and true engagement extend beyond the time one is physically present in the community they work with. True engagement is building genuine relationships and connections with the people and communities one serves, making it so service is done with others and not just for others. True service is blended into one's daily life, where being conscious of and advocating for the needs and rights of others is a natural instinct. Ultimately, my philosophy of service is rooted in the pursuit of justice and equity for all, whether that be in the criminal justice system or the many other parts of our society plagued with systemic inequity. I strive to utilize my own skill set while also recognizing the strengths and resources that each person in every community has to offer so that we can best work together to address root causes of injustice in a variety of areas and bring about meaningful systemic change."


Araya Williams

Year: First Year
Major: Business Undecided
Hometown: Aurora, IL
Service Sites: To begin Spring Semester 2021

"Jackie Robinson once said, 'A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.' My goal is to be a leader that impacts the lives of many, inspires change, and to always have the courage to do what's moral. Service to me is the sharing of your gifts and knowledge for the advancement of someone other than yourself. Taking the time to support in any way that I can, while encouraging someone to dream beyond their imagination, is the true measure of success. According to Audrey Hepburn, 'As your grow older, you will discover you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.' That said, I plan to spend my life using both hands in service of others, as I believe to whom much is given, much is expected."