Killeen, TEXAS— Phi Alpha, Pi Rho Chapter, from Texas A&M University-Central Texas has received its fourth National Service Award for their dedication and commitment to strengthening the bond between its chapter members, the surrounding community and the university.
“This is the fourth time our Phi Alpha chapter has won the award, which is an amazing accomplishment,” said Faculty Advisor, Dr. Claudia Rappaport. “I think it is a testimonial to the students’ commitment to community service. Our chapter is always deeply committed to helping the university, the students, and community agencies, in spite of their very busy schedules as students, many of them as social work interns, and as family members. I am deeply honored to be the faculty liaison for such a dedicated group of students.”
Activities this year included hosting a holiday part for the senior citizens who reside at the Sunshine House in Copperas Cove; a School Supply drive which resulted in over $1,000 worth of supplies for East Ward Elementary School in Killeen; through fundraising efforts, the chapter donated a laptop to the Scott and White Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which allowed deployed soldiers to Skype with their children in NICU and receive medial updates; and they volunteered to assist with Killeen’s annual homeless count, which gave the students hands-on, real-world experience with local agencies who serve the homeless population.
Phi Alpha is an organization comprised of a faculty advisor, honorary faculty, community members, bachelor of social work students as well as alumni that come together to serve the needs of the university and community. The goal of Phi Alpha is to foster an environment of academic achievement and improve and further the goals of social work in the community, state, nation, and world. Specifically, Phi Alpha Students at A&M-Central Texas learn how to recognize needs and raise awareness, support, and funds for those needs. Members gain continuing education opportunities and valuable experiences that help them excel in the social work profession.
Each year, Phi Alpha raises the bar with their extraordinary dedication and commitment to community service and campus involvement. Congratulations to the Phi Alpha Honor Society on winning yet another National Service Award to add to your growing collection!