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Bearings: News and Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Bearings: News & Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Treasure Savannah

Oct 21, 2012, 09:05 pm - Carey Adams

My Armstrong Experience

Last week was full of good stuff, as usual, including Celebrate Armstrong, the naming of the mascot, and the second annual Armstrong-Community Summit, but it would have been hard to top my first Treasure Savannah experience.  Saturday morning more than 700 students, faculty, staff and family members met in front of the Student Union for a group photo before fanning out to perform community service at about a dozen sites throughout the city.

Armstrong volunteers with Chef Floyd at Second HarvestPictured at left is the "pasta crew" I worked with at Second Harvest Food Bank, under the direction of Chef Floyd (far right).  We spent the morning preparing over 3,000 servings of macaroni and cheese, which represents just one day of after-school meals prepared by Chef Floyd and others.  In addition to preparing food that is delivered daily to dozens of sites, Second Harvest chefs train men and women for culinary jobs.  Chef Floyd spoke simply but eloquently about the power of food, including the pride that people feel when they cook for others and bring them pleasure.

As pleased as I was to contribute in a small way to the good done by Second Harvest, I was even more pleased, and proud, to be doing so side by side with Armstrong students.  On the bus ride across town I met Kristy, a first-generation student seeking to become a nurse.  She met Christopher, a current nursing student, who shared tips with her while they massaged alfredo sauce into huge pans of elbow macaroni.  Meanwhile I was busy stirring boiling pasta with Ryan, a sciences major who told me how he had chosen Armstrong because of the hands-on laboratory research opportunities he would have here.  He was one of the first students to participate in the STEM summer program and now is applying for admission to graduate schoools.  

By the end of the morning, I heard several students making plans to return to Second Harvest as individuals or with their student organizations.  

Mine was just one experience among hundreds on Saturday.  The best part about lunch, served back on campus, was hearing others tell their own stories.  If you missed this fall's Treasure Savannah, or if you have never taken part, you don't have to wait until next October.  The Spring 2013 Treasure Savannah is just around the corner!

Have a great week,

Carey