On August 22, 2003, the doors opened for new freshmen to arrive on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University, and the fun began immediately. The days were full with registering for classes, making friends, setting up their rooms, and getting acclimated to the campus. This year, however, a new activity was added.
On Monday, August 25, one day before classes started, the freshmen took time out of their day to serve the community. Twenty different groups of freshmen worked on sites across the city from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. They were on Murfreesboro Road picking up trash, on 16th Avenue removing signs, and in the Napier Community cleaning out creeks and removing debris. They also worked at different organizations, such as Feed the Children and Youth Villages. Freshman Mindy Seigenthaler says, "The day went fast, but through the time I was able to bond with other people. I feel like I accomplished a lot of work, and it was fun seeing the results." Each group had 10 to 12 freshmen, and some groups were combined giving the students a chance to work with new people.
Before the students started the project, Chaplain Tim Green set the tone of the day when he talked to the group about servant leadership and what it means to live in a Christian community. Dean of Students Steve Harris explained the goal for the event: "The community service project was designed to allow the freshmen to experience servant leadership and to bond as a class and community. I hope we accomplished that goal." This service project is the first of many in which students will have the opportunity to participate while at Trevecca. With this success of this year's projects, this new activity will be a tradition in the freshman orientation