Want to get involved and give service, but don’t know how? Never fear–Brigham Young University’s Office of Civic Engagement is coming to the rescue once again! On Thursday, January 19th, the President and CEO of Zions Bank, Scott Anderson, will speak to an audience of BYU students on the subject.
BYU’s unofficial motto, “Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve,” emphasizes the role that service should play in the life of a BYU student or alum. As such, the school provides a myriad of opportunities for its student body to get involved and give back to the community–perhaps the most prominent of which is the Center for Service and Learning, or “Y-Serve.”
Y-Serve’s mission is “to provide every student with a meaningful service opportunity…to instill in the heart and mind a desire to give lifelong service.” They’ve succeeded tremendously in this regard–in 2015, Y-Serve helped 29,386 BYU students give 102,560 hours of service to others.
So…why serve? One student involved in Y-Serve wrote, “By seeking the happiness of others, we find our own.” Another student, Patrick, added, “service helps with my overall happiness. I am honestly convinced that a smile is contagious. Helping somebody else smile through hardship and seeing them happy will always make me smile too.”
Often, we as college students can feel overwhelmed and barely have enough time for our own happiness–but as these remarks from fellow students can attest, one of the best ways to take care of ourselves is by taking care of others. And as Anderson’s lecture will teach, these results compound as more and more people serve.
Anderson’s lecture, entitled “It Takes All of Us,” will take place at 11 a.m. in 3224 WSC. Anderson himself serves his community in many different ways besides his work at Zions Bank. He chairs the board of directors of Intermountain Healthcare, is vice-president of the Days of ’47 Rodeo Board, and is a director of Driven2Teach, a nonprofit organization helping better teaching and learning of history. He also serves on several boards on nonprofit organizations including the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Envision Utah, and the Pete Suazo Center.
Anderson has a degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University, as well as a Masters in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins.
See you there!