Students Organizing ‘Day of Civility’ on Feb. 23

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A growing number of CSU students are formalizing the bumper-sticker plea to “Practice random acts of kindness.”

Led by sorority and fraternity members, as well as campus residence life assistants, the university is planning a “Day of Civility” on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Students and student groups will visit departments across campus to offer help or run errands, and make concerted efforts to generally be nice and do good deeds.

It’s all designed to highlight the good deeds and good work that can be attributed to students. For example, many don’t realize that CSU’s Greek organizations logged more than 4,633 hours of community service in the 2008-2009 academic year.

“This generation of students is often characterized as the ‘me generation,’ and that’s just not the complete picture,” said Tinslee Hembree, director of CSU’s Greek Life and Student Engagement. “We hope this Day of Civility will highlight the service we already do and raise awareness that this generation of students is indeed civil.”

Hembree said today’s fraternity and sorority members do not resemble the stereotypes often presented by movies and TV shows. Philanthropy, not partying, is usually the first order of business for Greeks, and the students’ work has brought thousands of dollars into local and national organizations. For instance, the Kappa Sigma fraternity raised more than $5,000 last year for the American Cancer Society and volunteered at the Cox Multiple Sclerosis 150-mile bicycle race. Alpha Omicron Pi sorority last year started the Annual Strike Out Arthritis Event, a bowling tournament to raise awareness of and donations for juvenile arthritis.