The new Ut Prosim Society members:
This is from last year, but still proud of it! GO HOKIES!
In our world where Ut Prosim isn’t a way of life for all, it’s even more important that those of us who embrace it do so with gusto. While bringing all our friends along is a lofty goal, what really matters at the end of the day is - did you achieve yours? Perhaps by being a respected example, we are also subtle motivators to others. When living a life of Ut Prosim, service no longer feels like work – it feels like enlightenment.
'Ut Prosim' (that I may serve) pylon of the War Memorial Chapel
Conversations of the Ut Prosim Learning Aspiration Committee this year focused upon sharing the beauty and vision of the University’s motto, “Ut Prosim – That I May Serve.” As students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners embrace Ut Prosim as a way of life, the opportunity for us to learn from and with one another flourishes. As a community we learn about each other’s strengths and interests – thus, gleaning a grander understanding of how to serve one another and the community in which we live… as a way of life.
For well over a century, the Latin phrase Ut Prosim has stood as the motto of Virginia Tech. Literally thousands of Hokies have recited the phrase, normally with a quick reference to its English translation: That I May Serve. However, for most Hokies, past and present, the real translation of Ut Prosim goes from the lips to the heart and then to the hands—from words to deeds. These deeds of service for others and to others always contribute to the betterment of individuals, families, and communities around the world. The demonstration of Ut Prosim by Hokie great David Clowney is nothing short of remarkable. His work in Haiti and now his interest in going to Ghana to work with children is a refreshing story of an athlete leveraging fame and fortune for the benefit of others. What a shining tribute to his character and what a wonderful role model he is for all of us! It is so refreshing to read about such dedication and service. Thanks, David Clowney, for demonstrating what it means to be a Hokie!