Off to the Races: The Benefits of Giving Back

Published on May 21, 2014 by arothstein

If you think community service is only for criminals in orange jumpsuits, you are mistaken. Community service extends well beyond court-mandated service hours, reaching right into the realm of everyday citizens.

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Broadview University-Orem Campus

Broadview University-Orem is, indeed, composed of everyday citizens (for the most part, anyway…) who want to contribute their time and energy to a worthy cause.

For the third year in a row, the staff and faculty helped set up for the TriUtah Woman of Steel Triathlon, with a portion of its proceeds benefiting the nonprofit organization Kids on the Move.

The 5K Fun Run 

The day began with a 5K Fun Run, where employees worked out all their aggression by trying to outrun each other. Here are a few reactions to the race:

Randy Johnson, dean of education: “It was my first 5K ever, and I finished! There was, admittedly, some walking involved, but more jogging than walking.”

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Annie Critchfield, Amanda Black and Tawnette Chapman

Annie Critchfield, high school admissions: “It was a really good route with some challenging hills, beautiful scenery, and perfect weather.”

Ryan Farley, campus director: “Next time I’ll confirm there is actually a drinking fountain at the midway park where we turned around. Oops.”

Heather Bird, vet tech instructor: “I would have beat everybody had I ran it, but lucky for everyone else, I had school that morning.”

Teamwork and a Hacksaw

After the race, the real work began. However, there was a slight problem. The supply trailer was locked and the TriUtah representative was at least an hour away with the key. Precious time was being wasted as everyone waited around for him to arrive, so the team thought on their feet.

Enter: the hacksaw.

Remember that thing I said about criminals? Well, I’m not going to name names here, but let’s just say many different biceps bulged as people took turns sawing the lock—at 30-second intervals each (yes, there was even a stopwatch involved)—and each person got closer to breaking it open.

When the TriUtah representative finally arrived, he was not too pleased to see that his lock had been tampered with, but ultimately understood that the work needed to begin if it was ever going to get done on time.

“After the guy in charge thought things over, he was quite congenial and even commented that he might have done the same thing under the circumstances,” said Mark Harrison, high school coordinator.

Tawnette Chapman, administrative assistant, agreed that sawing the lock was a team effort and didn’t realize all the muscle power Orem had.

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Randy Johnson

Highlights of the Day

“The best part about setting up was that we had a basic idea of what needed to get done and everyone pulled together to accomplish it,” said Amanda Black, administrative assistant.

Karen Newmeyer, librarian, enjoyed the spirit of teamwork she felt with her other coworkers who chose to stay longer than required to finish the job.

Rachel Chapman, director of admissions, was the “driving” force behind the idea to transport heavy equipment across the field with her car rather than carry it all by hand. This made the process much more efficient compared to years past.

So, what did everyone learn from this year’s Community Service Day? Teamwork, find better ways of doing things, stay until the job is finished, and always carry an extra hacksaw.

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