College of Business Students Make a Difference
Published date: October 3, 2014For the past four years the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business (RFLCB) at Virginia State University has been using community-based learning in its senior capstone Strategic Planning course. Community based learning, formerly known as service learning, is a popular academic engagement tool that encourages students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to assist not for profit organizations in their community. Through this learning pedagogy, the students gain extensive real world experience, build a valuable business skill base, and fulfill the university’s mantra of Building a Better World.
This year the seniors are tackling a monumental task. The Four Cemeteries at Evergreen, which is cited as the “preeminent resting place for many of Virginia’s most influential African Americans”, spans about 13 acres in the south corner of Richmond, and is the final resting place for up to 13,000 people. Tragically, the property has been grossly neglected, vandalized, and has become a dumping ground for discarded tires and trash. The RFLCB class of December, 2014, are participating in the extensive clean up and restoration of Evergreen Cemeteries, and developing a strategic plan for the ongoing, perpetual care of the property.
It will take years for clean up to be completed, and that is why the RFLCB seniors are volunteering, seeking volunteers, and working to raise awareness of the tragedy of Evergreen Cemeteries. There is currently one Richmond man, John Shuck, who has taken it upon himself to recruit and equip volunteers, and he is graciously working with the seniors on this project. Please check John’s Facebook page for the ongoing work schedule: https://www.facebook.com/jgshuck?fref=ts
For more information about this project, please visit:
VSU Senior Project 2014:
The State of the Four Cemeteries at Evergreen
The Fall 2014 Clean Up Effort