More than 1,600 students, faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves to tackle 155 community projects during Tarleton State University’s 18th annual Round Up this past Saturday, setting an all-time record for number of volunteers and jobs completed.
Coordinated by the Department of Student Engagement, Round Up kicked off a full week of activities—appropriately called Texans Team Up—dedicated to Tarleton’s core value of service. The single-day, student-led, student initiated event takes place annually in concert with Keep Stephenville Beautiful.
“This year’s Tarleton Round Up was a huge success, thanks to the city of Stephenville, our volunteers and our sponsors and donors,” said Erin Warner, coordinator of Student Leadership Programs. “They were all key in helping us give back to the community. We are honored that so many students took on the role of servant leaders, demonstrating a strong commitment to Tarleton’s core values—especially service.”
In addition to those representing the Stephenville campus, this year’s volunteers included students, faculty and staff from Tarleton-Fort Worth. Volunteers helped residents with everything from cleaning windows to general lawn and garden work.
Tarleton’s College of Graduate Studies partnered with several dozen Tarleton-Fort Worth students to clean up Baja Beach in Benbrook.
More than 50 university organizations took part in this year’s event, including 17 Greek societies, 34 departmental associations and 12 student residence-hall groups. Joining university volunteers for the first time were 65 Upward Bound high school students.