TTU student group named volunteer group of the year

Posted by Lori Shull - Wednesday, June 01 2011
lshull@tntech.edu

thumb_mastersvolunteersThe residents of Masters Nursing Home in Algood, Tenn., love Tennessee Tech University students.

Twenty-five students from a Tennessee Tech University Connections course were recently honored as the home’s volunteer group of the year at a reception at Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

Students from LaNise Rosemond’s connections course have been visiting with the nursing home’s residents for three years, though this is the first time they have been formally honored.

“Whatever they ask us to do, we do, but it’s mostly about the relationships. That’s the greatest need that they have, just people coming to spend time with them,” said Rosemond, an instructor in TTU’s exercise science, physical education and wellness department. “One of the women tells everyone she loves them. I’ve actually seen my students get teary-eyed from her telling them that.”

Though the students go to the Algood nursing home during class time, many of them choose to go on their own time, as well.  Though most of the students were unable to attend the reception, they compiled a book of photos and wrote cards to the home residents to give to them.

Approximately 100 TTU students have gone with Rosemond to the nursing home over the years. Many of them continue to visit, even after they have finished the course.

“The residents do more for the students than we do for them, whether they know it or not,” Rosemond said. “Our students laugh, joke. They love telling these little jokes and stories. I think that’s what sets us apart; you see young people forming these relationships.”