Student Takes Every Opportunity to Service

Derek Irvin

Run, walk, ride, drive, or skip–Derek Irvin will do whatever it takes, in order to serve. Derek Irvin, a senior Broadcast News major, provides some form of community service more often than many students.

“The feeling that I get when I help someone else out is equal to or greater than the feeling that they get when they’re being helped,” Derek stated while walking two huge huskies one cold weekend at the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society.

Elizabeth Cooper, Humane Society Adoption Specialist, said, “We would not be able to function without the help of volunteers, especially young people who help exercise and walk the dogs.” Irvin volunteers at the Humane Society most weekends and sometimes during the week.

Through one of his organizations, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Irvin serves in many different programs, such as the Project Alpha and A-Phi Buddies. Project Alpha is an ongoing program that Irvin has been working on for a couple of years now. Project Alpha helps to provide education, motivation, and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases for young males between the ages of 12-15. This project was created to provide young men with current and accurate information about teen pregnancy prevention through a series of workshops and informational sessions. A-Phi Buddies is a program set up for the members to talk within the high schools to students about going to college.

Irvin’s organizational advisor, Joshua Hayes, said, “Dedication is only one of several terms that describes Derek and his love for service. His creativity, limitless investment of time and willingness to leave a legacy for others allows him to work in various capacities. Whether working with animals, youth, or lyrics, his overall vision is to help better others.”

In addition to participating in youth programs with his fraternity and volunteering with the Humane Society, Irvin serves through Adopt-A-Highway clean-ups, tutoring at the local Boys & Girls Club, and other opportunities when they arise.

“I just like giving back to the community,” Irvin said.

Irvin, along with students Trent Dunn and Maria Tibbs, (using the group named Disciple Nation), coordinate an event titled WKU Idol. The event highlights talented students at WKU and offers them publicity and cash prizes.

In the midst of Irvin’s service to the community and campus involvement, he manages to reach high academic standards. Irvin has been recognized on the Dean’s List several times during his academic career, and he considers academics his first priority.



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