Hoos Serving

Every other week, UVA Public Service recognizes students involved in public service in various ways, whether through volunteering, community or civic engagement, activism, social entrepreneurship, service-learning coursework or research, and other co-curricular service activities and interests.

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Sam Powers
Sam Powers is a third-year in the College, majoring in Statistics and Religious Studies and the Masters in Public Health program. Sam is involved in Center for Global Health research and community-based research with the Legal Aid Justice Center. He also volunteers through the Madison House Music Mentoring program and is the Vice Chair for First Years on the University Judiciary Committee. Sam spent this summer in Rwanda as a Center for Global Health Scholar researching the relationship between faith-based and public healthcare systems and disparities in malnutrition.
Lobna Raya
Lobna Raya is a fourth-year in the College, majoring in Religious Studies with a concentration in Islamic studies and minoring in Bioethics. Some of Lobna's involvements include Alternative Spring Break (ASB), the Ronald McDonald House, and the Islamic Society of Central Virginia (ISCV). Through ASB, Lobna visited Pensacola, Fla., where she helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity. She also helped organize meals and bake at the Ronald McDonald House and volunteers on Sundays at the ISCV teaching Arabic to a class of nine-year-old students.
Kayla Spigelman
Kayla Spigelman is a second-year in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences studying systems engineering. She is passionate about science and sustainability, participating in the Society of Women Engineers, where she helps with the Girl Scout Day each year to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM. Spigelman is the community outreach chair of FoodAssist, an organization that aims to bridge the gap between food waste and food insecurity by delivering leftover food from Greek houses to other organizations in the community that need food.
John Barton
John Barton is a second-year in the College majoring in Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies with a minor in Urban and Environmental Planning in the A-School. He is the Resident Advisor (RA) of Casa Bolivar this year and a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary at UVA. John volunteers with the Latino and Migrant Aid program through Madison House, where he teaches ESL in Spanish.
Kirsta Hackmeier
Kirsta Hackmeier is a third-year in the College studying Global Public Health and French. Kirsta is a presenter for One Less, a sexual assault and intimate partner violence education and advocacy group on Grounds, and also helps coordinate community outreach for Animal Justice Advocates, the only animal welfare group at UVA. Previously, she served as an intern for the Humane Society of the United States. Currently, she is the acting chair of the Restoration Ball Committee.
Jessica Harris
Jessica Harris is a second-year in the College pursuing studies in arts administration, youth and social innovation, and drama. She is the founder of Empowered Players, a 501(c)3 nonprofit youth theater based in Fluvanna County. In addition, Jessica is on the executive board of and teaches with Kids Acting Out, a volunteer after-school theater program. She also participates in various mentorship and volunteer arts programs.
Ryan Partridge
Ryan is a second-year pre-comm student in the College. He is the president of the UVA Lion's Club.
Will VanOrden
Will is a second-year economics and physics double-major in the College and a released firefighter/EMT with Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department (Station 8 Albemarle County Fire Rescue).
Maame Esi Eghan
Maame is a second-year student in the College involved in several service organizations, including Fashion for a Cause, Organization of African Students, and Green Grounds. She is the co-founder of the Yielding Accomplished African Women project.
Matt Tully
Matt Tully is a fourth-year in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, double-majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and Economics. Matt is the Logistics Committee Co-Chair for Pancakes for Parkinson's and has been involved with the charity event for over three years. He is also a mentor through the Bridging the Gap program in Madison House and a member of the External Committee of the Batten Undergraduate Council.