Embrace UT PROSIM as a way of life
Ghandi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Service means putting others' needs over your own, no matter the cost. It means running into emergency situations with a one-track mind to help those in crisis.
Stephen Bennett embodies Ut Prosim through serving his peers and his community in the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. He quickly rose through the ranks and, within two years, was named Team Leader. In this role, he was charged with the entire oversight of patient care in the pre-hospital setting.
He said, "I'm performing a duty that I enjoy every day. One thing that I have learned during my time at Virginia Tech is that a good deed can go a long way, no matter how small it feels to you."
Stephen's nominator said, "Be it in the supervision of his duty crew, the coordination of nightly practical training scenarios, or the management and development of this active squad, Stephen consistently delivers exemplary dedication and devotion. He brings energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to all of his activities."
That dedication is evident as he volunteers about 45 hours a week with the Rescue Squad and is on call an additional 28 hours. He was most recently reelected to the position of Captain, a role voted by his peers.
In his time with the squad, Stephen has drafted and executed a reorganization of the agency and rallied for a grant of $21,000 for cardiac monitors. He serves as the primary liaison between the squad and Montgomery County and Virginia Tech emergency officials.
He oversees training, communications, equipment, personnel, alumni relations, infection control, EMS operations for football games, and so much more.
When he graduates in the spring with a degree in Forest Operations and Business from the College of Natural Resources and Environment, he will be sorely missed by the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, where he's valiantly served as a dedicated leader to the 45 volunteer members.
However, in addition to joining his family's forestry business, he plans to head back to volunteer at the Clifton Forge Rescue Squad, where his eyes were first opened to this spirit of Ut Prosim that lives within him.
For his compassion for those in need, his leadership to his peers, and his steadfast service to the community, I am pleased to present Stephen Bennett with the Aspire! Award for Ut Prosim.
2017-2018 Aspirations Breakfasts*
December 1, 2017
Owens Banquet Room, 8-10 a.m.
*Registration is required to attend the Breakfast.
April 21, 2017 Recipients
Bobby Hollingsworth - Curiosity
Annemarie Bresson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Christopher Bardo - Civility
Nala Chehade - Courageous Leadership
Elizabeth Galbreath - Ut Prosim
Hillary Kovacs – Ut Prosim
Robert and Kara Julius – Ut Prosim
Jerry Colyer [posthumous award] – Ut Prosim
March 17, 2017 Recipients
Lt. Tony Haga – Courageous Leadership
February 17, 2017 Recipients
Danielle Jeffers - Curiosity
Colleen McGovern - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Min Kyung “Julie” Sim - Civility
Lamont “Gucci” Livingston - Courageous Leadership
Jacob Long - Ut Prosim
Alece Alderson – Civility
November 4, 2016 Recipients
Rhiannon Hasenauer - Ut Prosim
Zack Sever - Civility
David Gardner - Courageous Leadership
Zachary Hoopes - Curiosity
Bridger Johnson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jon Fritsch – Self-Understanding and Integrity
October 7, 2016 Recipients
Zachariah Ewen - Ut Prosim
Jordan Evans - Civility
Megan Lee Myklegard - Courageous Leadership
Alex Hamilton - Curiosity
Bryan Faulkner - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Catherine Cotrupi – Curiosity
April 22, 2016 Recipients
Samantha Hall - Ut Prosim
Charelle Berry - Civility
Audrey Semel - Courageous
Jess King - Curiosity
Mike Schoka - Self-Understanding
Frances Keene – Ut Prosim
John Graham – Ut Prosim
Susan Anderson – Courageous
February 19, 2016 Recipients
Javier González-Rocha – Self-Understanding and Integrity
Obaid Rehman – Civility
Claire Kelling – Courageous
Meghan McLoughlin – Ut Prosim
Erica Nagotko – Curiosity
Anthony Purcell – Civility
Gladys Sartin– Self-Understanding
October 2, 2015 Recipients
Walter Gonsiewski – Self-Understanding
Seyi Olusina – Civility
Skyler Mueller – Courageous
Anastasia Matusiewicz – Ut Prosim
Natasha Laramie – Curiosity
Vera Kidd – Curiosity
Residence Life Resource Officer John Tarter – Ut Prosim
Robby Moser – Ut Prosim
March, 2015 Recipients
Juan de la Rosa Diaz – Courageous
Jamaica Sykes – Curiosity
Luke Birch –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jake Voorhees – Ut Prosim
Turki Saad Al-Zahrani – Civility
Captain Jim Snyder – Courageous Leadership
February, 2015 Recipients
Catherine Goggins – Courageous
Allison Laclede – Curiosity
Samuel Aguilar Chavez –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Larissa Perara – Ut Prosim
Lauren Cashman – Civility
Jay Read – Civility
Scott Busiel – Self–understanding and Integrity
Robin Boucher – Curiosity
Tricia Smith – Ut Prosim