Randolph College’s chapter of the Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) has been recognized for more than tripling its membership in the past year, receiving the Highest Membership Increase Award for 2018-19. Ke’Asia Carter ’19 M.A.T., marketing officer for Randolph’s chapter, accepted the award at the recent SVEA 2019 Convention in Richmond.
Randolph’s chapter of the SVEA is a professional organization for pre-service teachers. In the past, the chapter has organized education workshops open to the Randolph community. Members also hold an annual food drive in the fall, sponsor MAC events, volunteer at the Randolph Science Festival, and hold socials for students interested in education. The SVEA also provides liability insurance that members can use for student teaching.
“All of our SVEA members feel proud to receive this award,” Carter said. “For the last couple of semesters we have worked hard to get people to join our chapter. From organizing ice cream socials to trying to recruit people through SciFest events, we were able to bring on more members than ever before. Winning this award makes us proud to be a part of Randolph and its SVEA chapter.”
Chapter President Meagan Swithers ’18, ’19 M.A.T. echoed Carter’s sentiments and said she feels well rounded and well prepared for a teaching career thanks to the College’s education and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs.
“Many of our officers are double majors, have jobs, are part of other campus organizations, and volunteer locally,” Swithers said. “To say we live abundantly would be an understatement. It is remarkable, but not out of the ordinary, for students at Randolph to be so heavily involved. I am so warmed to know that we’ve built this community of incredibly involved like-minds and like-hearts on campus. While I am graduating this spring with an M.A.T. in curricular studies and a Pre-K-6 license to teach, I have enormous hopes for our chapter to continue to thrive.”