ETSU to host first Dula Day of Service in tribute to late professor


Registration continues for East Tennessee State University’s inaugural Dula Day of Service, which will be held Saturday, April 6.

This day is planned in memory of the late Dr. Chris Dula, a well-known and beloved faculty member who taught in the ETSU Department of Psychology.  He joined the university faculty in 2004 and received numerous honors and accolades, including the Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching.  Dula died in January 2019 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

The Dula Day of Service, a tribute to Dula’s dedication to ETSU and his commitment to community service, is planned by the university’s Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement in partnership with the Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission, as well as Volunteer ETSU and the university’s Roan Scholars Leadership Program and Fraternity and Sorority Life.

All volunteers will begin and end the day with opening and closing ceremonies, to be held at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, at Borchuck Plaza in front of the Sherrod Library on the ETSU campus.

Participating students, faculty, staff and community members will be connected with pre-arranged sites and projects with local non-profit organizations and agencies, where they will serve in various capacities.

Those interested in serving are asked to register and commit to serving from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. 

Advance registration is preferred and may be completed online at  Once registered, volunteers will be contacted by Leadership and Civic Engagement staff with further details regarding the day.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up the day of the event, as well.

Area high school, community college and Tennessee College of Applied Technology students may earn community service hours for the tnAchieves program through participation.  Students under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Participating students should have their service verified by the site contact before returning to campus for the closing.

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