Senior David Dietz sees service to others maybe in a way different from most students. The computer science and criminal justice double major has spent his college career combining his passion for volunteerism with his love of technology.
“I’ve always been interested in technology, and even when I was a kid I wanted to be in the Secret Service,” said Dietz. “So majoring in computer science and criminal justice just seemed like a good fit.”
Since arriving at Georgia College four years ago, Dietz has used his skills learned in the classroom and applied them to his volunteer efforts through the GIVE Center. Among his many contributions to the Office of Student Life and the GIVE Center, Dietz has been key in GC Miracle – specifically in planning the annual Dance Marathon fundraiser, which recently raised more than $70,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Navicent Health.
“We are so honored to have David Dietz as a student. He has brought his passion for service and his expertise and knowledge of technology to take Community Engagement to the next level at Georgia College,” said Senior Director for Community Engagement Kendall Stiles.
The Giving Tree Award, which is given by the GIVE Center each year to only one student, is an honor presented on Earth Day for a student who has left an impact on campus. The GIVE Center plants a tree dedicated to the person, which leaves a lasting legacy. This year, Dietz has been honored with this award.
Dietz has also spent time writing software to make tracking volunteer hours easier and more efficient. One of the ways that’s being done is through a new system called GivePulse. Dietz has taken the lead on the project ensuring a seamless transition from their previous process.
“Service has been an interesting experience throughout these past years,” said Dietz. “It’s great to work with students and administration, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to work with our community. The way I see it is that I’m a product of this community— so why wouldn’t I do my best to make it better?”
Dietz is continuing his education at Georgia College in fall 2015 by entering in the Master of Information Systems program. He says it’s an opportunity to continue the work he’s started in his undergraduate.
“The great thing is a lot of these projects are ongoing, so I’ll be able to continue with them throughout the next two years,” said Dietz.
Stiles says Dietz has made a lasting impact on The GIVE Center.
“David came to GC with a service heart and The GIVE Center helped him hone in his leadership skills,” said Stiles. “He has become a wonderful example of what we want all our students to aspire to be.”
After Dietz finishes his master's, he plans on pursuing a career in the computer forensics field— still holding true to his passion for service.
“What I’ve learned through all of the experiences I’ve had is that if you work hard and you put that effort in— you will succeed,” said Dietz. “I was able to be part of something so much bigger than myself while I’ve been here and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”