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Geller's new book reaches to roots of community and family need. "Actively Caring" says it all.

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Scott Geller gave me this wristband for commenting the importance of the central theme in his new book. Active Caring of people in family and work and community relationships is for everyone. Many thanks to Scott for developing this idea and reaching out in this way. I hope this wristband 121650, a humble number, becomes a witness to many caring experiences through its wearers. May it make all of us better human beings in this complex world.
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The Urge to Be a Part of a Movement

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Well, I guess this will be the story of how I got involved. I just finished a semester of Intro to Psychology, and I have to say, Dr. Geller really made a difference. I felt like I needed to let him know how much he has changed my perspective on things. Lately, I've been just pushing through school, desperately trying to make something of it and enjoy it. I also felt like I just had to get through my CLE's (core classes) so they wouldn't waste my time. When he started teaching the class half way through the semester, I kind of started to enjoy his talks. The vibes int he room became more relaxed and discussion-oriented. He just made me want to learn more. Not many professors or teachers have made me feel this way. At the end of the last class, I felt like he should know, since he said before that he likes to hear how influencing he can be. As I waited in line, I saw that he was handing out these wristbands- as recognition and rewards for approaching him, whatever the matter was. Receiving a wristband was not my objective. When it was my turn, I said "Oh it's okay, I don't want a wristband." He then asked why. I said, "because I just do things for people because I like to." For me, it was how I was raised, and I felt no need to receive a wristband. He then said "Well, this just means you are a part of the movement, and you can pass this along." I gladly accepted- how could I say no? Caring and being respectful to those around me, despite most of them not replicating, I feel is a way of living. And yes, i want people to become aware that this is just what this society needs, to ACTUALLY care for those around them, even if those people are complete strangers. So that's the story- probably not what you expected. Maybe by participating in this movement- having accepted the deed by accepting the wristband- could push this just a bit further, just like what everyone else on this site is doing. Thank you Dr. Geller, and I look forward to making this society improve.

Study Abroad

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I received this wristband from Professor Geller when I went to speak to his class today about the study abroad opportunity that is offered by the Pamplin business school at Virginia Tech. You get the opportunity to actively care about someone by working with NGO's when you travel to either Rwanda, Kenya or Ethiopia for either 5 weeks on the fall trip, or 2 weeks on the spring trip.

Virginia Tech Relay for Life 2015

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I was participating in Virginia Tech's annual Relay for Life, which is a movement dedicated to help find and support the cure for cancer. During this event I was visiting one of the various booths around the track and a member of the booth, Ashley Underwood, gave me an AC4P wristband for becoming involved in Relay for Life.
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Relay for Lige

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Dr. Scott Geller gave me a wristband after I spoke with him at the Relay for Life event at Virginia Tech. He gave a Wristband to me and many other Hokies due to our caring nature and overall care for those fighting and surviving cancer through the Relay for Life event.
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Relay for Life

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Today was my first ever Relay for Life. Two years ago my Dad and his older brother were diagnosed with cancer. Dad with kidney cancer, Uncle Jim with bladder. Last year Jim went into hospice and Dad found out he had lung cancer. Two weeks ago my Uncle Jim died. Dad began his hospice two months ago. I had decided to do Relay this year in honor of these two men. Now, it is honor and memory. Dad and Jim decided to forgo treatments at the end because they wanted quality of life, not quantity. They wanted to leave on their own terms. For that I respect them both. So now I will honor them and so many others: my aunt Stephanie, my grandmother Anna, and more. No one fights alone and I chose to fight with the greatest group of students in the world: the Virginia Tech Hokies.
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Relay for Life

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Tonight, I participated in Relay for Life at Virginia Tech. My friend Ashley works with CABS, and she gave me a bracelet. She told me that I was actively caring for others by participating in the world's largest college relay for life.
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Just something small

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I am a student-athlete at Tech and have an overwhelming schedule.. It was around 9:15 and I had a Spanish composition at 11 and needed an English-Spanish dictionary. Upon going to the bookstore I saw one of my classmates there looking for the same thing. Unfortunately, there were no dictionaries available. In my panic I just went to the one place I new would have them, Barnes and Noble. Picked up two dictionaries and returned for class... Giving my classmate who was also looking for the dictionary the second one I purchased. I did it, honestly, because I knew she would have done the same.
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Staying the night

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My wife attended the StartUp Weekend and met a few people. Michael R was one of them and he had not been in contact with his usual crash spot. My wife invited he and another guy ti stay with us. They arrived about 3:30 am while I was asleep and our 8 month old daughter was as well. I woke up, had a beer with them, showed them their rooms and went back to sleep. Both guys stayed thru the entire weekend and we had a great time. He gave me the wristband because he was shocked that I welcomed 2 complete strangers into a home at such an early hour with no questions asked. I still keep in touch with both of guys. What an awesome time and experience. I can't wait to pass the wristband along to the next person!

Homeless Shelter Volunteer

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This band was given to the gentleman who has volunteered over 8 years at the homeless shelter. He described to me how he's seen people's lives change for the better and he keeps coming back to help others. I only volunteered at the shelter for a few hours, so talking to somebody who's donated years of his life to help serve others was very inspiring and heart warming. His selflessness made me step back and rethink how I can be utilize my time, energy, and skills to better the lives of others in my community.
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Coffee to Conversation

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My roommate Roy is such a positive and caring guy. Today he called me asking if I wanted any coffee from the local coffee shop. Normally I say no thank you, but this time, for whatever reason, I took him up on the offer. He recommended the favorite drink of choice, paid for it, and brought it home for me. We ended up talking about Actively Caring for hours and he even volunteered his time and technology expertise to the cause. If he didn't call me and bring coffee home, maybe we would have never had such an insightful and interesting conversation? What seems to be a small act of kindness opened the door to a much larger day of good conversation and connections. Thank you Roy, you're such a great guy and I'm lucky to have you as a roommate. Go Hokies :-)
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Creating An Inclusive Learning Environment

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I am April Few-Demo, a faculty member in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech. At the time that I was handed this wristband by a kind student, I had been teaching the largest course section of Human Sexuality at Virginia Tech for years. I was given Wristband 86864 at the end of a regular class section by a young woman whom I believe had not spoken up in class. I believe this exchange was the first time we had had a conversation. It was wonderful. It was humbling. And it filled my heart with gladness. I was given this wristband because she noticed how important it is to me to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for my students. I have students of all genders, sexes, sexual orientations, and sexual attractions. I have students who are still questioning who they are as sexual ... or asexual ... human beings. I have students who know that they have been violated or assaulted and those who name their experience(s) while learning about sexual coercion and relational power in class. At the beginning of every semester, I remind students to be compassionate before they speak: "You need to be thoughtful. You need to be kind. Why? You never know what the person beside you has experienced or is experiencing right now. Act and be whom you say you are and aspire to be." I encourage students to be authentic. In a class that is so personal and where vulnerability exists, I try to cultivate safety as a value and as a shared responsibility. Civil discourse is a necessity when exploring difference and sameness.
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Study Group

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Today in my psychology class, I received an Actively Caring for People bracelet from a classmate named Lacey. She told me that she really appreciated me getting a group of people in the class together to study together for our upcoming exam. I didn't realize how much of an impact this simple act would be, but after she recognized me, I realized that even a simple study session can mean a lot to others.
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The Gift Of Leadership

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After an insightful chat with Professor Geller on the phone, I had thought the amount of value he had added to me was to come to an end. Weeks later, I came home to a package from the Professor with two green bands and an autographed book. It was such a thoughtful gift, and I was taken aback by the message and generosity. My friends in the room had a similar reaction. Needless to say, I'll have some great literature keeping me company for the next few days.

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