Eastern Michigan University

Kindness is Contagious

by Ashley Hutcherson, Published February 19, 2015RAK Story

For many, letting someone merge in front of you on the highway or lending a pencil on exam day is all the kindness needed to make someone's day. For the Alumni Association, the chance to participate in the International Random Acts of Kindness Week was the perfect time to spread kindness to the University.

Random Acts of Kindness Week was created to promote kindness throughout communities, from February 9 through 15, people were encouraged to engage in activities or small gestures of kindness.

The EMU Alumni Association started the week off with a social media push, creating awareness about Random Acts of Kindness Week and challenging the EMU alumni and community to participate.

On Wednesday, when EMU students left campus parking lots, Alumni Association "Kindness Ambassadors" were handing out free parking vouchers.

At the end of the week, in honor of Valentine's Day, the Kindness Ambassadors passed out boxes of Sweethearts candies to students, faculty and staff.

"We just want to give you this, for all the things you do. We appreciate all your hard work," Kindness Ambassador, Connor Kooyers said while handing out candy to staff in the physical plant.

"This made my afternoon, I love Eastern," Zenia Bahorski, alum and professor, in Pray-Harrold exclaimed when handed a box of candies and an alumni pin.

The Alumni Association wasn't the only group dishing out kindness; it was spreading all over campus. Doors were being held open to free lunches, kindness was contagious!

Courtney Rice, a student near Sill Hall shared her experience in EMU's dining commons, saying that someone offered to pay for her lunch that day. "And on grilled cheese Friday, no less," Rice said excitedly.

We'd love to hear your encounters with kindness ambassadors or even when you took the role as one yourself... And if you haven't, it's never too late to share in the fun! Kindness is contagious.