BYU’s College of Nursing and the Marriott School of Management will make the elderly their Valentines this year.
BYU’s Student Nurse Association, along with retirement home The Seville, have organized a Sweethearts Dance for Feb. 15.
The dance is the Student Nurse Association’s service activity for February and was planned by Sammy Webber, the club’s service director. She contacted The Seville to ask for help to plan the event, but the retirement home only asked for students to attend.
“It will be fun for us to get out and brighten those people’s faces,” Webber said. “Spending time and talking to them is really important and something they need, they need someone to be their friend.”
The Seville has a Sweethearts Dance every year and the Student Nurse Association has participated in them before.
“A lot of us are service-oriented,” Strong said, “so it’s great to incorporate social and service at the same time.”
Strong contacted Beck Laing, president of the Event and Venue Management Club at the Marriott School, so students in both clubs could interact with people outside of their programs. Laing has been involved by promoting the activity among business students.
“We want to get interaction with a different group on campus,” Webber said. “We’re mainly girls so we try to have activities with the business school or the accounting program to get some male-female interaction.”
Linda Nelson, the enrichment coordinator at The Seville, is looking forward to the event because she feels the students bring life to The Seville.
“It’s good to have young people interact with seniors,” Nelson said. “Over time they develop strong bonds and seniors become their grandparents in a way.”
All students are invited to attend and are welcome to bring parents and grandparents.
The dance will be held at The Seville, located at 325 W Center St. in Orem. It will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The CB Jazz band will perform and attendants will enjoy refreshments and bonding opportunities.