History of the Motto
The motto "non ministrari sed ministrare," is not just a saying at Queens but a way of life for all students, faculty, and staff. Giving to others is one of the core principles that are taught at Queens. Queens University of Charlotte got the motto in 1930. The motto was adopted from Chicora College for Women's seal when the school merged with Queens University of Charlotte. Non ministrari sed ministrare replaced the original Queens College motto of nisi dominus frustra which translates as 'without the lord, everything is in vain'. The new motto is now found on current seal of Queens.
Ever since 1930 Queens has lived this motto. Students now do many different forms of services. Since then community service was held under student life, and now has its own office in the Queens University of Charlotte Center for Active Citizenship. In 2011 and 2012 Students, faculty, and staff were challenged to do over 75,000 hours of community service. The Queens community exceeded this goal and completed 80,353 service hours. Whether it is in the Core class where students do service projects in the charlotte community, through various clubs and organization and Greek life, or on international mission trips, the students of Queens University are changing the world around them.