10.0.0 The Service Program

Service Program Office

Cathy Kramer, Dean of Service, Ext. 3774
Brooke Millsaps, Director of Service-Learning, Ext. 3015
Shuli Archer, Director of Student Engagement, Ext. 3775
Service Program Manager, Ext. 3065
Ransom Service-Learning Center

10.1.0 Mission Statement

The mission of the Warren Wilson College Service Program is to prepare students for effective community engagement. We fulfill our mission by:

10.2.0 Learning Principles (Student Outcomes)

As a result of participation in the Warren Wilson Service Program students will develop the following:

Self knowledge

Understanding of complex issues

Capacity for leadership

Commitment to community engagement

10.3.0 Community Engagement Commitment

(For students with first-year or sophomore standing in 2013-2014, and/or were enrolled in a first year seminar in fall of 2012 or spring or fall of 2013)

The mission of Warren Wilson College includes preparing students for service, leadership, and meaningful lifelong work and learning. As part of this Triad educational program, completion of a Community Engagement Commitment is one of the requirements for graduation. Students meet the Commitment by progressing through four different Points of Engagement and Growth (PEGS):

By graduation, students will demonstrate a measurable level of learning in all four PEGS. Student’s progress will be supported by advisors and reviewed periodically to monitor successful progress.

10.3.1 Points of Engagment and Growth (PEGs)

1. Self- knowledge:

    Demonstration of PEG:

 2. Understanding of complex issues:
    Demonstration of PEG 2:

    A) Participation in a course, issue workshop, weekly or break trip designated as a PEG 2 experience.

   B) Completing the three items listed below:

3. Capacity for leadership:
     Demonstration of PEG 3:

4. Commitment to community engagement:
     Demonstration of PEG 4:

10.4.0 Service Requirement

(For continuing students and new transfer students who have junior or senior standing in fall of 2013-2014 and were not enrolled in a first year seminar in fall 2012 or spring or fall of 2013)

Each student must complete 100 hours of community service, at least 25 hours of which must relate to a single issue area. Of the 100 hours, 60 must be completed before a student registers for classes for their final year.

In addition, students must complete an Extended Service Project paper or presentation (ESP) reflecting on their experiences with the 25 hours of service in a single issue area. Guidelines for the ESP are available on the service program website.

10.4.1 Documentation of Service Hours

Students submit Service Verification Forms to the Service Program Office to have service hours recorded on their transcripts. Hours must be recorded on the transcript to meet the service requirement. Hours completed during the summer will be credited toward the next academic year as long as the student maintains enrollment. To be considered community service, work is generally done in partnership with an organization or agency outside of the college. Specific guidelines related to approved community partners and special circumstances are available through the Service Program Office.

10.5.0 Student Recognition

Each year a graduating senior is awarded the Frederick Oehler Service Award for exceptional service to the community while a student at Warren Wilson. In addition, 8-10 seniors with outstanding records of service are honored at the Senior Service Awards ceremony on the Friday afternoon prior to May graduation.

10.6.0 Bonner Leadership Program

The Warren Wilson Bonner Leaders Work Crew program is supported in part through the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, which provides funding, training and technical assistance to community service and service-learning scholarship and leadership programs at colleges and universities across the eastern United States. Twenty to twenty-five Warren Wilson students participate in the Bonner Leadership program, and their efforts are centralized through the College's Service Program Office.