Cathy Kramer, Dean of Service, Ext. 3774
Brooke Millsaps, Director of Service-Learning, Ext. 3015
Shuli Archer, Director of Student Engagement, Ext. 3775
Karen Kyle, Service Coordinator, Ext. 3065
Ransom Service-Learning Center
The mission of the Warren Wilson College Service Program is to prepare students for effective community engagement. We fulfill our mission by:
As a result of participation in the Warren Wilson Service Program students will develop the following:
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 demonstrate a measurable level of learning in all four PEGS. Each student’s progress is also reviewed in the second semester of the sophomore year and the first semester of the senior year. Details regarding the demonstration of completion for each PEG are available on the Service Program Website.
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 area available on the service program website.
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.
Each year a graduating senior is awarded the Frederick Ohler 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.
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-twenty-five Warren Wilson students participate in the Bonner Leadership program (http://www.bonner.org/), and their efforts are centralized through the College's Service Program Office.
As a student crew through the Warren Wilson College Work Program, Bonner Leaders dedicate 15 hours per week to the establishment and leadership of community engagement activities such as co-curricular and service-learning projects, alternative break trips and issue education workshops. Bonners spend part of their 15 hours of work in the office, and the rest of their crew time in the larger community participating in and leading service projects. Educational opportunities include coordinating and managing several on-campus events, learning techniques for group reflection and leading subsequent reflection sessions, instructing issue-based workshops, establishing partnerships with community agencies, learning basic principles of leadership and applying them to local service projects, and learning and employing various types of publicity and documentation.