Experiences within and beyond the Hendrix community in which students are engaged in helping meet the social, environmental and spiritual needs of our time.
Service to the World
Service to the World
experiences engage students in service projects for social agencies, service or
civic organizations, public policy initiatives, or faith communities directly
involved in providing resources, goods, political access, systemic change, or
other services in response to serious human and environmental problems. Both
activities that aim at alleviating present suffering and those that strive for
long term social change are appropriate to this category.
requires a minimum of 30 on-site service hours, exclusive of any service work
done as a part of a New Student Orientation Trip, or the required courses
Explorations and The Engaged Citizen. The student’s hours of service must be
verified on a log sheet provided by the Odyssey Office and signed by the
on-site supervisor or Hendrix sponsor. At the completion of the 30 hours, all
log sheets must be turned in to the Odyssey Office with a Project Completion
and Transcript Notation Form in order to receive Odyssey credit. The 30 hours
need not be completed in one semester or in consecutive semesters. They may be
spread among several projects and over a four-year period. Opportunities exist
for students to complete service hours by participating in, for example, Hendrix College mission trips, summer service fellowships,
internships, and service-learning courses; however, students may also initiate
and propose service projects with other agencies and faith communities.
In addition to
completing at least 30 hours of service, students must participate in a
reflective exercise or set of exercises in which they analyze the social,
ethical, political, environmental, personal and/or religious implications of
what they have seen and undertaken through their Odyssey service experience.
These reflective exercises may be in the form of journals, more formal papers,
or structured discussions during or after the service experience, as arranged
or approved by the Odyssey Office.
of experiential learning activities which might fulfill this category:
COURSES: Any course that requires at least 30 hours of
community service could be eligible for SW coding.
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. This category includes service projects connected with
internships and optional projects completed in conjunction with courses
(modules) that by themselves do not merit Odyssey coding.
ACTIVITIES. Included in this category would be service projects for which
students receive no academic credit. For
example, approved college-sponsored mission trips, summer service fellowships,
and volunteer work would fall under this rubric. Several service experiences may be combined
to fulfill the required 30 hours.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR SW PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
carefully the way in which your project will involve a provision of resources,
goods, political access, systemic change, or other services in response to
serious human or environmental problems.
Note that for
off-campus experiences you must have an on-site supervisor to verify your hours
of service work in addition to a Hendrix sponsor.
If you are interested
in developing a service project, you may wish to consult resources available
through the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling (SLTC 127 or
email@example.com). For civic engagement projects, you
are encouraged to contact the Director of Civic Engagement Projects, Dr. Jay
Barth (SLTC 245 or firstname.lastname@example.org).