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 (SW) 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.
Odyssey credit 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.
Examples of experiential learning activities which might fulfill this category:
Any course that requires at least 30 hours of community service could
be eligible for SW coding.
Individualized 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.
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
Special Considerations for Service to the World (SW) Projects and Activities
Please consider 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 firstname.lastname@example.org). For civic engagement projects, you are encouraged
to contact the Director of Civic Engagement Projects, Dr. Jay Barth (SLTC 245 or