The Odyssey Program

Remote Learning Opportunities for Odyssey Credit


During the pandemic, direct interactions with organizations may be more difficult for students. Please use the following list of organizations that have notified us they need volunteers, which could be a great Service to the World experience. 

In addition, we have collected ideas and opportunities for engaged learning that can be done remotely. If you wish to participate in one of these experiences, please email the campus contact to get further information. After that, you can submit a Proposal Form to request credit for the experience.

Faculty and Staff: To notify us of additional opportunities, please visit this link


Spring Semester Virtual Opportunity for Service to the World

If you are interested in law, ethics, or social justice, the Arkansas Elder Justice Odyssey Project is a Spring 2021 opportunity for Service to the World credit.  Through this project, participating students will work with legal, healthcare, and social services partners (including the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, the Little Rock Office of the FBI, and the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative) to host a state-wide virtual Arkansas Elder Justice Conference intended to increase public awareness of legal challenges faced by elders in Arkansas.  For more information about the project, please review this document or contact Dr. Amanda Moore (Office of Career Services and Co-PreLaw Advisor, moorea@hendrix.edu).  Sign up for the project here.

   

REMOTE EXPERIENCE

Campus Contact: Adam Schneider

Email: schneider@hendrix.edu

(If Applicable) Off-campus Point Person:  Yes

Description: Digitization of Biodiversity data

Type of Engaged Learning: Students would work to digitize biodiversity specimen data for use by the broader scientific community. This could also be done collaboratively with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, who is coordinating these efforts across the state. This could include geo-referencing, or transcribing label data, or more, all using a web-based platform.

This would dovetail with ongoing citizen science initiatives:

https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/md68135/notes-from-nature-plants-of-arkansas

https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/md68135/notes-from-nature-capturing-californias-flowers

Odyssey Category: "Professional and Leadership Development","Service to the World","Undergraduate Research"

Start Date: rolling End Date: rolling

Campus Contact Available to Supervise Experience: Yes

           

REMOTE EXPERIENCE

Campus Contact: Peg Falls-Corbitt

Email: fallscorbitt@hendrix.edu

(If Applicable) Off-campus Point Person:  Yes

Description: This entry is more about a kind of experience that I am thinking about using for the SW category. It could be done by individual students, and I am hoping, is adjustable to my Ethics in the Face of Poverty course if we are still online in the spring.  It could be designed as a GA as well if we temporarily drop the "immersion part."

Type of Engaged Learning: Letter writing, either for advocacy purposes or in a pen-pal relationship with a steady patron of some non-profit. For advocacy there would be, e.g., Bread for The World which uses letter writing campaigns to encourage congressional support for US policies beneficial to the food insecure and hungry. I can imagine working with an AR caucus to make a more local version of that. Arkansas Nature Conservancy uses letter campaigns, adn Amnesty International. The pen-pal idea comes from a friend who works with educational programs at a school for children from the Kipsongo slum in Kenya. He connects students there with folks here to exchange letters. I am going to look into whether some local non-profits I have partnered with in the past might be able to use something like that for regular patrons, for example connecting Hendrix students with children in the City of Hope Outreach after-school program. Writing people on death row is probably an option as well.

Odyssey Category: "Global Awareness","Service to the World"

Start Date: rolling End Date: rolling

Campus Contact Available to Supervise Experience: Yes

     

REMOTE EXPERIENCE

Campus Contact: Maureen McClung

Email: mcclung@hendrix.edu

(If Applicable) Off-campus Point Person:  Yes

Description: The "KHDX DJ Experience" is an opportunity offered by KHDX to earn PL credit through hosting a radio show on KHDX, posting podcasts, and writing a blog post for each show, as well as a monthly more in-depth post for the station's blog.

Type of Engaged Learning: Learning goals

  • Develop skills in the operation of radio broadcasting software and on-air performance through hosting a weekly radio show
  • Deliver creative and quality audio content over the station’s FM transmission and via the webstream. This content should be consistent with the mission and policies of Hendrix College and the radio station
  • Explore the role of radio as a contemporary medium for entertainment, news, and education
  • Deepen musical knowledge through exploring shows of your fellow DJs, other musical genres, and participating in KHDX events (attending/working concerts, interviewing musicians, etc.)
  • Contribute meaningfully to the diversity and level of excellence to which KHDX strives

Odyssey Category: "Professional and Leadership Development"

Start Date: Rolling           End Date: Must be completed within 2 years from start date

Other details: In order to qualify for PL Odyssey credit, you must complete the following requirements within 2 years of beginning the project:

  • Log 100 hours of work for the station
  • Post (on the KHDX blog) one podcast with description per weekly radio show hosted*
  • Post (on the KHDX blog) at least one other entry each month*
  • Write a 3-5 page reflection paper upon the completion of your DJ experience
  • Blog posts and hours logs will be examined at the end of each semester to check your progress.**

Campus Contact Available to Supervise Experience: Yes

     

REMOTE EXPERIENCE

Campus Contact: Alexandra Veselka-Bush

Email: veselka-bush@hendrix.edu

(If Applicable) Off-campus Point Person:  Yes

Description: I am currently working on developing a nonprofit website with an interdisciplinary team of birth works, artists, and activists with resources for queer parents giving birth and/or adopting. The website will provide training for birth workers, postpartum workers, parents, and others. It will also have birth stories, postpartum stories, and other resources. As part of the project,  we are currently developing a social media presence to add awareness. Students could help in a myriad of ways and gain experience doing some public scholarship. Students could assist in the collecting of birth stories and transcription of them; they could work on the social media team helping to get information through the creation of content; they could help us look for or develop queer affirming resources and trainings. Everything is being done remotely.

Type of Engaged Learning: Student would learn about intersectional frameworks for reproductive justice projects; they would learn how to do public scholarship; the would learn how to use education to advance social justice activism; they would learn to collect data ethically; they would learn how to utilize social media to advance public scholarship; they would learn more about the nuances of gender by engaging with the queer community.

Odyssey Category: "Artistic Creativity","Undergraduate Research","Special Projects"

Start Date: rolling End Date: rolling

Campus Contact Available to Supervise Experience: Yes

     

REMOTE EXPERIENCE

Campus Contact: J.D. Gantz

Email: gantz@hendrix.edu

(If Applicable) Off-campus Point Person:  Yes

Description: Students will develop and create content for a biology education program. We will collaborate to produce biology lesson plans for classrooms at all levels. Content will be presented in the form of recorded videos, worksheets, and reflection prompts. We will distribute these materials to science teachers around Arkansas.

Type of Engaged Learning: Students will collaborate with me to create educational content. Much of their work will be done independently by gathering information, designing lesson plans, and writing or recording content to be posted on our website. I will help provide ideas, edit materials, and give feedback throughout the process.

Odyssey Category: "Artistic Creativity","Professional and Leadership Development","Service to the World","Special Projects"

Start Date: Rolling           End Date: Rolling

Campus Contact Available to Supervise Experience: Yes

   

REMOTE EXPERIENCE

Campus Contact: Hope Coulter

Email: coulter@hendrix.edu

(If Applicable) Off-campus Point Person:  

Description: Serving as an online tutor for AR Kids Read (where Dr. Dionne Jackson is now Executive Director, and where Hendrix student Amy Cabrero has interned)

Type of Engaged Learning: Meeting with schoolchildren in a virtual environment to read to and with them and help them with English language skills

Odyssey Category: "Service to the World"

Start Date: Rolling           End Date: Rolling

Other details: Because of the unusual start to school this year, it's taking a little time to process volunteers and match them with their students. We're already offering Murphy Scholar credit for this experience (roughly a semester's worth; if it doesn't get going soon enough this fall, we'll require that the Scholars continue it this spring to get their MS credit).

Campus Contact Available to Supervise Experience: Yes