Honors College Office of the Provost

k(no)w poverty? Week of Service | 2019

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2019 k(no)w poverty? Week of Service


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Head Counselors

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Hayleigh Hallam

"The Week of Service provided me with the best possible start to my college experience. It gave me the opportunity to meet and serve with such wonderful people in our community, as well as form incredible friendships and memories with other Honors students."

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

Interests/Hobbies: Exploring new places, baseball, football, going to concerts, coffee, hiking and dogs

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Sarah Ray

"The Week of Service gave me a greater understanding of poverty at a local, national, and international level. It was a humbling way to begin my time at Auburn and I hope everyone who participates will feel the same way!"

Hometown: Wetumpka, Alabama

Major: Language Arts Secondary Education

Interests/Hobbies: Tennis, traveling, reading and writing!


Austin Blanton

"The Week of Service was the best way that I could have started my career as an Auburn student. Not only did it help to connect me to my peers, but also to expose me to the pressing issues that both the Auburn community and our country as a whole face. I am excited to share this unique experience with incoming students in 2019!"

Hometown: Hoover, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences & Neuroscience

Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, tennis and cats

Lora Bozeman

"The Week of Service was a very eye-opening experience that allowed me to connect to campus and the community. I think it is the perfect start to anyone’s Auburn experience. I can’t wait to share this experience with the incoming Honors students!"

Hometown: Beulah, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, painting, playing any kind of sport, hiking, traveling and drinking coffee

Austin Hamlin

"The Week of Service was absolutely the best way to start my freshman year. I had the chance to both learn about a serious issue and also help out members of our community. Getting to work alongside fellow Honors Students and my counselors and form friendships before I entered my fall semester was an amazing resource."

Hometown: Pell City, Alabama

Major: Computer Science

Interests/Hobbies: Music, food, hiking and fishing

Jack Janik

"The Week of Service is such an eye-opening experience because it sheds light on the issue of poverty from a different perspective. Throughout the week, I learned a lot and developed friendships that made the transition to college much easier. See you this summer!"

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, running, hiking  and lake activities

Riley Locke

"I cannot think of a better way to have spent my first two weeks as an Auburn student! It was truly an eye-opening experience that made me think long and hard about poverty and food insecurity. It also challenged me and made me grow as a person on many different fronts. I highly recommend this opportunity to any incoming freshman!"

Hometown: Clanton, Alabama

Major: Computer Science

Interests/Hobbies: Tennis, reading, listening to music and watching HBO/Netflix shows

Triston Long

"I am so glad that I participated in the Week of Service! It allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and make new friends within the Honors College while also giving me an extra week to learn my way around Auburn's campus and community. I can't wait to meet all of the incoming Honors Freshman during the 2019 Week of Service!"

Hometown: Walnut Hill, Florida

Major: Computer Science

Interests/hobbies: Music, Netflix, programming and playing video games

Katie Martin

"The Week of Service embodies everything that Auburn is about, and I cannot wait to share this experience with the incoming Honors freshmen. You don’t want to miss this!"
Hometown: Wetumpka, Alabama
Major: Law and Justice
Interests/hobbies: Dogs, Auburn football, sushi, traveling and watching Netflix/Hulu

Morgan Millikan

"The 2018 Week of Service was a great way to serve and changed my whole perspective on poverty and how it can be right in our own backyard. With the information I gained, it makes me want to challenge myself and others to share this information, so together we can make a difference not just in Auburn, but around our country."

Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Hobbies/Interests: Track and Field, eating, watching Netflix and traveling

Isaac Niedzwiecki

"The Week of Service was the best way I could have kicked off my Auburn experience. It changed my perspective on the world around me while also allowing me to begin my college life with a close group of friends and mentors. I’m very excited to be able to share my experience and help lead others in finding their passion for service!"

Hometown: Athens, Alabama

Major: Undeclared Pre-Med

Interests/Hobbies: Sports, hiking, traveling, going to the Rec and watching Netflix

Ian Sanderson

"Starting out my college experience with Week of Service was the best decision I could have ever made as a freshman college student. Serving alongside my peers for a week enabled me to build lasting relationships as well as learn about opportunities auburn offers for serving the community."

Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies: Playing the piano, exercise, cooking, hiking and basketball

Lauren Walters

"The Week of Service was a great way to start my college experience because of the amazing people I got to meet and the incredible experiences the week had to offer. I would encourage any incoming freshman to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!"

Hometown: Dacula, Georgia

Major: Biochemistry

Interest/Hobbies: Reading, traveling, being outdoors and music

William West

"The Week of Service provided me with such a great start to my college experience as I learned about poverty and served around Auburn. I learned a ton and made many friends within the Honors College. My perspective on poverty changed in a big way, and I can't wait to share that experience as a counselor for the 2019 Week of Service!"

Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Music, cooking, camping and sports

Items to bring to your Week of Service

Closed-toed shoes

Yard-work clothes

Bug spray


Reusable water bottles

Rain jacket

T-shirts for optional tie-dye and dog toy making

Move-in Information

Students living on campus will move in on Friday, August 9, 2019. An Early Housing Move-In Fee of $90 will be charged to the student. If this fee is unaffordable, and the student shows documented financial need, please contact Dr. Ken Thomas via email. Students living off campus should move in on Friday, August 9, 2019 as well. Students living off campus will need to arrange permission with their residencies (apartment owners, landlord’s, etc.) to move in on this date. Some places have different move-in dates.

If university documentation is required for an early move in, contact Dr. Thomas via email and he will assist you. Service Training will begin on the evening of Friday, August 9, 2019, so students must be settled into their accommodations by then.

Do I need a car to participate?

No, participants are free to drive, but transportation will be provided for those without vehicles.

Do I need to live on campus to participate?

No, any incoming Honors College Freshman is eligible to apply.

Will I get to move into my actual on-campus room if I participate in the WoS?

Yes you will. Housing will send out specific instructions on when and where to get your room key.

Housing move-in registration is open, what should I do? Register or not?

Yes, register for move-in as if you are not attending the program. If selected, the Honors College will notify you, and place you on a modified move-in schedule.

Are meals provided during the WoS?

Most meals are provided during the WoS. A schedule is provided that clearly indicates when and where meals and snacks will be provided. Participants with special dietary restrictions will be accommodated as much as possible.

Can I participate with dietary restrictions?

Yes, we will work with you to ensure your needs are met.

Where can we park during the WoS?

Students that live both on and off campus will be allowed to park on campus during the WoS based on an arrangement with Parking Services. Participants that are accepted into the program will be notified of designated areas for parking in advance of arriving on campus.

Will I have the opportunity to do other activities during the WoS?

The WoS runs all day with mandatory and option activities at night. In order to be fully immersed in serving and getting to know fellow freshmen, it is recommended that participants not be involved in any other activities that week.

What is the k(no)w poverty? WoS class?

This class is a 1 credit hour pass/fail Honors College participation course (i.e. does not affect your GPA) that would run in the Fall semester. The class only meets 6 times over the semester. See "Course Offering: HONR 1087."

How can I sign up for the k(no)w poverty? WoS class?

At the time of signing up to participate in the WoS, you will indicate whether you want to be in the class or not. Honors College staff will then place students in the class. This class will remain closed throughout CWE since only participants are eligible to be in this class.

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Course Offerings

Week of Service participants have the opportunity to gain up to five credits towards completion of the Honors curriculum. Students wishing to gain credit will have to register for the associated courses in Fall 2019. Students cannot register for this class at Camp War Eagle. Students must request to be placed in this class after participating in the Week of Service. Requests can be made to Dr. Ken Thomas.

HONR 1087 007 Honors Lyceum: Construction Safety & Health for Service Projects

In this Honors participation course (1 credit hour) students will explore the risks of poor construction and unsafe site practices. The class will meet about four to six times over the course of the semester.

HONR 1087 008 Honors Lyceum: Week of Service

Students will have the opportunity to take this (1 credit hour) Honors participation course. This class will allow students to discuss in a greater depth poverty and possible solutions to poverty beyond community service. The class will meet about four to six times over the course of the semester.

HONR 2087 001 Honors Book Club: Week of Service

This year's k(no)w poverty? Week of Service incorporates two common read books. In this participation course we will continue dissecting both books over the semester.

HONR 3007 001 Honors Seminar: Beyond the Week of Service: Serving to Have a Lasting Impact

This course will give students the opportunity to work on real issues that service providers face in attempting to alleviate poverty. The service providers that students will work with are the ones that we would have worked with during the Week of Service (egs. Salvation Army, Alabama Rural Ministry, Jean Dean Reading is Fundamental). It is envisioned that students will work in teams on a special project that answers a real world or research problem for a service provider. This seminar is a (3 credit hours) academic course and will meet eight to twelve times over the course of the semester.

All combinations of courses allowed for Week of Service participants in Fall 2019:

HONR 1087 007 only (1 credit total)

HONR 1087 008 only (1 credit total)

HONR 2087 001 only (1 credit total)

HONR 1087 007 & HONR 2087 001 (2 credits total)

HONR 1087 008 & HONR 2087 001 (2 credits total)

HONR 3007 001 only (3 credits total)

HONR 1087 007 & HONR 3007 001 (4 credits total)

HONR 1087 007 & HONR 2087 001 & HONR 3007 001 (5 credits total)

An additional (1 credit hour) Honors participation course is offered in Spring 2020 for Week of Service participants which will allow students to obtain six (6) credits total from their Week of Service participation.

Last modified: April 22, 2020