Current Week of Service

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The 2018 k(no)w poverty? Week of Service

August 11-17, 2018

Online registration is now closed. Thank you!

About the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service

  • Open to first 100 registrants | Incoming Honors freshmen
  • This is an optional activity available to incoming Honors College freshmen
  • Due to timing, the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service conflicts with fall formal recruitment and band camp
  • Participate in lectures, films, and community service focused on this year's theme: the working poor
  • OSHA Safety Training
  • Three (3) days of service with several organizations including:
    • Alabama Rural Ministry
    • Salvation Army
    • Jean Dean RIF
  • Registration opens after all Camp War Eagle Sessions (July 18, 2018) | Students will be notified and provided a registration link via email and social media
  • A $50 fee*, includes lunches, welcome dinner, two breakfasts, and supplies.
  • Optional activities included to meet students before and during program.

* Students with documented financial need may contact the Honors College for possible waive of fees


Items to Bring to your Week of Service

Closed-Toe Shoes, Work Clothes, Work Gloves, Reusable Water Bottles, Sunscreen, Personal Bag (small drawstring bag will do), and Old T-shirts to donate (will be cut up for a craft)

Move-in Information

Students living on campus will move in on Monday, August 6, 2018. 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. This fee will also be waived for students who wish to volunteer with University Housing for 2-3 hours during the university wide move-in event on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Students living off campus should move-in on or before Friday, August 10, 2018. 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 the morning of Saturday, August 11, 2018, 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.

What will transportation look like?

Many activities are on-campus and walking distance from dorms and on-campus parking. Participants may drive or carpool with other participants, or counselors to off-campus locations. Pickups can be arranged for off-campus students without transportation.

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.

Will campus dining be open during the WoS?

Limited campus dining locations will be open during the WoS till Thursday, August 16, when regular dining operations will commence.

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 optional 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?

See “Course Offerings."

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.

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 2018. 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.

Here are all the combinations of courses that are allowed for Week of Service participants in Fall 2018:

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 2019 for Week of Service participants which will allow students to obtain six (6) credits total from their Week of Service participation.


Meet Our Counselors | 2018

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Head Counselors

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Matthew Ergle

The Week of Service is such an eye-opening experience for everyone involved. It provides excellent opportunities to meet fellow honors students and staff, learn about poverty alleviation tactics, and serve the communities in and around Auburn University.

Hometown: Abbeville, South Carolina

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Interests/Hobbies: Undergraduate Research, Running, Hiking, Soccer, and Music

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Mitchell Tate

The 2017 Week of Service was an empowering time for me as a counselor because I was able to see the massive impact the incoming freshmen had on the lives of many individuals.

Hometown: Columbiana, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Interests/Hobbies: Sports, Traveling, and Boating


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Reid Carter

Starting my time at Auburn with the Week of Service was something I wouldn’t change for the world. I’m looking forward to leading incoming freshmen on the best ways to serve their community.

Hometown: New Albany, Indiana

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Interests/Hobbies: Volleyball, Baking, Music, and Traveling

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Sasha Cohen

I can’t think of a better start to my freshman year than the Week of Service. It was such a great experience! I had so much fun meeting new people and growing as a person through all of the service we did! I encourage it to all incoming Honors freshmen!

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Major: Pre-Architecture

Interests/Hobbies: Playing piano, Watching Netflix, Reading, Napping, and Cheering for Auburn sports

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Ada Ruth Huntley

The week of service was an amazing way for me to make friends within the Honors College as well as learn of the issue of poverty that people around me face every day. I truly cannot think of a better way to have started my college career, and I would encourage this program to any incoming Honors student.

Hometown: Clanton, Alabama

Major: Nutrition, Pre-Dietetics
Minor: Hunger Studies

Interests/Hobbies: Running, Yoga, Tennis, Any spectator sport, Music, Cooking, Trying new foods, and Blogging

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Matt Miller

The Week is Service was an amazing, eye-opening experience for me to start my freshman year. I am so excited for this year’s freshmen to learn about poverty in our community and make plenty of new friends just like I did.

Hometown: Mason, Ohio

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Interests/Hobbies: Running, Hiking, Music, and Ultimate frisbee

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Brandon Rowand

I can't possibly think of a better way to have started my Freshman year than with the Week of Service!  Coming to campus early gave me a chance to get acclimated and make so many friends, and I loved the opportunity to make a difference in the community that the week provided.

Hometown:  Bear Creek, Alabama

Major:  Psychology

Interests/Hobbies: Reading just about anything, Playing video games, Hiking, and Running.

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Brannan Cliver

Week of Service was an incredible opportunity that I learned so much from. I can’t wait to grow and share this experience with incoming Honors students!

Hometown: Weatherford, Texas

Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Horseback riding, Hiking, Drawing, and Being outside

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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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Tyler Lancaster

The week of service is a great experience for a freshman as you begin a new chapter in your life. It truly opened my eyes to so many things involving the issue of poverty in today’s world - near and far. It instills a passion for service and a I am so thankful that I was able to experience this and I can’t wait to share that experience with so many people in 2018!

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Running, Eating, Traveling, Hunting, Going to the beach, Boating, and Netflix

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Sarah Ray

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!

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Katie Whitehead

I am super excited for the Week of Service with the other counselors and incoming Honors students. From making lifelong friends and great connections in the Honors College to serving the community, this week will be great start to students college career here at Auburn!

Hometown: Mason, Ohio

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, and Reading


We asked last year's participants what the best aspect of the Week of service was for them:

"This week was so worthwhile. I wasn't sure what to expect except that [we] would be doing "work, hard work." I learned so much from this week not only about poverty (although my eyes were certainly opened) but about making connections with people. I made connections with people who ran the worksite, with my counselors, with fellow participants, and I'm very grateful for that. I didn't expect to have as much fun as I had, and if I had been on the fence before I came, I'm definitely not now."

"It felt like I was making a difference in this community."

"I came to Auburn from out of state with no friends, and the small size of the group of week of service participants allowed me to work closely with others to make new friends."

"It was amazing to see the effects of poverty, and how people in different situations are doing small things to help others."

"Week of Service allowed me to gain a close group of friends with similar interests before I had to dive right into classes. I think it was incredibly beneficial and fun."

"It allowed for learning as well as making meaningful connections with others."


Week of Service "Top Five Reasons Why"

Our current counselors shared their perspective on the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service and a few things they learned along the way.

Head Counselors


Last modified: July 25, 2018