Current Week of Service

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

August 11-17, 2018

Find up-to-date information on this year's k(no)w poverty? Week of Service. Information will be added to this page as we receive it. 

Check back often or explore past events to get a good idea what the week of service is all about!

Meet Our Counselors | 2018

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 freshman 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 any 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 freshman year. I am so excited for this year’s freshman 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:  I love reading just about anything, playing video games, hiking, and running.  Since I've come to Auburn, I've also started doing a lot more sports-related things, like playing sand volleyball, frisbee, and racquetball.
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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 Hallman

”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: I love 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: March 7, 2018