Honors College Office of the Provost

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

 

About the Week of Service

A Week of Lectures, Films, and Service

After the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service, students should be able to articulate the root causes of poverty, and the propagation of the cycle of poverty. Participants will experience how intentional service can help alleviate poverty and learn about opportunities to serve the community through the Honors College and Auburn University.


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Meet Our Counselors

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

Counselors

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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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Brannan Cliver

“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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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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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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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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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 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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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


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)

Old T-shirts to donate (will be cut up for a craft)


Move-in Information

Students living on campus will move in on Friday, August 11, 2017. 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 11, 2017, 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 Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 9 a.m. so students must be settled into their accommodations by then.


FAQs

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.

Will campus dining be open during the WoS? Limited campus dining locations will be open during the WoS till Thursday 17, August 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? 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.


Course Offering: HONR 1087

Students will have the opportunity to take a one-hour Honor’s 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. 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.


Week of Service Partners

A special thank you to all of our partners! Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity ReStore AU Office of Alumni Affairs AU School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences AU Center for Civic Engagement AU Civic Learning Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts AU McWhorter School of Building Science Storybook Farms AU Government and Economic Development Institute AU Division of Student Affairs Salvation Army of Lee County Mary Ellen’s Hearth St. Margaret’s Service AUM Conference Services Salvation Army of Montgomery The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility Jean Dean RIF Food Bank of East AlabamaFeeding The Valley Food Bank Alabama Possible AU Housing & Residence Life AU Parking Service


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.


Testimonials

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

Counselors

Last modified: August 20, 2019