Honors College Office of the Provost

k(no)w poverty? Week of Service | 2020


Meet the Media Staffers:

2020 k(no)w poverty? Week of Service

Registration is now open!

Check your Auburn University email or our social media sites for a direct link to register.

Important Updates:

The 2020 k(no)w poverty? Week of Service will be offered in a virtual format this year. The event will still take place August 7-14, but will be offered via Canvas course to participating students.

There will be no fee charged to students this year, and there will be no limit to the number of participants.

Applications will still open on July 13 - keep an eye on our social media accounts for more information.

Though the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 has moved Week of Service online, the Honors College staff and Week of Service counselors are still excited to provide an engaging experience to our incoming freshmen!


Head Counselors

Lora Bozeman


Hometown: Beulah, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience

Ian Sanderson


Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Lauren Walters


Hometown: Dacula, Georgia

Major: Biochemistry


Brandan Belser


Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Major: Political Science

Erin Casolaro


Hometown: Fairhope, Alabama

Major: Accounting and Philanthropic Non Profit Studies

Zana Christjohn


Hometown: Wedowee, Alabama

Major: Literature and History

Caleb Kirk


Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Major: Chemical Engineering

Maggie McGuire


Hometown: Cullman, Alabama

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Stephen Morris


Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Major: Political Science

Chloe Moore


Hometown: York, South Carolina
Major: Microbiology (Pre-vet)

Sam Prickett


Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama

Major: Finance

Grace Reilein


Hometown: Yokosuka, Japan

Major: Global Studies

Maritza Spott


Hometown: Schereville, Indiana

Major: Software Engineering

Media Staffers

Trevor Romaine

Lead Media Staffer


Hometown: Laurel, Maryland

Major: Civil Engineering and Spanish

Mike Kassels


Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Major: Chemical Engineering


Why should I participate in the virtual Week of Service?

Even though the Week of Service is being offered virtually this year, you can still learn a lot about the issue of poverty in the Auburn community and nationwide. You will also get the opportunity to meet some of your fellow Honors peers, make new friends, and even earn Honors College course credit before your first semester of college!

What can I expect to learn from the virtual Week of Service?

Beyond doing service projects for the local community, we will be having daily lectures, discussions, films, and speakers covering numerous topics related to poverty, both locally and nationally. We will have many in-depth discussions on the aspects of poverty and the far reaching effects they have. We hope to give you the information you need to be aware of what is happening right outside Auburn’s campus so that you can go beyond the Week of Service to serve your community.

How will the service aspect be implemented?

Due to the circumstances we are facing right now, we are not able to do hands-on service in the community. However, the Honors Week of Service will still have participants doing service for the surrounding Auburn community from home. Furthermore, Honors Serves, one of our Honors College student organizations, can provide Auburn Honors students with many hands-on service opportunities post-Week of Service and throughout your time at Auburn.

What time commitments should I expect?

The virtual Week of Service will run from Friday, August 7 to Friday, August 14. Each day of the Week of Service will consist of several 2-hour service opportunities in the morning and in the afternoon. We will also have film screenings, community guest speaker videos, and group discussions throughout each day. Finally, there will be opportunities for participants to be involved in fun, optional activities during lunch breaks and after dinner breaks. Participants should expect to engage in Week of Service activities throughout each day.

What do I need to do to prepare for the virtual Week of Service?

Internet access! Participants will need to make sure they have a device that is capable of joining Zoom meetings and accessing the Canvas course. This can be via phone or a computer, but it does not have to have a webcam feature on it. For a few of our service activities you will also need paper and a writing utensil

What programs/apps will be used during the Week of Service?

The only required programs are Canvas and Zoom. Both are provided through Auburn University. Other online programs may be used for the optional activities and will be communicated during the week. Further details on accessing both Canvas and Zoom will be sent to all registered participants prior to the start of the Week of Service.

What is the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service class?

This class is a 1 credit hour Honors College participation course (i.e. graded as Pass or Fail). It will be added to your Fall 2020 schedule. This class will allow students to earn Honors course credit for their participation in the 2020 k(no)w poverty? Week of Service. The class will not meet in person during the Fall semester. All requirements will be completed during the Week of Service. The requirements are showing up to all mandatory aspects of the Week of Service and participating in discussions. There are no tests, quizzes, or projects associated with the Week of Service or this course.

How can I sign up for the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service class?

During WoS registration, you will indicate whether you would like to receive 1 credit hour of Honors Lyceum for participating in the Week of Service. Honors College staff will then register students in the class.

Course Offering

Week of Service participants have the opportunity to gain credit towards completion of the Honors curriculum. Students must request to be placed in this class after participating in the Week of Service if it was not indicated during the Week of Service registration process. Requests can be made to Celeste Waugh or Yvette Stone.

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.


Further Information

Registration opens after all Camp War Eagle activities on July 13, 2020. (Students will be notified via email and social media)

If you have additional questions about this year's k(no)w poverty? Week of Service please feel free to contact our program co-directors: Celeste Waugh or Yvette Stone via email, and they will assist you.

Last modified: July 13, 2020