An important part of being a member of the Honors College is demonstrating leadership by serving the extended community. All Honors College students must complete at least 20 volunteer service hours per academic year (fall/spring). Qualifying community service activities include Honors service projects, university-wide projects, some kinds of religious service, and work with non-profit organizations.
In 2009, the Honors College launched its groundbreaking service-research partnership with the neighboring City of Sweetwater. Since then, students have researched community issues, implemented projects to enhance the residents’ quality of life, interned in City offices, and assisted with numberless Sweetwater events. Over the years, Honors has, among other things, run tutoring and fitness programs with the Li’l Abner Mobile Home Park, which houses almost a third of Sweetwater’s residents; held an annual “Evening with the Arts,” built a community garden, and run a girls’ basketball program with the elementary school; planted trees along the 8th Street canal; conducted Citizenship preparation classes; and taught seniors basic computer communication skills. Meanwhile, dozens of Honors students gained invaluable experience as interns with the City.
Advantages for students in participating in our Sweetwater partnership include a proximity to campus, an opportunity to help shape the “UniversityCity” concept, and many different ways to participate.
We will have these listed soon.
Documenting your service hours
Log on to MyHonors to record your hours.