About the Kernodle Center The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement engages students, faculty, staff and community partners in service that benefits the university and its surrounding community. The Kernodle Center houses Elon Volunteers!, a student-led program offering a range of volunteer activities; coordinates Elon’s signature academic service-learning programs and courses; and sponsors alternative break service trips.
Mission The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University, in partnership with local and international communities, advances student learning, leadership and citizenship to prepare students for lives of active community engagement within a complex and changing world. This preparation is grounded in an ethic of service that appreciates multiple perspectives, creates opportunities that are affirming and empowering to all, and responds to the needs of our diverse communities.
• Educate students through curricular and co-curricular experiences encompassing direct service, indirect service and advocacy. • Create and support collaborative and sustainable relationships between faculty, staff, students and community partners. • Encourage personal responsibility and a deeper understanding of societal issues. • Foster creative solutions to social concerns and identified community needs. • Build student leadership, community capacity and faculty and staff engagement.
I am continually impressed with Elon student’s dedication to helping others. They have worked in partnership with faculty and staff to create a campus culture that is committed to serving locally in Burlington, throughout the US, and abroad. This campus ethos was immediately evident on move-in day when hundreds of pounds of schools supplies were collected in donation boxes set up near residence halls. These supplies were sent to school children in war torn Helmond Province, Afghanistan as well as homeless children at Burlington area schools. Students’ service in the local community included tutoring children, volunteering to aid the elderly, assisting persons with disabilities, and raising funds to donate to charities. Elon students even engaged in service during their time off from school helping to address issues such as hunger and homelessness, affordable housing, disaster relief, and rural poverty while serving during their fall and spring breaks. All of this would not be possible without the world-class faculty and staff of Elon University. Faculty and staff members embraced the value of students learning in-and-out of the classroom offering over 50 service learning courses and traveling, locally and internationally, to serve as advisors for service projects. Through it all the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement’s staff kept the focus on student learning and developing mutually beneficial partnerships in the community, thus maintaining Elon University’s place as a leader in service learning and community engagement.
Dr. G. Smith Jackson
Vice President & Dean of Student Life
The mission statements of Elon University and the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement reflect the strong values of our campus and its commitment to community service, which are hallmarks of an Elon education. On behalf of the Kernodle Center, I am happy to report that once again the number of service hours performed by Elon students exceeded 100,000 in 2011-2012. These hours represent a commitment to our communities—locally, nationally, and globally. The Kernodle Center and its campus and community partners are dedicated to serving as community advocates, providing service to meet those needs, and reflecting on these experiences in a manner that demonstrates personal and community change. Our goal is that our students’ experiences with service build a personal ethos of community engagement, advocacy and servant leadership beyond their time at Elon. We recognize that we are all partners in this journey, and I would personally like to express my thanks, admiration and appreciation for our devoted students, faculty and staff who have served our communities. I would also invite all who read this to continue to engage with the Kernodle Center and to reaffirm your lifelong commitment to service and community engagement.
Dr. Jana Lynn Patterson
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
At Elon, service is a way of Life Service is a core value at Elon, and is one of the five Elon Experiences. Service is conducted through sports teams, fraternities and sororities, and a variety of student organizations on campus. Everywhere you look, service is being done at Elon!
In 2011-2012, 2,693 Elon students completed 101,189 hours of service.
Spotlight on Service
“I absolutely love working with EV! because of the service opportunities, atmosphere of the office and attitudes of those within the programs.” – Jessica Elizondo, senior
More than 120
students served as EV! leaders
students went on 10 alternative break trips
Snapshots of 25 Years ‘88 Elon College Habitat for Humanity chapter is chartered.
Elon sends five service trips to Bay St. Louis, MS to provide Hurricane Katrina relief.
Elon Volunteers! (EV!) forms as part of the Chaplain’s Office.
First year of the Service Learning Community.
Elon receives money from the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation to develop two new programs: Community Partnership Initative Grants and LINCS.
Elon is named as one of the top three universities nationwide in the inaugural President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
26,429 hours completed through 52 Academic Service Learning courses Service Learning Faculty Scholars 2011-2012
“Service learning is so important inside and outside the classroom to personal development, and EV! provides Elon students with ample opportunities to learn.” –Rachel Stanley, senior
• Peter Felten, History • Julie Lellis, Communications • Buffy Longmire-Avital, Psychology • Max Negin, Communications • Toddie Peters, Religious Studies • Amanda Sturgill, Communications • Jennifer Uno, Biology
Community Parternship Initiative Grant Recipients 2011-2012 • Sophie Adamson, French • Bill Andrews, Physical Therapy Education • Lucinda Austin, Communications • Joan Barnatt, Education • Alexa Darby, Psychology • Amanda Gallagher, Communications • Martin Kamela, Physics • Doug Kass, Communications • Julie Lellis, Communications • Max Negin, Communications • Rebecca Olmedo, Spanish • Toddie Peters, Religious Studies • Rebecca Pope-Ruark, English • Beth Warner, Human Services Studies
Center for Service-Learning receives endowment gift from the Kernodle family to name the center in honor of John Robert Kernodle, Jr.
17,960 hours completed by graduate school students Awards & Recognition 2011-2012 • • • • • • •
American Red Cross Golden Heart Award for EV! Blood Drives President’s Higher Education Community Service Award Outstanding Service to Students: Mary Leigh Frier Student Organization Member of the Year: Andrew Somers Dr. J Earl Danieley Leadership Award: Katie Kenney Ward Family Learning in Action Award: Kevin Lynch 2012 Newman Civic Fellow: Will Brummett
3,886 pounds of food donated through CKEU
North Carolina Campus Compact forms at Elon.
‘03-’04 Pam Kiser named first Kernodle Center Faculty Development Fellow for Academic Service-Learning.
Elon is named one of five recipients of The Washington Center’s inaugural Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.
The Elon University Campus Kitchen is founded.
KCSLCE celebrates its 25th anniversary
Kernodle Center Staff
Mary Morrison, Director
Libby Otos, Program Assistant
KCSLCE Advisory Committee Mary Leigh Frier Denlinger, Associate Director
Steve Caldwell, Campus Kitchens Program Coordinator
• Linda Allison - Assistant Director, Alamance County Department of Social Services • Brooke Barnett - Senior Fellow and Advisor to the President and Professor of Communications • David Cooper - Dean, School of Education and Professor of Education
Tammy Cobb, Assistant Director of Community Partnerships
Pam Kiser, Faculty Fellow for Academic Service-Learning
• Peter Felten - Assistant Provost, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of History • Sharon Hodge - Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship • Laurie Lambert - Community Volunteer
Evan Small, Special Programs Coordinator
2999 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
Bud Warner, Faculty Development Fellow
• Deborah Long - Director of the Elon Academy and Professor of Education
• Steve Mencarini - Director of the Center for Leadership • Jason Springer - Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Director of Elon 101 • Jeff Stein - Chief of Staff, Senior Advisor to the President, Secretary to the Board of Trustees & Assistant Professor of English • Eric Townsend - Director of Elon University News Bureau • Rans Triplett - Executive Director, The American Red Cross – Piedmont Carolina Chapter • Tom Vecchione - Executive Director of Career Services • Mary Wise - Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Communications • Lynn Wright -Kernodle Associate Executive Director/ Director of the Teachers Institute North Carolina Humanities Council
Annual Report 2011-2012