Being an Honors College Scholar goes beyond academics. We also serve our communities, whether that be on campus at SOU, in Ashland and the greater Rogue Valley, in the communities we grew up in, or communities across the globe.
Partnering with The Farm at SOU furthers the commitement the Honors College has made to service. The Honors College volunteers formally once every quarter at the Farm. This might include picking or planting food, restoring wetlands, developing the pollunator garden, or working on other projects related to environmental education or organic produce grown on the farm and distributed in the greater Rogue Valley area.
Students are also invited to participate in "drop-in" service days at the Farm.
For more information, visit The Farm at SOU website.
Students volunteering at the Farm, February 2021. Tayah Sager, Nansi Cortes, Taylor Jackson.
Information for Current SOU Honors Scholars
One of the core values of the Honors College is service. All Honors Scholars are expected to provide two days of service (at least two hours each on two different days) each academic year. As an Honors College, we have formally partnered with The FARM at SOU for our days of service. Please mark these dates in your calendar and join us!
February 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
April 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
How do you get credit for your two days of service?
Whenever you serve, it is important to take a moment to reflect on your experience formally. Regardless of whether you serve during and Honors College day of service at the Farm, or by serving within your own community, we ask that you write up a paragraph reflecting on your experience and submit it to the Honors College Moodle page in order to have your participation marked as complete. For more information, visit the Honors College Moodle page.
Other ways to serve...
Serving our Communities in Crisis
The Rogue Valley, particularly north Ashland, Talen, Phoenix, and south Medford, were devastated by a fire that destroyed thousands of homes, displaced even more of our community, and leveled businesses, storage units, and rocked our tight-knit communities. The response in the form of donations of food, clothing, hygeiene essentials, clean-up tools, and more has been overwhelming. As an Honors College, we have redirected our regular commitment to serve our communities to the pressing immediate needs and to the long-term commitment to help rebuild our communities. We do so also in the context of a global pandemic.
The following links will take you to resources for those in need and a list of organizations helping for those ready to serve.
Check back regularly for news of how we are making a difference in our communities.
Fires have ravaged other communities where our Honors scholars call home, and the pandemic is global. See below for examples of how two of our Honors Scholars have already made a difference.
Volunteering in response to the CZU Lightning Fires
by Bella McCord
I volunteered at my church to help organize and provide spaces for residents of Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz county who have been evacuated due to the CZU Lightening Fires. I worked the sign-in table where I would check the temperatures of the new residents, and would get them caught up on the guidelines set up by the health supervisor. I also helped to draw up the proper plans for RV parking and the ways we could best utilize our space for the most people.
It was incredibly rewarding and I plan on going back throughout the week to help get more people checked-in. In general I’m amazed at the kindness of others as we had multiple people come throughout the day with donations. So much so that we had to turn them to other shelters in need. I highly suggest finding ways to help out in your town, whether through your church, or your local community center to see what you can do for your home during this hard time, no matter what disaster it’s related too.