Students cleared debris in the Town of Ashland.
Leadership Through Service Day encourages students to demonstrate leadership through
Sociology Professor Reber Dunkel is the
coordinator of SERVE.
Randolph-Macon College celebrated Leadership Service Day on October 23, 2011. Students
worked throughout the day to clear debris in the Town of Ashland along Mechumps
Creek, from Pufferbelly Park to I-95, and the island at the intersection of College
Avenue and Rt. 1. Leadership Through Service Day is part of
R-MC’s Leadership Fellows Program and is designed to encourage students
to demonstrate leadership through community service.
“The Leadership Fellows Program is a four-year co-curricular experience designed
to prepare students for success through an understanding of the theoretical bedrock
of leadership and its practical application to real-world issues,” says James McGhee,
assistant dean of students. “Leadership Fellows participate in various experiences
such as Leadership Through Service Day, The Annual Student Leadership Conference,
The Leadership Case Study Competition, and The Great Leadership Hunt, which takes
place in Washington, D.C. These experiences tie together the theory and practice
of leadership to produce a holistic understanding of what it means to be a lifelong
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Nearly 60 students participated in the event, representing the Leadership Fellows
Program, the Service Fellows
Program, the College Panhellenic Council,
the Inter-fraternity Council, the Student
Alpha Gamma Delta,
Delta Zeta, Kappa
Kappa Alpha Order, and
Phi Kappa Sigma.
According to R-MC Sociology Professor Reber
Dunkel, the coordinator of Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences
(SERVE), the Leadership Fellows Program
is an excellent example of the innovative programs offered by the
Office of Student Life. “It complements our students’ formal education,”
says Dunkel. “A college program devoted to leadership and community service fosters
civic responsibility and experiential education while simultaneously developing
leadership potential. The entire community reaps the benefits.”
Cleaning and restoring Mechumps Creek has been an interest for R-MC students since
2003, when Environmental Studies
Professor Chas. Gowan and Political Science
Professor Lauren Bell taught “A River Runs Through It,” which was part of the
college’s First-Year-Experience (FYE) pilot program.
In 2010-11, R-MC students collectively amassed almost 8,000 volunteer hours. Nearly
50 students spent an alternative Spring Break in Florida for a combined 950 hours
with Habitat for Humanity and 130 hours for a Haiti Relief project. Students in
R-MC’s Greek organizations contributed more than 4,500 hours of collective service
to the community, collected 550 pounds of canned food, donated 60 inches of hair
to Locks of Love, 21 toys to Toys for Tots and generous funds to various organizations.
In addition, money was raised on campus and donated to the Red Cross & Partners
in Health for the Haiti Earthquake Relief. The SERVE program, in the Office of Student
Life, is an integral part of Randolph-Macon’s Leadership Development and Service