Maggie Cookson '15: "I believe that in order to grow you must learn to appreciate
what you have."
Randolph-Macon College students have a long tradition of helping others through
community service. A new monthly award program honors students for their volunteer
SERVE (Students Engaged
in Responsible Volunteer Experiences) awards are given to individuals and organizations
that excel at giving back to the community.
“This is a way for us to highlight and honor the great work that students are doing,”
says Jayme Watkins, coordinator of co-curricular programs. Watkins also oversees
the SERVE program and student organizations; advises the Service Fellows; and co-advises
the Panhellenic Council. “Students can record their volunteer hours via OrgSync,
an online program. The monthly award winners are chosen based on their number of
reported hours and, when applicable, the number of donations they have collected.”
The Above and Beyond Award, which is presented to the organization
with the most service hours or philanthropic giving, was given to the
Service Fellows for the month of October.
“The Service Fellows spearheaded Stop Hunger Now efforts and collected more than
$2,500 for this meal-packaging event,” says Watkins. “The 21 members earned 181.75
hours of community service through fundraising efforts that included raffles, parents’
weekend activities, and a dodge ball tournament. The Service Fellows also hosted
a ‘Jeans Day’ for faculty and staff, in which employees could wear jeans to work
in exchange for a $5.00 donation to
Stop Hunger Now.”
The Round of Applause Award, which is presented to the individual
with the most service hours or philanthropic giving, was awarded to Maggie Cookson
’15 for the month of October.
Cookson, an environmental studies
and communication studies major
with a minor in chemistry, serves as the risk-management
coordinator for Alpha
Gamma Delta and the social-medial coordinator and webmaster for the Campus
Events Committee. In addition, she is a member of Greek Ministries,
Leadership Fellows, Macon Outdoors, Panhellenic Council,
Pre-Health Society, Relay for Life, Service Fellows, Sign Language Club,
and the Yellow Jacket Newspaper.
Through her work with the Service Fellows and Alpha Gamma Delta, Cookson earned
46.75 hours in the month of October.
“I believe that in order to grow you must learn to appreciate what you have,” says
Cookson. “I find joy in helping others and being of service to my community.”