Elizabeth Luminoso '13
Randolph-Macon College students have a long tradition of helping others through
community service. A monthly award program honors students for their volunteer efforts.
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 great 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
The following SERVE awards were presented for February 2013:
The Above and Beyond award was presented to Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.This award is given
to the student organization that excels in service and philanthropic giving.
Kappa Alpha Theta completed 138 hours of service and donated $442.50 to the Kappa
Alpha Theta Foundation.
“Forty-eight sisters participated in our recent community-service project,” says
Kappa Alpha Theta CEO Lena Wallace ’14. “Our chocolate-rose sale,
held in February, benefited the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, which aids in scholarships
for sisters and promotes service events.” Blycie Bailey ’16 and
Anne Louise Schwabenton ’14 led the event.
“Kappa Alpha Theta is delighted to win the SERVE Award,” says Wallace. “It is inspiring
what each sister brings to the chapter and to see how enthusiastic we become as
a whole with community- service events. Our teamwork is incredible. The sisters
led a successful event and I am excited for Kappa Alpha Theta’s future.”
The winner of the Round of Applause Award was Elizabeth Luminoso ’13,
who completed 60 hours of service in February. This award is given to the student
who excels in service and philanthropic giving.
Luminoso, a religious studies and
English major, earned her 60 hours during January
Term (J-term) with Habitat for Humanity.
Sociology Professor Beth Gill and her students traveled to Guatemala, where
they helped build houses for those in need.
“It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget,” says Luminoso, who
is minoring in journalism. “That type of
volunteering, the kind where you are completely out of your element, is what volunteering
is all about for me. I am honored to receive this award. It is wonderful to be part
of a community that puts such an importance on giving back; that kind of energy
really keeps me motivated.”