Kenny Daniel '16: "It's time to give back."
Alpha Gamma Delta
Randolph-Macon College students have a long tradition of helping others through
community service. 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; advises the National Pan-Hellenic Council; and co-advises
the College Panhellenic Council.
The following SERVE awards were presented for March 2013:
The Round of Applause Award was presented to Kenny Daniel ’16,
who logged 76 hours of service during March. Daniel is a member of
Kappa Sigma, Leadership Fellows, and Christian
During the week of March 24-29, 2013, Daniel participated in the Campus Ministries
Council Spring Break. Under the guidance of R-MC Chaplain Darrell Headrick, students
beautified Richmond's Church Hill community and served as mentors for at-risk children.
“It is always appealing to the students to go away somewhere during Spring Break,”
says Headrick, "to go somewhere different that may seem more exotic. Well, this
year we decided to take a chance and work locally. We worked in one of the most
unique communities in Richmond—Church Hill. It is the most historic neighborhood
in the city and at the same time part of it has the highest concentration of poverty
in Virginia. We worked with the Church Hill Activities and Tutoring program, (C.H.A.T.),
an organization staffed by young adults who are committed to living in the inner-city
of Church Hill and working with at-risk children and their families. They do this
this through tutoring and mentoring programs with the local schools and with after-school
CBS affiliate WTVR-6 highlighted the group’s efforts to clean up the playground
at Chimborazo Elementary school on their March 29, 2013 broadcast.
Daniel was thrilled to participate in this non-traditional, hands-on Spring Break
“I’ve been given a lot of advantages and have been blessed my entire life, so the
way I look at it, it’s time to give back,” he says. “We aren’t superheroes. We aren’t
going to save the world in one swift move, but instead by doing one thing at a time.”
The Above and Beyond Award was presented to
Alpha Gamma Delta, which logged 430.5 hours of service and collected
$2,985.00 in donations.
AGD President Elizabeth Plowman ’14 says, “Philanthropy is important
because it is what truly makes a Greek organization great. At least 50 AGD women
helped with our recent philanthropy events, and all the money raised was donated
to Relay for Life. AGD members feel very connected to Relay for Life—its president,
Stephanie Bellow ’14, is a sister, as is Alex Zizzi ’14.
I am proud of Alpha Gamma Delta and honored that we received this award.”
In 2011-12, R-MC students collectively amassed over 10,000 volunteer hours. Students
in Fraternity and Sorority Life contributed more than 5,000 hours of collective
service to the community, collected 550 pounds of canned food, donated 35 school-supply
baskets, and donated $9,388.74 to various organizations. In addition, $30,000 was
raised and donated to the American Cancer Society from the annual Relay for Life.
The SERVE program, in the Office of Student Life, is an integral part of Randolph-Macon’s
Leadership and Service initiatives.