Nana Ferdnance '15
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 April 2014:
The Sisterhood of Delta Zeta was presented the Above and Beyond Award. This award
is given to the student organization that excels in service and philanthropic giving.
Delta Zeta logged 472.25 hours of service during April. Forty-nine DZ members contributed
to the hours.
Delta Zeta held several fundraising events during the past several months to raise
money for their Relay for Life
team, DZ Team Syd. Members also put together Teddy bears at a Build-A-Bear workshop
for Delta Zeta’s national philanthropy, the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Delta Zeta’s Philanthropy Chair Allison Carpenter ’16, a
political science and communication
studies major, says, “Community service is an important part of why
I joined Delta Zeta.
In our creed, we say ‘May I give graciously of what is mine.’ We enjoy participating
in and hosting events in which we can give back to the community.”
Nana Ferdnance ’15, who logged 41.5 service hours in April, was
given the SERVE Round of Applause Award. This award is given to the student who
is excelling in service and philanthropic giving. Ferdnance, an
environmental studies and art history
major, is an active member of Habitat for Humanity, Circle K International, and
“I love working in service organizations because it allows students to work together
for a common goal, whether it be building a house or fundraising for a great cause,”
In 2013-14, R-MC students collectively amassed more than 25,250 volunteer hours
and donated $71,071.66 to various causes. Students in
Fraternity and Sorority Life contributed more than 13,600 hours of collective
service to the community and donated $39,021.73 to various organizations and philanthropies.
In addition, $25,636.73 was raised and donated to the American Cancer Society from
the annual Relay for Life,
and $5,338.11 was raised for Stop Hunger Now. The
SERVE program, in the Office of Student Life,
is an integral part of Randolph-Macon College.