A few examples of successful signature service programs from 2021-22 are included below. If you would like to get in touch with circle leadership for more information on these programs, click on the institution name to be taken to their circle contact page.
Into the Streets | Morningside University
The Morningside University Circle coordinates a one-day service project which connects more than 700 faculty, staff, and students with 60-plus local non-profits. Volunteers work for a four-hour shift to assist with each non-profit’s identified need.
CivicScotties | Agnes Scott College
The Agnes Scott College Circle partners with its on-campus civic engagement office to table for voter registration, voter education, and mail-in ballots throughout the year. O∆K members are trained on how to respond to common questions students have about voting and assist students register to vote.
Chamber’s Classroom Connection | Florida State University
The FSU Circle adopted a kindergarten classroom at a local elementary school and supported the students throughout the year by providing a volunteer each month to read to the class. The circle also hosts snack and supply drives at general body meetings.
One Warm Coat Drive | Missouri Southern State University
The MSSU Circle collects more than 200 coats and warm clothing items from the campus community, which are donated to a local shelter and the Boys and Girls Club. The event is supported by a student senate grant, which provided funding for donation boxes.
Faculty Appreciation Program | Duquesne University
The Duquesne Circle offers students the opportunity to recognize professors whom they believe best exemplify leadership and excellence in the classroom. Students write positive notes to these professors, which are delivered by members of the circle.
Skunk Day | SUNY Plattsburgh
Skunk Day is a long-standing tradition unique to the SUNY Plattsburgh Circle. Members carry a stuffed skunk named Fiona in a cage. When a faculty or staff member is “skunked,” Fiona is brought to the person’s office, and they are asked to provide either a monetary donation or a non-perishable food item, all of which benefit the on-campus food pantry. That person then has the opportunity to identify the next person to be “skunked.”
Senior Supply Drive | Stephen F. Austin State University
The SFA Circle worked with the director of a local senior and rehabilitation center to identify recipients to receive supplies based on need, including low-income status, formerly homeless, limited family contact, or residents without any family support. Lists of donation items were distributed to partners across campus, local churches, and nearby businesses to begin the process of collecting the supplies to share with those in need.