Community Service

Community service is an important component of the Kugelman Honors Program student experience. By actively engaging in service, students not only contribute to the campus and local communities, but also develop practical leadership skills.

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Before graduating as a Kugelman Honors Scholar, each Honors student is required to complete and log 100 hours of community service. Students can complete the hours at their own pace, but are encouraged to consistently participate in service activities throughout their time as undergraduates.

Honors students must log completed volunteer hours in Handshake, a database that tracks community service hours and also contains information about internship and employment opportunities. Please visit the Handshake at UWF website to access and learn more about Handshake.

Handshake at UWF

UWF Student Community Garden

The UWF Student Community Garden is an active service project of the Kugelman Honors Program. Dr. Greg Tomso, the program's associate director, oversees the garden. Students enrolled in the Honors seminar "Politics of Food" and the Honors section of Introduction to Environmental Science assist in the garden, along with many others from the UWF community. 

Core II Research

Each spring, first year Honors students engage in community-based research in Honors Core II. Dr. Jocelyn Evans teaches this Social Science course which examines the concept of community through readings and field projects.

In recent years, the service-learning component of Core II has centered on undergraduate research conducted in Pensacola's parks. In partnership with UWF's GeoData Center, the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Honors students have conducted surveys and analyzed Pensacola's parks as effective public spaces.  

The results of the students' parks surveys in 2015 and 2016 have been published on the Pensacola Parks Application, which the UWF GeoData center developed.

Kugelman Honors Program Calendar of Events

The Honors Council Service Committee plans several service events a month during the fall and spring semesters. Keep up with the schedule with the program's Calendar of Events.

Calendar of Events

Service & Citizenship

UWF's definition of community service can be found on the Service & Citizenship website. That office also coordinates campus-inclusive service initiatives including the 9/11 National Day of Service, Alternative Spring Break, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service, among others.

Office of Service & Citizenship

Honors Council Service Committee

Visit the Honors Leadership page for information about opportunities to become involved in the planning of Honors Council Service Events.

Honors Leadership