FALL 2017

TIMELINE

Students can begin to submit their information on Friday, October 20, 2017 via the link:

  1. Submit your hours for your internship, student teaching, or practicum here: THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS ENDED to receive an Elite Scholar Cord.
  2. Submit your hours for your service-learning or community service here: THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS ENDED to receive a Community Engaged Scholar Cord.

The last day to submit information is Monday, November 20, 2017.

Students can register for the Cord Ceremony in early November 2017.

Students who will not be attending the Cord Ceremony can pick up their cords (unless they are not approved) between Monday, December 4 – Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Cord Ceremony will be on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:30pm in Founder’s Hall, room 138. You can register at: https://www.untdallas.edu/event/CordRingCeremony

REQUIREMENTS &DETAILS

Students who are graduating in December 2017 are eligible for an Elite Scholar Cord or a Community Engaged Scholar Cord if they have met the following respective requirements:

  • Elite Scholar Cord – for students who have completed a 100 hour minimum internship, practicum, or student teaching while being a student at UNT Dallas
  • Community Engaged Scholar Cord – for students who have completed a minimum of 50 hours of community service or service learning while being a student at UNT Dallas

These experiential learning and co-curricular activities can be done for academic credit, student organization expectations, or for personal endeavors.

Students must submit a time log showcasing the following details (if applicable):

  • The site location
  • The name of the agency / company
  • The number of hours completed
  • Site supervisor’s title, email address, and phone number
  • A signature from the site supervisor, EL office, or professor

For students who need time log to record their information, go to: https://www.untdallas.edu/sites/default/files/page_level2/sed0123/pdf/student_time_activity_log_edit_0.pdf

 !! Students who falsify information are subject to a hold of their graduation process.

For questions, email Experiential.Learning@untdallas.edu.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Do I need to submit information about my hours on College Central Network?

A: No, we are not collecting your information that way this semester. Please use the link above.

Q: What if I am still completing hours for a class after the deadline to submit the hours?

A: You can still list that information on your submission and we will verify the anticipated number of hours you listed with your professor.

Q: I am a student in the School of Education, do I need to submit my information?

A: The Experiential Learning Office works with Mrs. Genell McClendon, Field Coordinator for the School of Education to verify hours for those graduating. If you have any questions about your hours please contact Mrs. McClendon.

Q: Can I list service I have done while at another university?

A: No, you can only submit hours you completed while being a student at UNT Dallas.

Q: Can I still list service to the community if it was during my freshman or sophomore year here at UNT Dallas?

A: Yes, you should have some evidence or record of your completion of hours so you are welcome to add them.

Q: Can I include my observation hours for my class?

A: Observation hours do not count towards service to the community.

Q: Can I receive a cord in more than one category?

A: Yes, if you have completed the minimum number of hours in any or all of the two categories then you are eligible to receive those specific cords. 

Q: I cannot find my original paperwork, what is another option to verify my hours?

A: You need to fill out a new log and have your site supervisor or professor sign it.

Q: What is the difference between community service and service learning?

A: At UNT Dallas we classify community service and service learning separately because community service is service in the community that does not necessarily apply to class whereas service learning is service in the community that students must do that is relevant to what they are learning in their course(s). Students who participate in either one can combine the hours toward the total 50 that is required to receive the cord.



SPRING 2017

Undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating this semester are eligible to apply for a Jaguar Scholar Cord. There are three (3) categories of cords for which a student can be eligible for:

Experiential Learning: (academic based service in the community)

Jaguar Elite Scholars: students who complete a minimum of 100 hours for an internship, practicum, or student teaching will receive a Jaguar Elite Scholars cord.

Jaguar Emerging Scholars: students who complete a minimum of 50 hours on a research project, service learning, or community project will receive a Jaguar Emerging Scholars cord.

Community Service: (non-academic service in the community)

Jaguar Community Scholars: students who complete a minimum of 50 hours on a community project, or volunteerism will receive a Jaguar Community Scholars cord.

 

Submission Link: Please complete an agreement for every act of service you have done as a student at UNT Dallas on your student College Central Network (CCN) account in the Experiential Learning tab (be sure to select the appropriate agreement for each submission and select Term: Spring 2017 since you are submitting your information this term). Need some help to do this? Check out the CCN Experiential Learning Module Instructions Manual. Once you have submitted the agreements for your hours, send a confirmation email to Experiential.Learning@untdallas.edu.

Timeline:

The link will be active between: March 2, 2017 – April 14, 2017

The Experiential Learning office will be verifying the hours submitted between: April 14, 2017 – April 21, 2017

Students will be contacted to receive their cord(s) on: April 24, 2017

Receiving cords: students can either pick-up their cord from the Experiential Learning office (FH204) between April 24, 2017 – May 12, 2017, OR be formally presented their cord(s) at the Cord Ceremony on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Cord Ceremony:

Upon verification, you will receive an email inviting you to participate in the Cord Ceremony, where you will be formally recognized and presented your service cord. The Cord Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 15th at 6pm in FH 138.  There will be a mix and mingle portion of the event with the actual ceremony starting at 6:30pm.  You are welcome to invite your friends and family to attend. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/honor-cord-ring-ceremony-registration-33830537047 by May 12, 2017.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What if I am currently completing hours for a class?

A: You can still list that information on your submission and we will still verify the anticipated hours you listed that you plan to achieve.

Q: Can I include my observation hours for my class?

A: Observation hours do not count towards service to the community.

Q: Can I receive a cord in more than one category?

A: Yes, if you have completed the minimum number of hours in any or all of the three categories then you are eligible to receive those specific cords.  

Q: Can I still list service to the community if it was during my freshman, sophomore, or junior year?

A: Yes, you should have some evidence or record of your completion of hours so you are welcome to add them.

Q: Can I still list service to the community that I completed while I went to a different university or community college?

A: No, you must list service work you have done while attending UNT Dallas.


FALL 2016

You are eligible to apply for a special "Service to the Community" recognition cord for graduation. In an effort to acknowledge your dedication to serving the community in the capacity as required by your courses and degree program, we are awarding these recognition cords for graduation. Please complete this survey (no longer open) about your service to the community to receive your cord.

Timeline:

-Dates to complete survey:  October 24, 2016 – November 14, 2016 extended deadline

-Dates site supervisors will be contacted to verify hours: November 14, 2016 - November 23, 2016

-Dates to pick up your service recognition cord: November 28, 2016 - December 2, 2016 extended deadline

Requirements:

- Undergraduate/ Graduate students graduating December 2016

- MUST have completed a minimum of 100 hours in service to the community through experiential learning (service learning, internships, etc.)

-Hours must be based on service provided in the community for course credit or grade

Cord Ceremony:

Upon verification, you will receive an email inviting you to participate in the first ever Cord Ceremony, where you will be formally recognized and presented your service cord. The Cord Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 9TH at 6pm in FH 138.  There will be a mix and mingle portion of the event with the actual ceremony starting at 6:30pm.  You are welcome to invite your friends and family to attend. Please RSVP directly to me with the number of guests you expect to bring by Dec 5th.


Frequently Asked Questions:

-What if I am currently completing hours for a class?

You can still list that information on your submission and we will still verify the anticipated hours you listed that you plan to achieve.

-Can I include Observation hours?

Observation hours do not count towards service to the community.

-Can I list something that I am doing outside of class?

You have to submit completion of hours that pertain to a class grade.

-Can I still list service to the community if it was during my freshman or sophomore year?

Yes, you should have some evidence or record of your completion of hours so you are welcome to add them.

 

Community engagement pedagogies, often called “service learning,” are ones that combine learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good.  In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”