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Semester of Service is a project of the University of South Carolina Bicentennial Celebration to encourage students to reach out to the community and recognize those students and organizations that contribute to the Carolina Community through service. Semester of Service will take place both spring and fall semesters of 2001 to coincide with the founding year of the university, 1801. Semester of Service will kick-off January 27, 2001 on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Serving others is an important part of the university’s overall mission of community spirit, and USC students may serve in a variety of ways. Whether it is assisting the elderly at the State Fair, volunteering in a middle school, or raising money for Children’s Hospital, USC students are serving the community. Semester of Service is a way for students to be encouraged to participate in service and to register their hours served. The university will celbrate students’ contributions to the Carolina Community through awards and recognition.

Students may register their hours either by organization or individually by completing a Semester of Service Registration Form. Forms can be filled out directly on the website or found in the Office of Community Service Programs.

Registering as a Student Organization

The organization form should list the name of each student who participates in service during the event for which hours are being registered. The hours are then totaled and monitored until the end of the fall semester, 2001. It is not necessary for individuals within the organization to register separately.

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Registering as an Individual Student

Individual forms are also available for students who participate in service on their own or with a group. If a student registers individually and would like to be included in an organization’s hours, the student must indicate this in the appropriate blank on the individual form. Individuals who participate in service as part of an organization will also be eligible to receive individual recognition.

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Through the registration process, Semester of Service will keep track of the hours served by individuals and organizations and later recognize those students at the bicentennial closing ceremony on December 19, 2001. It simply requires that students register their hours.

Hours may be registered in Semester of Service throughout 2001. If you have any questions or comments about Semester of Service, please call Kate Stewart at 777-1801 or email uscsos@hotmail.com.


Bicentennial Awards of Recognition

Student Organizaton Hours Per Year

Hours

Level

100-500 Bronze
501-1000 Silver
1001-2000 Gold
2001 or more

Garnet & Black

Bronze, Silver and Gold Level recipients will receive certificates of achievement and recognition in Bicentennial publications. Organizations that complete and record 2001 or more hours will receive the Bicentennial Service Cup and recognition at the Bicentennial closing ceremonies on December 19, 2001.

Individual Student Hours Per Year

Hours

Award

1-50 Certificate
51-100 Prize
101-199 Plaque
200 or more

USC Service Cup & Bicentennial Recognition

Semester of Service
Office of Community Service Programs
Russell House University Union, West Wing, Lower Level
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-1801 (voice) • 803-777-6161 (fax)
email: uscsos@hotmail.com
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