Announcing the Spartan Volunteer Service Award: A presidential recognition administered by the Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Your commitment to Community Engagement means the world to us. It is what makes being a Spartan so special. The Spartan Volunteer Service Award will be given to any MSU student who serves a minimum of 100 hours of verified community engagement between November 13, 2021 and November 14, 2022. 

How to be Eligible:

App Updates

Summer 2022 Civic Life App Updates: The number of hours displayed on your profile in the app will only display hours eligible for this years Spartan Volunteer Service Award. You will still be able to see acts from before on your profile in the app. 

If you have any questions about the app or the award, please contact K.C. Keyton at keytonkr@msu.edu or (517) 355-3325.

What Counts Toward the Award

There are many different ways of community engagement, not just volunteering, that count toward the 100 hours necessary to be eligible for the SVSA. Your hours can be from during the semester, over the summer, at home, abroad, or on campus at MSU! The different types of community engagement are represented as different categories in the MSU Civic Life App and defined below with examples. 

Advocacy – Communicating support of an idea or cause and collecting evidence to support one’s position

Examples: 

  • Sharing a video about a cause on social media
  • Participating in a non-violent rally or march in support of a cause
  • Research an issue that is important to you and share what you learn

Community Conversations – Exchanging and weighing different ideas, perspectives, and approaches in a civil way

Examples: 

  • Join MSU Dialogues
  • Organize a discussion circle with friends
  • Have a civil conversation with someone who has different opinions than you

Community and Economic Development – Acting locally to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way 

Examples: 

  • Support local small businesses
  • Work with a neighborhood garden
  • Take a class at a community center

Democratic Engagement- Using the formal structures of the political system to attempt to change society

Examples: 

Philanthropy- Offering charitable aid or donations to social change focused, community-based organizations to combat social problems

Examples: 

  • Hold a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization
  • Give to an organization that matches your values
  • Participate in a food drive

Volunteering- Short or long-term donation of time and talent to directly support the activities of a community-based organization

Examples: 

  • Participate in a day of service 
  • Find a service-based registered student organization

Resources:

Past Awards

In recognition of its 40th year anniversary, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, in partnership with the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, and with endorsement from the Provost, inaugurated the MSU Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards from 2008-2017. Conferred annually, the awards recognized individuals who have demonstrated innovative and/or sustained effort in the area of academic, curricular, or co-curricular service-learning/civic engagement that is specifically linked with the mission and efforts of their colleges. Recipients were selected from faculty and staff by the deans of each college.

Award Recipients

2020-2021

Spartan Volunteer Service Award

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2019-2020

Spartan Volunteer Service Award

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2018-2019

Spartan Volunteer Service Award

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2017-2018

Spartan Volunteer Service Award

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2016-2017

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards

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2013-2014

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards

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2011-2012

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards

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2010

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards

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2009

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards

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2008

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards

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