The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope recently completed its second iServe program.  iServe was developed to give high school students an opportunity to gain volunteer experience while completing Composition I and Principles of Speech.  In the iServe program, students are engaged in lecture as well as 20 hours of hands-on volunteer work at an organization in the community. 

Volunteer work gives students a better understanding of the roles these organizations play in the community, while exposing the students to real-life scenarios in which to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom.  This year four  students participated in the program and shared their experiences in presentations at the close of the iServe course.  The presentations were given to parents, faculty, and others in the Johnny Rapert Auditorium at UACCH. 

Jesse Glass from Prescott volunteered at the University of Arkansas Southwest Arkansas Research and Extention Center in Hope.  At the Extention Center, Glass worked with the forage lab and helped prepare hay samples for nutrient analysis.  Glass reported this experience as very positive. 

Tyler Phillips of Hope volunteered at Historic Washington in the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives.  During his time at the archives, he worked to categorize historic maps of the region.  Sydney Santifer from Springhill worked with Judge Randall Wright, assisting with the Juvenile Drug Court program.  Her activities included attending Juvenile Court, which gave her a better understanding of the Juvenile Drug Court available here in Hempstead County. 

The fourth student was Cacey Winer of Springhill who volunteered at the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home, National Historic Site.  She learned that the birthplace home is one of thirty historic sites in Arkansas that welcomes people from all over the world to Hope. 

A prize drawing was held and Jesse Glass was selected as the winner of an iPad to commemorate his summer investment in education.  UACCH is proud of these students and appreciates the willingness of the community organizations to partner with the College for this program.  For more information about UACCH, visit the college website at  Let UACCH be your bridge to a bright future.        


Pictured Left to right are the 2012 UACCH iServe Participants with UACCH Faculty:  Jesse Glass of Prescott, Jan Whatley, UACCH Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Cacey Winer of Springhill, Sydney Santifer of Springhill,  Colleen Hartley, UACCH Speech Instructor, and Tyler Phillips of Hope.