Welcome to the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, in partnership with local and global communities, advances student learning, leadership, and citizenship to prepare students for lives of active community engagement within a complex and changing world.

This preparation is grounded in an ethic of service that appreciates multiple perspectives, creates opportunities that are affirming and empowering to all, and responds to the needs of our diverse communities.

To fulfill this mission, the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement:
  • Fosters the development of student leadership through involvement in local and global communities.
  • Creates and supports collaborative and sustainable relationships between faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
  • Encourages creative solutions to social concerns and identified community needs.
  • Builds community capacity and faculty and staff engagement.

Kernodle Center staff members are responsible for different aspects of this mission.


History of the John R. Kernodle, Jr. Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement


The Elon University Campus Kitchen begins operations.

Elon University students participate in over 100,000 hours of service.

The East Burlington route of the Elon Bio Bus is fully funded by Elon University. The route connects students to 32 partner agencies.


The Kernodle Center for Service Learning changes its name to the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

The Elon University Campus Kitchen is funded. A full-time staff member is hired to manage the project.


Elon sends its 21st service trip to the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Elon is named one of five recipients of The Washington Center's inaugural Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.

President Leo Lambert receives the inaugural William Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education from the National Society for Experiential Education.


Elon Volunteers! celebrates its 20th anniversary at Elon’s Homecoming. Chaplain Richard W. McBride is honored for his leadership.


Elon is named as one of the top three universities nationwide in the inaugural President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


Elon sends five service trips to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to provide Hurricane Katrina relief.

Elon receives money from the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation of Arkansas to develop two new programs: Community Partnership Initiative Grants and LINCS.


Kernodle Center hires first full-time Assistant Director.

International spring break service trips expand to include the Mexican border region.


Pam Kiser named first Kernodle Center Faculty Development Fellow for Academic Service-Learning.

AmeriCorps*VISTA begins first term of service.

Elon ranks among top-20 higher education service learning programs by US. News.

Elon offers first international spring break service trip to Dominican Republic.


Two part-time employees are hired: an Associate Director and an Outreach Coordinator.

Elon ranks #14 in U.S.News & World Report for higher education service learning programs.

2001- 2002

Elon offers first Habitat for Humanity study abroad winter term course in Guatemala.

North Carolina Campus Compact forms at Elon.


First year that Elon's Habitat for Humanity Chapter builds two homes.


First North Carolina Campus Volunteers Service-Learning Institute is held at Elon.

Kernodle Center is featured in the Kaplan/Newsweek "How to Get into College" Guide.


America Reads program starts.

Center for Service-Learning receives endowment gift from the John R. Kernodle, Sr. family to name the center in honor of John Robert Kernodle, Jr.


First year the "Call to Service" winter term course is offered.


Elon receives grant from the Council of Independent Colleges to establish a Center for Service-Learning.


First year of the Service-Learning Community.

First year of tracking courses linked with a service component.


Office of Volunteer Programs and Leadership moves to Student Affairs.


Office of Volunteer Programs forms as part of the Provost's Office.


First year of tracking number of hours and volunteers (1,187 volunteers / 15,509 hours).


First paid staff member is hired and funded by grant from the United Church of Christ. The first Pre-Service community program is developed.


Elon Volunteers! (EV!) forms as part of the Chaplain's Office.


Jimmy Carter visits Elon College; during visit he promotes Habitat for Humanity.


Elon College Habitat for Humanity Chapter is chartered.


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