Kernodle Center History

New language is adopted to broaden service-learning to community-based learning.  Elon community-based learning will now also includ areas such as social innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

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

Elon is recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as #2 in the nation for service learning.
30th Year Anniversary of the first Habitat for Humanity house build.

Elon’s Carnegie Classification status is accepted for renewal.

Habitat for Humanity dedicates their 25th house in Alamance County.

62 Academic Service-Learning courses are offered in departments across campus.
Elon Votes! is founded to encourage student voter registration and participation in elections.

Service hours increase by 23% and exceed 127,000 hours for the first time.

Downtown Center for Community Engagement Opens.
The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement Celebrates 25th  Anniversary.

110 students serve as EV! leaders.

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 5 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 is recognized in the Carnegie Classification for the first time.

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 Leaders in Collaborative Service.

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 Living and 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 service 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.

Habitat volunteers expands and became Elon Volunteers! (EV!) as part of the Chaplain’s Office broadening the areas of service.

Former President Jimmy Carter visits Elon College and promotes Habitat for Humanity.

Elon College Habitat for Humanity Chapter is chartered.