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Honors in Practice, v9 p113-128 2013

On Thursday, April 27, 2011, one of the worst natural disasters in the history of Alabama struck in the form of ferocious tornadoes touching down in various parts of the state. The dollar amount of the property damage was in the billions. Lives were lost and thousands of survivors' lives were seriously and in many cases forever disrupted. A few days later, the dean from the school of business that is part of a larger university, dropped by the author's office unannounced to tell him that the university's president had just called to tell him that unnamed donors had agreed to give money to the university so that the school of business could help the survivors. This article is a summary of the program that developed as the school strove to provide help to the survivors, along with some lessons learned that might be helpful to others considering a service learning experience for honors students. The author believe's that the program demonstrated that a somewhat impromptu response to a disaster can be an effective service learning experience in an honors program.

Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Service Learning, Natural Disasters, Undergraduate Students, Business Schools, Program Descriptions, Outcomes of Education, Strategic Planning, Student Projects, Human Services, Educational Cooperation, Empathy, Student Recruitment

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Author: Yoder, Stephen A.


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