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Frequently Asked Questions

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Registration

 

How do I register for Service-Learning?

View these instructions before you register for Service-Learning.

Do I still have to register on Chaminade's Service-Learning website, even though I'm doing SHINE?

Yes; all students doing S-L through Chaminade courses should register online. View registration instructions to get started.

 

 

 

What's the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

Doing a service, such as a beach cleanup or helping immigrants learn English, is community service in itself. HOWEVER, “service” BECOMES “service-learning” when it is formally connected to academic learning objectives. Helping immigrants learn English BECOMES service-learning in a sociology or anthropology course, when studying acculturation, immigration, assimilation, etc. Service-learning will facilitate critical reflection on the service experience that should enhance your academic learning.

Students who have received a syllabus from their professor that includes a Service-Learning requirement/option are the ONLY students who are eligible to participate in Service-Learning. (In some cases, arrangements can be made with professors who are not formally offering S-L; see Candice Sakuda for help.
If you have not received instructions from your professor, but would like to do Community Service, you DO NOT need to register for Service-Learning. Contact Campus Ministry instead.

 

Projects/Classes

When I signed up for my project (ie: SHINE, Adopt an Ahupua’a, etc.), the site supervisors asked me to sign a waiver.

Do I still need to sign a Chaminade University waiver?

 

Yes, you still need to complete the waiver for Chaminade University’s S-L Office; the waivers you sign for your service site belong to the community partner. Signing the CUH waiver is part of your Community Connection Agreement and is a mandatory part of registration for S-L at Chaminade. View registration instructions.

Can I do one S-L project for more than one class?

The answer depends on what project you’re doing, and which professors/courses are offering service-learning. Some projects may be specific to one class only. Many others have broad-based applications. For example, Project SHINE can be relevant in history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, English, business, communication, etc.

Ask each of your professors if they will allow you to do your service-learning project for each of your other S-L classes. Explain the total number of hours you’ll be serving, and what project you want to do. If they allow you to do the project for their class AND your other classes, you will most likely have to do separate reflection assignments for each course.

After you get approval from all of your S-L instructors, you can fill out ONE Community Connection Agreement & Assumption of Risk, Release and Waiver sheet.

Can I do different projects for different classes?

Yes. You must register and fill in the online form with ALL the classes for which you’re doing S-L. You will be prompted to print the Community Connection Agreement & Assumption of Risk, Release and Waiver sheet. You must complete ONE of these sheets for EACH project that you do.

On each sheet, you must fill in the “Agency/Project” – and next to that, please note which course it corresponds with.

If I want to continue serving at a site/project that I have done in previous semesters, do I have to go to training again? It depends on the site; you should check with the supervisor there. Palolo Elementary, SHINE, and many other projects do not require going to training again. However, you must still register online, contact your supervisor for scheduling, and get your site agreement/waiver signed and submitted to the S-L Office each semester.

 

Forms/Due Dates

When I signed up for my project (ie: SHINE, Adopt an Ahupua’a, etc.), the site supervisors asked me to sign a waiver.

Do I still need to sign a Chaminade University waiver?

 

Yes, you still need to complete the waiver for Chaminade University’s S-L Office; the waivers you sign for your service site belong to the community partner. Signing the CUH waiver is part of your Community Connection Agreement and is a mandatory part of registration for S-L at Chaminade. View registration instructions.

How do I get a timesheet/evaluation form?

You must first follow the instructions to register. Work with your professor and your project/site supervisor to complete the Community Connection Agreement & Assumption of Risk, Release and Waiver form. When you submit that form to the Service-Learning Office, you may then request a timesheet/evaluation form.

I can't find the timesheet/eval form online. Where is it? They are NOT posted on our website. If your professor requires you to track your hours, you can PICK UP this form when you turn in a completed Connection Form.  There is a space to indicate whether or not you need to pick up a form. If we are not in the office at the time, we will leave one for you in our "For Pick-Up" box.
If we’re doing a project all together as a part of our class, and our professor is our supervisor, do we still need a timesheet? No, you do not need a timesheet/evaluation form. However, you DO need to register and complete the Community Connection Agreement & Assumption of Risk, Release and Waiver form. Your professor can sign as your “Site Supervisor.”
What if I’m still not done with my service hours by the due date at the end of the semester? The due date for your timesheet/evaluation forms is important because all of your data must be processed by the S-L Office and reported to your professors before they begin grading. In general, you should still ask your supervisor to complete your evaluation and submit your paperwork (showing the number of hours you have completed) on time. If you need to discuss special circumstances, contact the S-L Office.

 

SHINE
How do I sign up for SHINE? In order to sign up for SHINE (Students Helping In the Naturalization of Elders), you need to attend a SHINE orientation. These take place on the second Saturday after school begins. If you cannot attend, you must contact the SHINE Director, Candice Sakuda, BEFORE the scheduled orientations.
What if I can’t make the orientation for SHINE on Chaminade’s campus? You are allowed to attend any SHINE orientation; there may be others held on different college campuses. Contact the SHINE Director, Candice Sakuda for information.
What if I can’t go to any of the SHINE orientations? AS SOON AS you know that you absolutely can’t make ANY of the prescheduled orientations, contact the SHINE Director, Candice Sakuda. The orientations are led by volunteers; to schedule a make-up SHINE orientation will take cooperation by all parties and time for the volunteer coordinators.
If I want to do SHINE again, do I have to go to training? You MUST contact Candice Sakuda BEFORE the orientations' date. In most cases you will not have to attend training again.

 

Transportation
When does the van leave for Palolo Elementary? There is no CUH van offered for the Palolo projects.
See Van Schedule.
When does the van leave for SHINE? Please be at Security on time if you plan to catch the van.
See Van Schedule.

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

 

What's the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

Doing a service, such as a beach cleanup or helping immigrants learn English, is community service in itself. HOWEVER, “service” BECOMES “service-learning” when it is formally connected to academic learning objectives. Helping immigrants learn English BECOMES service-learning in a sociology or anthropology course, when studying acculturation, immigration, assimilation, etc. Service-learning will facilitate critical reflection on the service experience that should enhance your academic learning.

Students who have received a syllabus from their professor that includes a Service-Learning requirement/option are the ONLY students who are eligible to participate in Service-Learning. (In some cases, arrangements can be made with professors who are not formally offering S-L; see Candice Sakuda for help.

If you have not received instructions from your professor, but would like to do Community Service, you DO NOT need to register for Service-Learning. Contact Campus Ministry instead.

If I want to continue serving at a site/project that I have done in previous semesters, do I have to go to training again? It depends on the site; you should check with the supervisor there. Palolo Elementary, SHINE, and many other projects do not require going to training again. However, you must still register online, contact your supervisor for scheduling, and get your site agreement/waiver signed and submitted to the S-L Office each semester.
What if I decide that I can’t continue doing service-learning, but I already registered and started work with a community partner? You should send an email to the S-L Office, notifying us. Out of respect for our community partners, you should also apologize to them and explain that you can’t continue your service.