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Your academic transcript is a direct reflection of your college career to potential employers and graduate schools. TranServe at Ouachita Baptist University is designed to help you advance in your career and education by recording your community service hours on your official Ouachita transcript. TranServe students will be placed on an email list and will receive weekly emails with service opportunities available that week.

After you register for TranServe, print off the hour verification form and keep up with your hours during the semester. Any hours volunteered over the Christmas break can count toward spring hours and any hours volunteered over the summer break can count toward fall hours. You will turn in your form with supervisor signatures the Friday before finals each semester.

This program requires each student to complete at least 20 hours of approved community service hours a semester. If you do not complete the minimum requirement of service, you will not be penalized, but no credit of service hours will be noted on your transcript. We would however like to still have a record of any of your service hours so please turn in your hour verification form regardless of amount of hours volunteered.

Contact Judy Duvall at duvallj@obu.edu if you have any questions or would like to talk about options for service.

HOURs Form


Register for TranServe

After you submit your application, print off your Transerve Hour Verification Report and keep up with your hours throughout the semester. You will turn this form into the Elrod Center, Box 3790 no later than Wednesday before finals. If you have any questions, please call the Elrod Center at 870-245-5320.

Areas of Interest
Are you already serving somewhere?
Are you interested in being contacted when small projects arise in the community that need a rapid response?


How does TranServe Work?

  1. Apply for TranServe through the Elrod Center. The Elrod Center ensures that the Registrar's Office enrolls you in the program, just like you would be enrolled in a class.
  2. You record service hours on Hour Verification Reports throughout the semester, complete with your signature and a supervisor signature for each activity. Elrod Center staff can help you find service opportunities that fit your preferences and strengths.
  3. You must complete a minimum of 20 hours of approved service during the semester enrolled (hours from previous semesters do not qualify).
  4. There is no penalty if you do not complete the minimum requirement of 20 hours of service in a semester. Volunteer hours will simply not be noted on your transcript for that semester.
  5. Turn in your complete Hour Verification Reports to the Elrod Center no later than the Wednesday before finals week for the enrolled term.

Activities to be considered for TranServe

  • Service at a non-profit agency (e.g. Beehive or Head Start)
  • Service at a for-profit organization whose mission involves meeting social service needs of the community (e.g. nursing homes and hospitals)
  • Church-sponsored service where the goal is meeting social needs (e.g. church soup kitchen)
  • Government-sponsored service at the federal, state and local level (e.g. county school programs)
  • Independent service projects in areas where human needs exist (special documentation and approval required)
  • The coordination of fundraising activities with direct interaction with a non-profit beneficiary
  • Work in non-partisan political organizations and campaigns
  • Service performed as a part of service-learning course, required internship or scholarship requirement that meets the guidelines above

Activities NOT to be considered for TranServe

  • The participation in fundraising activities (e.g. car washes, walk-a-thons, and benefits)
  • Work at any organization where you obtain a wage or stipend (exemption: scholarships)
  • Work in partisan political campaigns and organizations


The mission of the Elrod Center is to provide community involvement and civic responsibility as integral elements of a liberal arts education. Therefore, the center encourages you to serve in all of the activities mentioned above. However, for purposes of recording service to the community on official university transcripts, the center interprets qualifying service experiences with guidelines that originated from the national Campus Compact.

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