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Your academic transcript is a direct reflection of your college career to potential employers and graduate and professional schools. Through Ouachita's TranServe program, students can permanently record their hours of service to the community on their official transcripts. Service activities considered for TranServe include any volunteer activity for which the student is not paid.

Approximately 150 students per semester are registered for TranServe. When needs arise in the community, a request for help is emailed to all TranServe students. Many needs are met in the community through this group of students. Some service activities eligible for TranServe credit include (but are not limited to) work through Tiger Serve Day, ElderServe, Backyard Bible Clubs, Big Brother Big Sister, Enactus, the Humane Society, missions or other local church ministry and disaster relief.


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.


For more information
Judy Duvall, associate director of the Elrod Center
duvallj@obu.edu // (870) 245-5320

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