Centennial Service Challenge
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Centennial Service Challenge (CSC)?
Radford -- as an institution, a campus community, and a broad base of alumni and friends -- has nearly a century of service. A pillar of the 2010 Centennial is the recognition of that culture of service. The Centennial Service Challenge is intended to encourage continued service and the documentation of RU-related service to the university and beyond. The simple goal is that anyone related to RU in any way around the globe may serve in honor of RU100 and EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF 100! You only need to follow FIVE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. THINK creatively about service in terms of THE POWER OF 100!
  2. DESIGN a service project, PARTICIPATE in one already established, or CONTINUE to serve the way you have.
  3. SERVE in honor of RU100!
  4. DOCUMENT the service with images and narrative.
  5. SUBMIT your service for posting on the RU interactive global map.

Service information should include your name, contact information and details about the service project. If you have photos, either submit them as email attachments or include a link to the photos.

What do you mean by The Power of 100?
In honor of RU’s 100 years of service, perhaps an elementary class sends 100 holiday cards to a retirement home, or your office colleagues collect 100 bags of trash along a highway or river, or your family volunteers for 100 hours at a local charity. Any individual, any group, or any organization may accept the CENTENNIAL SERVICE CHALLENGE and Experience The Power of 100. Above all else, the most important task is to carry RU’S Centennial spirit into your community.

In addition to carrying out a service project, what is THE most important thing for me to do?
DOCUMENT the service and SHARE it with RU Centennial. The easiest way to share photos is to use Flickr or Picassa or some other photo sharing web site. Another is to send the photos to Karen Casteele, (540) 831-6255, kcasteel@radford.edu.

If possible, incorporate a sign in the photograph that reads, “We Accepted the RU Centennial Service Challenge!” or “We Cared Enough to Serve for RU 100!” or “WE Served in Honor of RU100.” The sign may be handmade OR you can go online for a printable sign to use. Another alternative is to scan or mail photographic prints with identification and caption/narrative to this address: RU Centennial, P.O. Box 6995, Radford, VA 24142

I am already engaged in community service. Does RU expect me to do something else to accept the Centennial Service Challenge?
Thank you for being involved in community service. The RU Centennial Service Challenge requests only that you dedicate what you are already doing to RU 100. Document the service and share as described above.

I want to raise money to establish a scholarship at RU. Is that possible?
Anything is possible! You need to know that the establishment of a new scholarship requires a contribution of a minimum $25,000. It is preferable that contributions be made to an already established scholarship. For additional information, contact the RU Advancement Office: (540) 831-5926.

If I volunteer with children under age 18 or persons with a disability, do I need to be aware of procedures for protecting their right of privacy?
It is recommended you secure a photo release. If you perform the service in a PK-12 school, check with the school administration to be certain that you are in compliance with local and state acceptable use policies.

I want to celebrate RU100 by sponsoring a meeting at my home or club for RU alumni and friends in my area. Would that be helpful?
Such gatherings would be very helpful. The RU Alumni office is eager to identify RU-related people in your area. A social gathering for 10 to 100 will help generate a broad base of RU spirit. From such gatherings, we would like to collect service stories and possibly generate interest in a group service project. Contact Alumni Director Laura Turk for details and assistance: (540) 831-5248, alumni@radford.edu.

I have no time right now for direct service, but I want to be supportive. How do I make a monetary contribution? May I pay by credit card? May I pay monthly?
Yes you may make a first-time or increased unrestricted contribution to the RU FUND. If you wish to designate your contribution specifically for a Centennial Service Challenge project, you may do that as well.

____ Unrestricted to Annual RU Fund
____ Restricted to RU Centennial Service Challenge*

____$100 _____$1,000 _____$1910 _____$2010 OTHER $_________

Yes, you may pay by credit card for one time or monthly reoccurring.

*For detailed information about specific service projects needing funds, please contact Barbara-lyn B. Morris at bbmorris@radford.edu.

I want to accept the Centennial Service Challenge in honor of RU100 but have no idea what to do. Where do I turn?
Go to http://www.radford.edu/centennial or contact: Barbara-lyn B. Morris at (540) 605-0489 bbmorris@radford.edu. Some RU alumni chapters are organizing projects; to see if one is underway in your area, please contact the alumni office, Laura Turk: (540) 831-5248, alumni@radford.edu, OR keep reading for more specifics.

Could you please give some specific service examples so I can have an idea of what others might be doing?
The following are examples of projects that either have surfaced in brainstorming sessions or are being currently planned. We encourage you to be creative in honoring RU 100! Remember to plan your documentation of service, document it, and share with RU.

  • RU ALUM “A” teaches elementary-age students who make and send 100 valentines to elderly folks in honor of RU 100;
  • Youngster C, who is the grandchild of an alum, leads his scout group in picking up 100 bags of trash in honor of RU 100;
  • The Radford Class of XXXX celebrates its reunion by documenting 100 points of service among the class members;
  • Family Smith joins a service project at church; members wear RU T-shirts and dedicate their service to RU 100;
  • Alumni and friends attending Homecoming 2010 bring eye glasses, magnifying glasses, wheelchairs, walkers, physical/occupational therapy equipment…to be recycled;
  • X’s daughter is a member of the Junior National Honor Society or any group. She challenges members to collect greeting cards of all kinds to be contributed to St. Jude’s Ranch for abused and abandoned children. (http://www.stjudesranch.org/help_card.php) [St Jude’s accepts all greeting card “fronts”-no personal photo cards-between Nov 15 and Feb 28; the children at the ranch create “green” cards for sell to benefit the ranch. St Jude’s Ranch for Children, Card Recycling Program, 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder, CO 89005];
  • A group of friends of RU alum X meets weekly to create bead jewelry to be sold with the proceeds contributed to the unrestricted RU Annual Fund in honor of RU 100;
  • RU dining group of 15 RU alums and friends walk 100 miles each; family and friends sponsor by pledging a penny per mile, dollar a mile, etc. Money is donated to charity XYZ in honor of RU 100;
  • Investment Group $ to which an RU alum belongs challenges peers to invest $100 each in honor of RU 100. Profits donated to support the administration of Centennial Service Challenge projects on campus;
  • Bank employees contribute 100 hours of community service in honor of RU 100;
  • RU parents/families of the students in classes 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 accept the Centennial Service Challenge as presented at Freshman Orientation;
  • .Friend of RU, whose late mother-in-law has a scholarship established in her honor, develops a fundraising project and donates the proceeds to the already established scholarship in honor of mother-in-law and RU 100;
  • Retired faculty read 100 new books to local school children in celebration of RU 100; books are donated to the school library;
  • Alums living “‘Round the World” engage in service projects in their host countries in honor of RU 100;
  • Sunday Class X engages in a service project in honor of RU 100;
  • Members of the RU Staff Senate publish a cookbook to be sold; the proceeds are contributed to the RU Staff Scholarship;
  • Mainstreet Radford, Radford Chamber of Commerce, and a coalition of non-profits are meeting with representatives of the RU Steering Committee to plan collaborative service projects in celebration of RU 100;
  • Other suggestions . . . . . .