The purpose of the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Community Service Honor Society is to recognize SMU students who have demonstrated excellence in volunteer service and leadership to the community. The award is granted annually to Samuel Merritt University students who best exemplify both leadership in community service endeavors and the values of the University.
The SMU Community Service Honor Society inducted the first group of students into the society in the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Eight students met the criteria for receiving this distinction by volunteering an average of 3 hours/ week, writing a 500 word reflection and giving an oral presentation on how their volunteer service impacted them personally and professionally. Seven students were in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program and one student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Five of the eight inductees were students on the San Mateo campus while three were on the Oakland campus.
A commitment to community service is reflected in the partnerships between faculty and students, in student engagement with surrounding communities, in the various medical missions, and in the University’s mission.
Students receiving the honors were:
- Brianne Carvalho, ABSN, San Mateo
- Halley Darigan, ABSN, Oakland
- Anne Fulton, ABSN, San Mateo
- Mamie Jiang, BSN, Oakland
- Kathryn Leonard, ABSN, San Mateo
- Rachaell Mondino, ABSN, San Mateo
- Steven Paris, ABSN, San Mateo
- Ottilia Schafer, ABSN, Oakland
Additionally, 178 SMU students are currently enrolled in the SMU Community Service Honor Society course site; and 130 volunteer events were attended with students logging 1,358.5 service hours.