Academic and Leadership Distinction

Service Seal of Distinction

One way a college can empower people to become competent, capable and compassionate leaders is by helping them learn to help others. Through various service programs, East Georgia State College teaches student leaders ways to change the world by serving others and their community and nation. Service leadership can be defined as a vital step in service learning. Once a person fully understands the concept of learning by helping others, he or she begins to grow personally as a leader. The service leadership concept is based on the philosophy of “servant leadership,” a term coined by Robert K. Greenleaf to define a leader who is servant first. “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first,” Greenleaf wrote. “Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.”

East Georgia State College has developed the Service Seal of Distinction to be given to students who exemplify service leadership and have developed a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations, and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. The Service Seal of Distinction is given at the time of graduation from East Georgia State College and is represented by a gold seal on the graduate’s diploma, recognized at the graduation ceremony, and noted on the official college transcript.

In order to receive the Service Seal of Distinction, a student must obtain 50 service points, which correspond to the equivalent of 50 hours of service during their time at East Georgia State College. Service points will be given for campus and community service. At least 25 points must come from a list of opportunities for service on one of the three EGSC campuses. Points coming from campus and community opportunities for service must be pre-approved by the Service Approval Sub-Committee of the Service Seal of Distinction Committee. Requests for pre-approval of service opportunities on campus and in the community must be presented to the Approval Sub-Committee by an employee of East Georgia State College. The employee will be responsible for keeping track of service points for the activity and for submitting the information to the Service Seal of Distinction Committee for final approval of the service. The Committee will also keep a summary of student service points. All students to be considered for the Service Seal of Distinction must have service points submitted by the EGSC employee in charge of the service activity at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date of graduation for the student receiving the Service Seal of Distinction.

The following is a listing of some potential service opportunities:

Potential Campus Service Opportunities:

  • Student Government Membership
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Volunteers at the Bobcat Dash
  • Volunteers at EGSC Family and Alumni Day
  • Convocation Volunteers
  • Volunteer tutoring in ACE
  • Volunteer student mentoring
  • Phi Theta Kappa Commit to Completion Assistance
  • Circle K Campus Service

Community Service Opportunities:

  • assistance with Pine Tree Festival
  • assistance with local service organization activities
  • tutoring and mentoring of students in the public school system
  • volunteering with local organizations and activities (Relay for Life, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sunshine House, hospice, etc.)