C-SC hosts service event Extreme Dome Makeover

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Culver-Stockton College’s largest community service event has grown bigger than ever. The fifth annual Extreme Dome Makeover was held Saturday, Aug. 24. The day began at 10 a.m. when more than 400 volunteers followed a police escort down the Ada Wallace Concourse into the town of Canton. The groups diverged to their 13 planned improvement sites, where they spent the day cleaning, painting and planting. Events concluded around 2 p.m.

Projects planned for the 2013 EDM will cover both private and public properties, including cleaning the exterior of Canton Senior Housing, putting together playground equipment at Martin Park and working in the Canton Community Garden. Student crews will also be doing exterior painting on multiple private residences, as well as planting trees and painting in the Forest Grove Cemetery.

Participating in Extreme Dome Makeover is required for incoming students as a part of the First-Year Experience course, but all students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to volunteer. In addition to the first year students, Culver-Stockton’s football team and soccer teams participated.

“It is important for our first year students to begin their college experience with service because that sets the tone for the next four years,” said Amanda Sorenson, Culver-Stockton’s chaplain. Sorenson coordinated the event this year. “Servant Leadership is one of our core values and is a trait with powerful potential that extends beyond the college career.”

Service learning is just one way Culver-Stockton has implemented experiential learning into its curriculum. It also aligns with the mission statement of the College. “Culver-Stockton is a faith-based college and we believe that we are called to serve our neighbors. Extreme Dome Makeover is one of the ways we put faith into action. We are connected to the town of Canton and the people who reside here,” said Sorenson. “EDM emphasizes the importance of that relationship by giving back to the community we are part of and supported by.”

Past Extreme Dome Makeovers have also been extremely effective integrating the students into the Canton community. Projects from past years include constructing walking paths by the Mississippi River, putting exterior siding on homes, assisting in the construction of wheelchair ramps and volunteering at dozens of private residences.