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Bison Service Challenge (BSC)

The NDSU Bison Service Challenge was created to promote service throughout NDSU. The program is a friendly competition among campus groups including athletic teams, fraternity and sorority life, residence halls, and student organizations. Throughout the year, members in each category compete to complete the most service hours. The hours are submitted to the Volunteer Network. Winning teams receive recognition at the Bison Service Challenge Award Ceremony at the end of each academic year as well as $500 to donate to the nonprofit of their choice thanks to Dakota Medical Foundation

In addition to the most service hours completed, additional awards are given to recognize groups in the following categories: Outstanding Service Project of the Year, Outstanding Philanthropy Event of the Year, Strongest Partnership of the Year, and Largest Representation at Volunteer Network Events. Nominations for these awards will take place during the Spring semester.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Bison Service Challenge recorded 27,680 hours of service, which helped save community partners $695,608.95! Additionally, student groups raised $56,046 in donations to support community agencies.

Log Your Hours

Submit your service hours throughout the academic year to the Volunteer Network to count it towards the Bison Service Challenge. If you have additional questions, contact the Volunteer Network staff. 

What Counts as Service?

In regards to the Bison Service Challenge, service is defined as an activity that directly addresses a community need, contributes to the public good, and benefits either a specific nonprofit (or similar organization such as a hospital, retirement home, or school) or a person in need. Service hours will not be counted if any form of compensation is gained. Compensation includes entertainment or food (such as at a philanthropy event), class credit (except in cases of a service-learning class) and/or money.

The following is a list of activities that will not be counted as service for the Bison Service Challenge:  
· Travel time to and from service sites
· Work that is associated with promoting or converting others to a specific religion
· Work that specifically promotes a political party, political figure, or political cause
· Fundraising (see philanthropy information below)
· Tabling in the Memorial Union, at the Involvement Fair, or elsewhere on campus
· Court appointed hours
· Attending an event that is required by your organization (e.g. meetings)
· Collecting signatures for petitions
· Collecting items for drives such as food, clothing, etc. (however, sorting and/or delivering items would count)
· Donating to a cause (including blood donation)

If you have additional questions about what counts for service, please contact the Volunteer Network


Submit Your Service Hours: Did you or your group complete service hours? Log your hours for the Bison Service Challenge

Looking for Service Opportunities? Fill out the volunteer intake form and a Volunteer Network staff member will get back to you ASAP.

Contact Us: 
NDSU Volunteer Network

PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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Administration Phone: +1 (701) 231-8241
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5340 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2015 1:48:04 PM