July 15, 2019 -- Adam Hrincevich, PhD teaches online undergraduate courses at
Logan in addition to teaching nearly 750 students a semester at Louisiana State
University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. It can be difficult to build relationships
with online students, but Dr. Hrincevich plans to draw on his experiences
offering students a “humanitarian bonus” at LSU to similarly engage his
students at Logan.
idea for humanitarian bonuses came after Hurricane Katrina devastated New
Orleans in 2005.
students participate in volunteer activities or humanitarian efforts in
addition to their academics,” he said. After Katrina hit, a student asked about
hosting a clothing drive for a homeless shelter. Seeing an opportunity to tie
academics to philanthropy, humanitarian bonuses were born.
the end of each semester, students can earn a humanitarian bonus (an extra
point on their final exam outside of any academic bonus or curve) if they
complete an act of service for the community or area non-profit. Help can range
from donating blood to the American Red Cross to donating items to animal
rescue agencies. Student response has been tremendous.
a win-win situation for everyone,” he said. “Students go above and beyond, not
just to get an extra point on their exam, but also because they are excited to
help. It’s something that everyone can participate in on some level.” The
initiative is so successful that the American Red Cross typically contacts him
about having students participate each semester.
Hrincevich hopes to bring humanitarian bonuses to online students at Logan so
they too can experience the benefits. “It’s common to feel isolated taking an
online course. Integrating these bonuses would give students a sense of
community and purpose.”