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Here is a complete list of upcoming events for the spring and summer 2012.
The Workshop of Scholarship of Service-Learning Pedagogy is an extended workshop (five meetings over six months) to produce a scholarly article about your experience using service-learning in higher education.
Peace Engineering: The Breadfruit Project
Last month, Camille George was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio and by local television news. She is sponsoring a contest challenging students in the School of Engineering to design a product to dry the highly vulnerable tropical breadfruit for milling. “The challenge to creating a breadfruit dryer is that it must be light, inexpensive, easy to use, able to protect the fruit from rain and humidity—and not use electricity or fossil fuels,” Tim Post reported. The top two designs will be presented to the Breadfruit Institute in March. “Some food experts think it could help developing nations fight hunger.”
The Community Justice Project and Brotherhood, Inc.
Last year’s recipient of the prestigious Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration, Nekima Levy-Pounds invites us into her imagination by sharing some of the projects she has undertaken at the School of Law. She weaves the story of her use of service-learning around challenges she has identified in the community, and how she is drawing students to share her curiosity and compassion.
From the Interim Director's Desk: Forming Double Expertise
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s February 7th online issue features the headline, “Harvard Conference Seeks to Jolt University Teaching.” In this semester’s column, “From the Interim Director’s Desk,” Kimberly Vrudny reflects on supporting faculty to develop the kind of “double expertise” the Chronicle highlights.
From the AVP: Update on Search
The national search for a director of service-learning is underway. A committee of seven has been identified to undertake the task, and consists of Kimberly Vrudny (chair), Sue Cipolle (Benilde - St. Margaret), Len Jennings (graduate psychology), Ann Johnson (faculty development), Michael Klein (justice and peace studies), Maria Mantey (international education), and Julie Plaut (Minnesota Campus Compact). The committee will review applications, conduct telephone and then on-campus interviews, and make a recommendation to Dr. Eleni Roulis by the end of April, with the goal of having the new director in place beginning July 1, 2012.
From the AVP: Appointment of Interim Director
Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Project Director for HIV/AIDS Initiatives, has been appointed Interim Director of Service-Learning for spring semester 2012.
Thank you extended to faculty members who incorporated service-learning in 2010-11 courses
The Office for Service-Learning recognizes and thanks faculty members who taught courses using service-learning during 2010-11.
UST Community Justice Project-NAACP partnership wins national award
The University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Community Justice Project, in partnership with the St. Paul chapter of the NAACP, has received the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.
Dr. Sue Cipolle to speak on ‘Service Learning, Social Justice’ on Oct. 5
Dr. Sue Cipolle, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education, will speak at a luncheon discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Cipolle will discuss her book Service-Learning and Social Justice: Engaging Students in Social Change.