Want to become a University Innovation Fellow?

The University Innovation Fellows program offers undergraduate students in engineering and other fields the training and support to become leaders who catalyze change on their home campuses. The Fellows, who are nominated by their deans and faculty, help their peers learn about the entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation at their schools.

There are 291 Fellows at 115 schools who are founding clubs, hosting events and workshops, collaborating with faculty on new classes, creating student makerspaces, and providing opportunities for interdiscplinary collaboration.

Fellows are sponsored by faculty and administrators at their institutions and selected through an application process each spring and fall. After being accepted in to the program, candidates take part in a six-week, online-based experiential training, where they connect with a national network of Fellows, examine their current entrepreneurial ecosystems, formulate action plans, and begin to implement their ideas.

The program is run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell.

For more information about the program visit www.dreamdesigndeliver.org or contact the Office of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement at 651-962-5380 or servicelearn@stthomas.edu.

Join us for the Upcoming Faculty Workshop on Service-Learning

The Introduction to Service-Learning Workshop is designed to help faculty teach their discipline-specific content more effectively. In partnership with an organization in the community that has expressed a genuine need for the University's services, students apply their coursework in a real-world setting. They return to the classroom to deepen their learning by reflecting on their experiences even as they advance the common good.

Faculty will receive a $500 stipend for attending the 3-day conference. Another $500 stipend will have given to faculty members who've attended the workshop and then incorporate a service-learning component into one of their courses for the first time.

Faciliated by Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Tuesday, May, 26 - 9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, May 27 - 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday, May 28 - 9:00am-1:30pm

Where: McNeely Hall 315 (conference room)

Please RSVP by Friday, May 15 to servicelearn@stthomas.edu or 651-962-5380 to reserve your spot.

Faculty Invited to Register Courses for Service-Learning Credit

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement invites faculty to register their summer and fall 2015 courses for service-learning credit. Service-learning presents students an opportunity to learn with work that enhances the common good. Faculty who are taking students off campus for experiential or service-based components are encouraged strongly to register their courses.

The steps to designate courses for service-learning are the following:

  1. Fill out the course designation form here.
  2. Email syllabi to the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at servicelearn@stthomas.edu.

For classes to be designated officially as service-learning, faculty must register with the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement no later than Thursday, April 2. Upon approval by the Service-Learning Curriculum Committee, the registrar’s office will designate the course on students’ transcripts.

For more information, visit the Course Designation page.

Companion Now Available

Spring Companion 2014 is now ready to read!  Please feel free to browse our archives for previous editions of the Companion newsletter.