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.

Call for Papers for Student Poster Session

OSLCE invites students to submit an abstract for the Service-Learning Student Poster Session, which will share students’ experiences on their service-learning course and the community partner(s) they worked with. Abstracts can be submitted by individuals, groups, or by a class. Co-authoring with the community partner is encouraged. The deadline for abstract submissions is Tuesday, March 17. The poster session will be held alongside the Service-Learning Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 12 from 4-6:30pm.

For more information, visit the Student Resources page.

Piper Kerman Coming to UST!

‌Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, will be speaking at St. Thomas on Wednesday, March 25th! Come and hear her speak about her book and her experiences.

Interested in learning how to give back?
Community Partner, Minnesota Department of Corrections (MnCoSA), will also be there to share opportunities on how to get involved with restorative justive and support circles for past offenders.

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.

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.