FALL | 2016

 

TRANSITIONS IN GLOBAL AND LOCAL ENGAGEMENT
by Camille George and Kimberly Vrudny


The Associate Vice-Provost for Global and Local Engagement, Camille George, and Director of Community Engagement, Kimberly Vrudny, update the campus community on the exciting transitions underway in global and local engagement as a result of the strategic planning process.

 


 

FROM THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES
by Elise Amel

What’s better than linking sustainability projects to 170 St. Thomas students in 12 courses across 10 disciplines/programs? Reaching 445 St. Thomas students in 23 courses across 16 disciplines! Check out the exciting cumulative work of the Sustainable Communities Partnership through informative highlights from Spring ’16 and a summary of what’s on deck for Fall ’16.



FROM THE DIRECTOR OF STUDY ABROAD
by Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer highlights study abroad programs that incorporate engagement in international communities. Please share these opportunities with interested students.
 


 

MAKING THE SHIFT FROM VOLUNTEERISM TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
by Carlee Diedrich

St. Thomas student Carlee Diedrich contrasts what she calls volunteer and internship models of engagement, and discusses how she has come to appreciate critical engagement that asks students to examine their place in structures that both harm and shield from harm.



COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD CEREMONY

At the end of last year, GALE celebrated in high style, granting faculty, student, and community partner awards. Amy Finnegan was the recipient of the Community Engagement faculty award. Read more about the ceremony.

 



EVENTS IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
(please pre-register when indicated using the links provided)



SERVICE FAIR
September 18, 11:30 - 1:30, McNeely 100

Are you looking for the ideal match between your courses and projects articulated by a community partner? Faculty are invited to the SERVICE FAIR, where dozens of community partners will be gathered to share information about the work of their organizations. Partners who have expressed an interest in working with our faculty in the design of community engaged courses will have a lime green balloon at their table. Stop by, exchange business cards, and begin a conversation about course-based engagement.

FACULTY LUNCHEON
Thursday, Oct
ober 20, 11:45-1:15, Rogge Room (ASC 365)
How are your engaged classes going this semester? Are you thinking about engagement, but have stalled for some reason? Come to lunch, and let's learn from one another's collected wisdom.

ICC ANNUAL LECTURE
Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Woulfe Alumni Hall
The Office of Community Engagement is co-sponsoring the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship's annual lecture, which will feature Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., who is known for extending the Catholic Church's hospitality to Syrian refugees despite resistance from the governor of Indiana. Free and open to the public; no registration required.

FACULTY DINNER with TANIA MITCHELL
Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m., Rogge Room (ASC 365)
with special guest, Tania Mitchell
Tania D. Mitchell is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Much of her research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice. She will address how courses with a community engagement component develop commitment to social justice in students. The dinner is limited to 25 guests. Sign-up early to guarantee your seat.

CASUAL CONVERSATION
Tuesday, December 6, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., in the Library Leather Room

Faculty who are currently engaging in the community in their coursework are invited for a casual conversation about community engagement (over cheese and wine) in the library leather room. We'll update you on all the transitions in community engagement. Bring a faculty colleague to draw more into the conversation! Please RSVP so we can prepare for how many are coming.

 



EVENTS IN SUSTAINABILITY

SCP Kickoff
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7-8pm, JRC 126
We’ll kick off the year with our partners: the City of Elk River, the Master Water Stewards, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and Tiny Footprint Coffee. Our partners will introduce themselves, and we’ll screen our short documentaries about last spring’s SCP projects. Popcorn provided! All are welcome.
 
SCP Open House for Faculty
Friday, Oct. 7, 3-4:30pm, LIB 108
Interested in integrating an SCP project into your course? Stop by LIB 108 (Leather Room) between 3-4:30pm on Friday, Oct. 7, to learn more about our partners, projects, and how your courses can participate. Refreshments provided.
 
SCP Career Panel for Students
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12-1pm, MHC 204
Our partners: the City of Elk River, the Freshwater Society, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and Tiny Footprint Coffee will discuss their career paths and career opportunities in sustainability. Lunch provided.
 
SCP Career Workshop for Students
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12-1pm, MHC 201
Learn how to leverage your SCP experience on your resume and in job interviews. Workshop facilitated by the Career Development Center. Lunch provided.
 
SCP Report-Out
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 12-1pm, MHC 204
Students will share their SCP fall project work through short, five-minute presentations. Lunch provided.



 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Engaging articles on community engagement from around the web:

"Talking Over the Racial Divide: How much can a half-semester course shift a lifetime of experience?"
Dan Berrett, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, describes how, in a dialogue course at the U. of Maryland, students discuss race not in a safe space but in a "courageous" place where they are encouraged to express and hear things that make them uncomfortable.

"How Service-Learning Enacts Social Justice Sensemaking"
Because our faculty dinner this fall features Dr. Tania Mitchell, we are highlighting this article by our guest, published in the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis.

"Glocalizing the Campus to Advance Global Learning"
As St. Thomas works to achieve goals outlined in its strategic plan, global and local engagement are concepts that are getting a lot of airplay. In this article, published in the AAC&U's publication, Liberal Education, Karla L. Davis-Salazar speaks about how her campus created a university-wide global learning initiative to link key areas of the curriculum and co-curriculum to provide global learning experiences for students.

 


 
COURSES

Here is the line-up of spring courses with components in service to the community. All of these courses have been officially designated through the Office of Community Engagement.

It's not too late to designate!
Apply for an "engaged" designation for courses currently underway.

Sustainability
To date, over 50 courses from all across the university have obtained the SUST designation. We hope you will add yours to the mix!

We'll soon issue a call for designations for spring semester and summer term.



MATCHMAKER

Are you new to community engagement, or are you looking to implement engagement in a new course? Check our Matchmaker pages for requests we have received from our community partners. Contact the community partner directly to begin working together—and draw us in as the project takes shape.

 



SAVE THE DATE(S)

GALE RECEPTION
May 1, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., N. Woulfe

Watch for an announcement about the next introductory workshop.

 

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This year, the COMPANION will be published only online.
Watch for announcements about the return of a print edition.