Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

Minutes

Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Registrar’s Conference Room, 12 PM

Call to Order
Meeting was called to order by Earl Mulderink at 12:10 PM. In attendance: Lisa Assante (BUS), Steve Barney (HSS), Pam Branin (CSD), Briget Eastep (EDU), Scott Hansen (CIET), Jeff Hanson (PVA), Karl Stevens (SCPS). Excused: Terri Hildebrand (SCI), Matt Nickerson (LIB & Honors Program), Kelsey Bills (Student).

Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the meeting for December 12, 2007, were accepted.

Reports
A. Chair

Earl Mulderink distributed information and materials with a continuing plea for committee members to SHARE this information with colleagues. Handouts included:

  1. the Spring 2008 Newsletter for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement;
  2. information and applications for the a) 2008 Service-Learning Fellows, b) Service-Learning Enhancement Grants, and c) Service-Learning Course Designation;
  3. Sample Forms and Templates from NSLC;
  4. an article from the SUU Journal of 22 January 2008;
  5. materials about SUU’s participation in the Engaged Scholar Retreat at Dixie State College on February 8 and 9, 2008.

As these materials were distributed, several suggestions were offered: ask Web Services if the Service-Learning Course Application process could include online attachment of syllabi and other documents; invite the 2007 Service-Learning Fellows to submit courses for service-learning designation; develop a rubric for better evaluation of Fellows applications so that scores might be better standardized; encourage Pam Branin’s work-study student, Brian Wall, to churn out more publicity for programs and events. Scott Hansen raised a question about the 2120 course designation, and it was agreed that we should make available a generic 2120 template or syllabus.

B. Other Reports

Jeff Hanson distributed a copy of a proposed new homepage and layout and asked for feedback (see it at http://www.suu.edu/slce/). Everyone spoke positively about the new design. Suggestions included creating a dynamic and searchable data base of service-learning courses, resources, and partners; incorporating more photographs with captions that demonstrate a variety of engaged students; developing a “classifieds” section like that of Outdoor Recreations “Inter-Government Initiative.”

Briget Eastep talked about the Outdoor Recreation Imitative that is coming together at SUU with community agencies. She mentioned several of her own courses that feature service-learning or practica (e.g., PE 4740 and PE 4020) with a total enrollment of about 35 students.

New Business
A. Committee Work in Spring 2008
Earl noted various deadlines that will affect committee members’ work later this semester: the suggested February 29 deadline for course designations and grants, along with the March 7 deadline for Fellows applications.

Karl Stevens asked about the status of a “strategic plan” that he and Neal Cox began to work on last year. Pam Branin mentioned that she had recently submitted a business plan to VP Donna Eddleman. After some discussion, Earl agreed to forward both of these documents to committee members for later consideration.

Other suggestions that came forth: 1) invite faculty member Boyd Fife to our next committee meeting; 2) meet with VP Stuart Jones to discuss raising funds for a university Service-Learning Center; 3) seek funding and administrative oversight for America Reads program.

Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 1:00 PM.