Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Registrar’s Conference Room, 12 Noon
I. Call to Order
Earl Mulderink called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM. In attendance Steve Barney (HSS), Pam Branin (CSD), Jeff Hanson (PVA), Karl Stevens (SCPS), and Cindy Wright (SCI). Excused: Lisa Assante (BUS), Briget Eastep (EDU), Scott Hansen (CIET), Matt Nickerson (Honors and Library), Lacie Jo Robinson (Student).
II. Approval of Minutes
Minutes for the meeting of September 24, 2008, were approved without changes.
Earl welcomed new committee member Cindy Wright, an engaged educator and experienced service-learning practitioner who will represent the College of Science. He lamented scheduling problems that prevented more committee meetings and better attendance this semester. Earl mentioned that he had attended two conferences since our last meeting: the First Annual Conference on International Service-Learning at Utah Valley University in early October 2008, and the Eighth Annual International Conference in Service-Learning Research in New Orleans in late October 2008. At the end of his informal Report, Earl mentioned that he had not yet learned of any cuts to the Civic Engagement budget for this year, but he felt that we had some flexibility to absorb budget cuts if mandated.
Under the category of “Public Relations Updates,” Earl distributed copies of material he submitted to the Utah Campus Compact publication, The Connector, and the Provost’s Newsletter for Spring 2009. He encouraged committee members to share these with other colleagues. Later, Earl distributed information and talked about the “Alliance For Education,” the exciting new partnership with Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NM, Pipe Spring NM, and SUU. Several committee members had attended the Alliance signing ceremony at Zion. In this context, Earl and others applauded Lisa Assante’s ongoing service-learning work with Bryce Canyon NP and students in her hospitality-related courses.
Earl distributed a multipage information sheet and registration form for the Utah Campus Compact Annual Conference on Civic Engagement, to be hosted by Dixie State College, February 27-28, 2009. Previously known as the “Engaged Scholars Retreat,” the call for papers encouraged submissions on a wide range of topics. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, December 5, 2008, and Earl reiterated that our Civic Engagement budget will pay registration fees and group travel costs to and from St. George.
B. Other Reports
Pam Branin reported on the continuing success of Bread & Soup Nite that convenes on the first Monday of each month. Typically, around 500 people have gathered at this event for food and live entertainment and to raise awareness about hunger and poverty. Pam also spoke of her recent talk to the Cedar City Rotary Club that was received favorably.
Jeff Hanson mentioned that SL&CE web site revisions continue with expectations of a new and improved site rolled out in mid-Spring 2009. Also, Jeff talked about this semester’s “Special Problems” Art course that led to a dozen service-learning projects, both web- and print-based, that aided local organizations such as Special Olympics. Jeff was urged to consider pursuing official designation as a “SL” course.
IV. New Business
The meeting was adjourned at 1:05 PM with plans to meet in January 2009.