Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

Minutes

Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 12 Noon
Service & Learning Center
185 S. 300 West

I. Call to Order

Earl Mulderink called the meeting to order at 12:00 PM. In attendance: Lisa Assante (BUS), Steve Barney (HSS), Pam Branin (CSD), Amy Dean (VISTA), Briget Eastep (EDU), Jeff Hanson (PVA), Shayla Hill (Student), Lacie Jo Robinson (S&L Center), Cindy Wright (SCI). Excused: Boyd Fife (CIET), Karl Stevens (SCPS).

II. Approval of Minutes

Minutes were approved for the meeting of February 23, 2011.
 
III. Reports

A. Chair’s Report

Earl Mulderink welcomed everyone and began by discussing SUU’s Alternative Spring Break trips, including a television news story about the group’s work with Habitat for Humanity in El Paso, Texas. He also distributed a blank form for submitting news to the Summit Newsletter, formerly the Provost’s Newsletter, due by April 1. He mentioned that SUU has not yet heard about its application for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Earl talked briefly about the ongoing work of the Experiential Education Requirement Committee and distributed materials prepared by a visiting risk management consultant on March 9. He offered an update on the continuing plans for the “Community Engagement Center’s” move into a new location in May or June 2011. Finally, he mentioned the he and Pam would be participating in the 14th Annual Continuums of Service Conference, sponsored by the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium, that meets in San Diego at the end of April.

B. Pam Branin, Coordinator of the Service & Learning Center

Pam Branin offered details about the Service Learning Community in residential housing to commence in August 2011. This year’s plans include the hiring of a suitable resident assistant, the use of a student service leader/coordinator, and the creation of learning cohorts among first-year students. The Service LC has 24 interested students, up 800% over last year! In addition, Pam plans to link her offerings of UNIV 1000 and UNIV 2120 with PSY 1010, taught by Steve Barney. She learned of other potential course pairings from committee members. Pam also raved about her ASB program in San Diego where, working with Via International, she and five students engaged in significant service and service-learning activities during a week-long visit. She is optimistic about future collaborations between SUU and Via.

C. Other Reports

Many committee members reported on their Alternative Spring Break trips. Steve Barney discussed his ASB program in Las Cruces, NM, where seven SUU participants served primarily in activities that aided elderly residents. Steve and his group were honored at a luncheon in which they received keys to the city from the mayor. Amy Dean spoke about her ASB trip to El Paso, Texas, in which ten SUU participants worked with Habitat for Humanity. Student leader Shayla Hill also spoke positively about their experiences, highlighting their assistance to a family moving into a new home. Cindy Wright traveled with a group of thirteen to northern Washington State to assist a Habitat for Humanity project near the Canadian border. All went well with them. Earl mentioned that the Rural Health Scholars had a small service group visit Montezuma Creek where they helped to staff a community health center and engaged in health outreach.

Lisa Assante reported on her forthcoming campus event, “Art, Food, Music, Wine,” organized by her students for April 6 in the Hunter Conference Center. Proceeds will benefit the Cedar City Downtown Retail Alliance. Also, Lisa provided advance notice for a “Service Learning Gala” on November 9 that will raise funds for campus activities. Jeff Hanson mentioned a recent meeting with Pam Branin and Jeb Branin that focused on converting the SL&CE web site, and all is moving forward. Briget Eastep reported that during recent visits by faculty job candidates in the School of Education, they were asked about their “engaged” teaching and learning practices.

IV. New Business

A. Campus and Community Recognition Event (April 11, 2011)

Under Pam’s direction and with substantial funding support from Civic Engagement, the Service & Learning Center will host a large event on Monday, April 11, between 4 and 6 PM in the Gilbert Great Hall. Building upon Pam’s annual “Thank You” events and the Faculty Student Scholarship Day Recognition Event, this gathering will publicly recognize the 2011 Service-Learning Fellows and others. Committee members were urged to attend and spread the word. Refreshments will be available and the award program will start at 5:30 PM. Suggestions for the guest list or for displays should be directed to Andreah Decker, and reahdecker86@gmail.com

B. 2011 Service-Learning Fellows Selection

After reviewing eight applications, the Committee selected four new 2011 Service-Learning Fellows to be announced on April 11. Recognized for promoting service-learning in an effective manner, each honoree will receive a handsome commemorative plaque and a $750 honorarium.

V. Old Business

VI. Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 PM.