Community Engagement Center (CEC)
GREETINGS FROM THE CVR
Please join us in recognizing our students' commitment to community involvement. Students logged 6292.45 hours of volunteer service during fall term. While we know that this does not capture the complete picture of our students' engagement in the community, this number reflects some significant involvement. Campus organizations have been encouraged to develop more committed, long-term relationships with one or two organizations rather than spreading themselves thin among the community. Though this initiative is still new, the service hours logged during fall term reflect that Greek and Service groups on campus are embracing the commitment.
INTERNATIONAL & MULTICULTURAL STUDENT DIVERSITY TRAINING FOR FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION
Monday, November 26 or Thursday, November 29, 2012
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center (Heavy hors d' oeuvres, wine, beer)
Come and enjoy some time with your colleagues as we talk about how you can help build a supportive environment for our international students and our students of color here at Augustana College.
This program will discuss what college is like from a diverse student perspective, cultural differences of international students, and we will discuss students' classroom concerns.
Please join us for one of our sessions. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday November 23rd and let us know which of the two dates you will be attending.
INTERESTED IN SERVICE LEARNING?
Research on service learning indicates that it promotes greater academic achievement and civic engagement. "Students report that they are motivated to work harder in service learning classes, experienced deeper understanding of subject matter and social issues, and were better able to apply classroom learning to real problems" (Brownell & Swaner, 2010, p. 25).
Faculty who would like to develop a course/section with a service learning designation can receive a $500.00 grant from the CEC to support their efforts. Brigitte McCray, a new faculty member in English, recently received this grant for two upcoming winter term courses. In LSFY 102 students will be working with residents of St. Anthony's, and in ENGL 208, the class will participate in St. John's WOW program.
If you are not quite ready for a full SL course, you can try-out service learning on a smaller scale. CEC staff can work with you to integrate service activities in your courses. For example, this fall in a two week time frame the students in COMM 384: Social Action Research gathered over 915 pounds of food and $270.00 to support the work of the River Bend Food Bank. Two modules in the Twenty Minute Mentor series can provide a foundation for incorporating these learning experiences.
For more information on service learning, contact Ellen Hay at x8614 to consider the possibilities.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Join your colleagues on Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the CEC space in Sorensen Hall for Coffee and Conversation. Talk to your colleagues and meet all the new faculty that have moved into Sorensen for the year. Enjoy a hot cup of Starbucks coffee ($1.50 for a 12 oz. cup of coffee, FREE for the first 10 people). Indulge in a sweet treat. Stop by as you are able. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!