Service-Learning Report, January 2011



January 2011
About Us
The Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) at Creighton University provides ongoing support and resources to enhance teacher effectiveness and student learning.

To learn more about faculty development programming, assessment, course design, student learning processes and/or effective teaching methods, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), contact Mary Ann Danielson at 280.2535.

Service awards deadline nears
The Students In Service Awards (SISA) program is a national search for inspirational college students who are positively impacting social and environmental challenges facing our communities. These awards share amazing stories of college student service leaders with a national audience, inspiring our communities to deepen their support of student civic engagement.

The SISA includes scholarships and grants to: college students (up to $5,000), college service-learning centers, and non-profit partners. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. (PST), Jan. 28, 2011. For details, see http://www.serviceawards.org.

Metropolitan Coalition for Service Learning News
Coalition aims to engage
Creighton University joins eight other area higher-education institutions in the Metropolitan Coalition for Service Learning. The coalition aims to engage students with their communities, to positively impact student learning, and to meet the needs of community partners.  
immigration is theme
"Immigration" is the theme for the coalition's 2011 programming. Creighton faculty, staff and students are invited to share theme-related events, course, lectures, etc., for inclusion in a citywide calendar. For more information, contact Mary Ann Danielson, maddam@creighton.edu, 280.2535.
Lecture event
Maria Luisa Gaston, director of Hispanic admissions at College of Saint Mary (CSM), will present "Immigrant Women's Hopes in a New Land" on Jan. 26, from 1-2:15 p.m., in the Gross Auditorium on the CSM campus. For more information, contact Jennifer Reed-Bouley, 399.2632.
Corporation for National & Community Service Updates
Honor Roll Report
Thank you to all those who contributed to Creighton's President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll report. Approximately 5,000 Creighton students contributed 278,000 hours of community service during academic 2009-2010. Look for monthly profiles of our programs throughout 2011.
My American Story
The corporation released "My American Story," a series of television public service announcements that feature ordinary Americans tackling problems in their communities. View the videos or submit your own here.
Conference Notes and Call for Papers
national conference
Please consider attending the 22nd Annual National Service-Learning Conference, April 6-9, in Atlanta, Ga. This event is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, attracting attendees nationally and globally.
Conference website
Community-University Partnerships
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the Canadian-led Community-University Expo will host a May 10-14 conference highlighting community-university partnerships as vehicles for social change.
Conference website
International Conference
South Dakota State University will host the International Conference on Study Abroad, Service Learning and Sustainability, May 12-14. Keynote speakers include Daniel Greenberg, Ed Wells, Lucia Legan and Andre Jaeger Soares. For more information, contact Sarah.Wittmuss@usd.edu.
Conference website
Forensics Journal
The peer-reviewed National Forensics Journal will publish a special issue on service learning. There is a call for articles that illuminate service learning within forensics or education that has residual effects for the forensics community. For details, contact Dr. Kittie Grace, kgrace@hastings.edu
Community opportunities
Walking Tour
The 24th and Lake Walking Tour is planning a guided tour and website that will highlight the arts, architecture, history, culture/ethnicity and local businesses/organizations in the neighborhood. Want to help? Contact Vince Furlong, Omaha Urban Neighborhoods, vfurlong@cox.net, 709.2586.