Service-Learning Report, February 2011



February 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.

Project homeless connect
Project Homeless Connect Omaha, a one-day event that connects homeless individuals to needed services, will once again be held at Creighton University's Kiewit Fitness Center on March 25.

Agencies, businesses and volunteers come together to offer on-site, immediate assistance to individuals, families, seniors, veterans and youth who find themselves homeless. Assistance is offered in areas such as housing, health care, legal resources, Social Security, food-stamp benefits and employment.

Creighton students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends are needed to volunteer for set up, clean up and to serve as Navigators; health care professionals are also needed to offer their skills.
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Metropolitan Coalition for Service Learning News
Collaborative effort
The newly formed Metro Area Service-Learning Coalition exists to increase collaboration and share selected service-learning programming among nine metro-area colleges and universities; to offer coordinated programming on a selected topic each semester; and to bring resources to bear in educating students and the public about selected significant local, national and international issues.
Immigration Stamp 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
Athena Ramos and Renaisa Anthony from the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UNMC will present "Communication Barriers in Healthcare: Effects and Interventions" on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 5:30-8 p.m., at Clarkson College. For more information, contact Brooke Dowse Wiseman.
Corporation for National & Community Service Updates
278,000 hours of service
Approximately 5,000 Creighton students contributed 278,000 hours of community service during academic year 2009-2010. Read below about the Fall and Spring Break Service Trips and the Migrant Service Learning Project.
Service trips
The Fall and Spring Break Service Trips immersed 262 students into one of 28 host communities, locally and internally, during 35 trips. Trips are student lead, and all groups go through formation, where the focus is on both community-building within the service group and engaging host communities in a respectful and engaged manner.
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Migrant journey
Creighton and the Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network are unified in their spiritual commitment to promoting social justice in rural migrant communities. For the third year, 17 students and two staff visited migrant housing/work camps over spring break to experience the living conditions and socialize with the migrant families.
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Conference Notes and Call for Papers
Conference Logo 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-Campus Partnerships for Health Logo 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
SDSU International Conference Logo 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
National Forensic Association Logo 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 Image 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.