Service-Learning Report, September 2011



September 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 402.280.2535.

addressing obesity epidemic
Seven Creighton faculty attended the Childhood Obesity Faculty Community Orientation hosted by Nebraska Methodist and Clarkson Colleges on Aug. 16. The event explored the obesity epidemic in Omaha and local efforts to address it.

Creighton's participants included: Anna Laughlin, Anna Nolette, Misty Schwartz, Helen Stanton Chapple, Jennifer Furze, Joan Lappe and Cindy Costanzo.

Some comments from those in attendance: "It was a great day to meet individuals from the community in a diverse number of specialties all working and interested in a common topic. I loved each of the community visits and was so pleased to see one of Creighton's DNP students as a spokesperson for the pediatric clinic at Liberty School!"

"This experience allowed me to have a broader sense of community activities that currently exist to decrease the pediatric obesity epidemic and how I might align my own faculty efforts and community engagement experiences for students to have a larger impact."
Campus Highlights
CCSJ Hosts volunteer fair
The Creighton Center for Service and Justice hosted more than 70 area agencies on Aug. 31 for its annual Service and Justice Volunteer Fair, held in the Harper Center's Ahmanson Ballroom. Volunteer opportunities
Solidarity Lecture Series
Creighton faculty will share their research and work in the areas of diversity and multiculturalism through the new Solidarity Lecture Series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Professor David Weber will present the first lecture on Sept. 15, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Harper 3028, on how changes in immigration laws have impacted Nebraska and Omaha.

Creighton faculty members interested in being part of the lecture series are asked to contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez.
Metropolitan Coalition for Service Learning News
2011 Theme: refugees
Creighton University is a member of the Metro Area Service-Learning Coalition. The 2011 theme is "Refugees."

The Coalition seeks to (1) increase collaboration and share selected service-learning programming among nine metro-area universities; (2) to offer coordinated programming on a selected topic each semester; and (3) to bring university and college resources to bear in educating students and the public about selected significant local, national and international issues.

All events listed below are open to Creighton faculty, staff and students.
constitution celebration
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is hosting a series of events to celebrate Constitution Week, Sept. 12-17. Events include: Sept. 12, panel discussion, "The Debt Ceiling and the Constitution," noon, Dodge Rooms, Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC); Sept. 13, portrayal of Susan B. Anthony, 11:30-12:30, Nebraska Room, MBSC; and Sept. 16, public lecture, Dr. Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University, "Lincoln and the Constitution: A Unionist for the sake of Liberty," 10 a.m., Nebraska Room, MBSC.
creative nonviolence
The College of Saint Mary is sponsoring a Service Learning Speaker Series for Fall 2011 on "Creative Nonviolence." September speakers include: the Rev. Jack McCaslin, Omaha Archdiocese, Sept. 23, 11-11:50 a.m., Mercy Hall Meeting Room; and Elyse Johnson, Omaha Together One Community, Sept. 30, 10-10:50 a.m., Hillmer Art Gallery. For more information, contact Dr. Eric Kyle, service-learning director.
Corporation for National & Community Service Updates
Courage of volunteers
From the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, a powerful new video juxtaposes heartbreaking disaster footage from New Orleans,  Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi, California and Missouri against the inspiring and courageous work of volunteers.
RSVP turns 40
RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older. This year, it celebrates 40 years of service. Watch video
President’s Honor Roll for Community Service
highlighting programs
Approximately 5,000 Creighton students contributed 278,000 hours of community service during academic year 2009-2010. Featured this month are two programs designed to help students succeed in or maximize their college experiences: Welcome Week and the School of Law's Clerkships in the Public Interest.
welcome week
Welcome Week is a student-run, student-focused program that serves as Creighton's official welcome to all new students. More than 130 student leaders participated in summer training and Welcome Week activities, led by two Welcome Week coordinators. These students donated almost 8,400 hours of service in support of welcoming Creighton's newest students.
Clerkship program
The School of Law's Clerkships in the Public Interest program provides summer funding for qualifying students who work in otherwise unpaid public-interest legal jobs. Additionally, the law school offers service-learning opportunities through its Street Law, Civil, and Community Economic Development clinics and externship program. Collectively, 154 law students voluntarily provided more than 32,200 hours of service. 
Conference Notes and Call for Papers
global health
The University of Nebraska Medical Center is sponsoring the three-day Midwestern Global Health Conference Sept. 9-11 at the Embassy Suites/Old Market. Find full conference details here or call 402-559-6414.
April 2012 conference
The 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference and youthrive PeaceJam National Leadership Conference will be held April 11-14, 2012, in Minneapolis. Workshop proposals are due before Sept. 23 and Service-Learning Showcase applications must be received before Nov. 14. Conference details