Service-Learning Report, March 2012



March 2012
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.

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Examining Community Service
Creighton University values community service and is committed to establishing strong relationships with its community partners. Outreach at Creighton takes on many forms, with the primary purposes being to provide service and educational experiences for our students, to enhance Creighton’s image in the community and, most importantly, to offer what we can to make lives better for others. The CUCR Network is composed of more than 30  individuals across campus who represent their departments and/or schools. Simply put, they are the “eyes and ears” in the community. This group gathers data, delivers information and provides strategic guidance to Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., and to the University.

In the fall of 2011, the CUCR Network undertook an audit of the many community relations projects. Phase one reported that there were more than 800 projects and events conducted in 2011. Phase two will involve a more detailed study, with the intent of determining the economic impact of Creighton’s community service and to measure the degree of student and staff involvement. Fr. Lannon will be meeting with the CUCR Network on April 3 to share his vision for community relations and to solicit help from the Network to broaden the scope of the audit.
Corporation for National & Community Service Updates
Service Honor Roll
For the fifth consecutive year, Creighton has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. We join six other Nebraska, 21 other Jesuit, and a total of 513 institutions of higher learning across the United States in celebrating our excellent work in "engaging students, faculty, and staff in substantial, relevant and meaningful service to communities."

Program spotlights
Continuing with our annual series highlighting the programs in which our students have participated, this month, we feature two of our federally funded programs: Classic Upward Bound and the Federal Work Study Program.

Classic Upward Bound is a federally funded program that assists Omaha high school students in achieving academic skills and personal growth necessary for successful completion of high school and admission to a four-year college/university. Upward Bound programs supplement students' high school experiences with academic preparation, career exploration and self-development opportunities. Additionally, classic Upward Bound offers a six-week residential summer component on Creighton's campus. More

Creighton annually commits a large percentage of its Federal Work Study (FWS) funds to employ students working in community service areas, both on and off campus. The federal government requires that at least 7 percent of all FWS funding be directed to community service work. Creighton’s percentage over the last several years has been more than 20 percent. In 2010-2011, almost 250 FWS students contributed more than 39,000 hours of paid community service. More
Metropolitan Coalition for Service Learning News
2012 Theme: refugees
Creighton University is a member of the Metro Area Service-Learning Coalition. The 2012 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.
Lunch and service-learn
College of Saint Mary is hosting a series of "Lunch and Service-Learn" presentations. Dee Acklie will discuss "Guidance and Classroom Management," on Wednesday, March 21 (noon-12:50 p.m), and Callie Watson and Mary Smith will present "Best Practices for Infusing Service Learning Across the Curriculum" on Thursday, April 5 (noon-12:50 p.m.). For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eric Kyle at ekyle@csm.edu.
health & safety fair
Iowa Western Community College will host its 28th Annual Preschool Health and Safety Fair, April 3 and 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register a group to attend the fair, contact the IWCC Service-Learning Office at 712-256-6539 or Corrine Grace at cgrace@iwcc.edu.
Campus Events
Project Homeless Connect Omaha 2012
On any given night in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, it is estimated there are approximately 1,500 homeless in shelters and on the streets. Project Homeless Connect Omaha 2012 is a one-day event that serves as a "one-stop shop" connecting homeless individuals to needed services, including: housing, health care, legal resources, Social Security, food-stamp benefits and employment. Government and nonprofit agencies, local businesses, volunteer groups, medical providers, legal experts and many other service providers come together in Creighton's Kiewit Fitness Center to offer on-site immediate assistance to individuals, families, seniors, veterans and youth who find themselves homeless.  

Volunteers are still needed for the March 23 event, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Contact Patrick O'Malley, if you have questions or difficulty registering.
Register to Volunteer
Conference Notes and Call for Papers
submissions welcome
The fall 2012 issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will focus on service-learning in the humanities. The editors welcome submissions of articles, essays and reflective pieces on service-learning from various points of view. Documents may focus on studies, theory, practice, interdisciplinary collaboration and school-community partnerships. Send inquiries and papers to Isabel Baca, ibaca@utep.edu, and Joana Owens, jowens1@ju.edu. Submission deadline is May 1.
Applied Learning
The 7th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE), hosted by Missouri Western State University, will be held March 22-24. The program features Patti Clayton and Janet Eyler, who will speak on service-learning. Conference details
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. Conference details
Community contacts
No More Empty Pots
No More Empty Pots is a grassroots 501c3 corporation created for the purpose of connecting individuals and groups to promote local, sustainable businesses that improve self-sufficiency and regional food security through advocacy and action. For more information or to find out how you can participate, contact Susan Whitfield or visit the website