Service-Learning & Civic Engagement


Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, October 26, 2007
Registrar’s Conference Room, 12 PM

Call to Order
Meeting was called to order by Earl Mulderink at 12:12 PM. In attendance: Steve Barney (HSS), Pam Branin (CSD), Briget Eastep (EDU), Jeff Hanson (PVA). Excused: Lisa Assante (BUS), Kelsey Bills (Student), Scott Hansen (CIET), Terri Hildebrand (SCI), Matt Nickerson (LIB & Honors Program), Karl Stevens (SCPS).

Approval of Minutes
Minutes of September 26, 2007, were acknowledged.

Chair Earl first discussed the Service-Learning Fellows Program and noted a deadline for applications of March 7, 2008. No other changes in the program or application process seemed necessary at this time. Second, he distributed a copy of the letter of intent for SUU’s participation in the IES Project headed by Professor Andrew Furco of UC-Berkeley and Theresa Cusimano, Executive Director of the Colorado Campus Compact. If the project is funded, and if SUU is selected as a member institution, we will receive a small grant (up to $4,000) to assist in survey and data collection relevant to student retention and service-learning participation. A third item related to the forthcoming Engaged Scholars Retreat to be hosted by Dixie State College February 7-9, 2008. Both Pam Branin and Steve Barney are members of the planning committee and it is expected that SUU will supply a large contingent of participants. A fourth topic centered on Earl’s desire to see members of this committee (and other faculty and staff) participate in state-wide, regional, and national conferences about service-learning and civic engagement. He explained that a new blog hosted by the Utah Campus Compact is one way to stay informed about conferences. Also, as a suggested conference, Earl highlighted the forthcoming Continuums of Service conference in Portland, Oregon, April 17-18, 2008, hosted by the Western Region Campus Compact. A final topic related to the “Community Engagement Fund” sponsored by SUU’s Office of Regional Services. Earl distributed information and suggested that we could consider tapping into such resources, especially in support of “Make A Difference Day.”

Pam Branin reported on “Make a Difference Day” scheduled for October 27, 2007, and shared a promotional flyer about the day’s events centered on the theme, “Our Troops Rock.” Pam credited students, especially Shannon Mullin, for organizing a number of events that included a run/walk, care package and holiday card assembly, and patriotic program. In addition, Pam discussed FASSST week activities and we discussed service-learning components of UNIV 1000.

New Business
A. Service-Learning Course Designation Criteria
Because we lacked a quorum, no action was taken on this item. We discussed several changes, mostly minor, which will be worked into the document for discussion and approval at our next meeting. Earl shared an email from Registrar Lindsey Brown expressing questions about our proposed policy, process, and criteria.

B. Assignments and Priorities for 2007-2008
In response to the short list below, Earl asked for suggestions about committee members’ preferences and strengths to pursue more specific tasks and to establish deadlines. (All of these suggestions are tentative.)

  1. S-L Course Designation (Full committee; aim for December to Deans’ Council)
  2. Professional Development (Steve Barney et al; ongoing)
    a. S-L Fellows Program and Recognition Events
    b. Workshops, Symposia, Movies, Resources
    c. Mini-Grants for Instruction
    d. Conference Participation
  3. Strategic Plan (including an Advisory Board); (Pam Branin, Earl Mulderink; ongoing)
  4. Web Site Enhancement (Jeff Hansen, Scott Hanson; ongoing)
  5. Public Relations (Briget Eastep, Kelsey Bills; ongoing)
  6. Other Ideas
    a. Video Productions and Promotions about SL&CE
    b. Thank-You and Recognition Event for Community Members
    c. Potential Advisory Board Members Suggested

Before meeting was adjourned at 1:01 PM, Earl stated that the next committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2007, with the expectation of greater attendance by committee members.