Service-Learning & Civic Engagement


Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Registrar’s Conference Room, 12 PM

Call to Order
Meeting was called to order by Earl Mulderink at 12:08 PM. In attendance: Lisa Assante (BUS), Steve Barney (HSS), Pam Branin (CSD), Briget Eastep (EDU), Scott Hansen (CIET), Jeff Hanson (PVA), Matt Nickerson (LIB & Honors Program), Karl Stevens (SCPS). Excused: Kelsey Bills (Student), Terri Hildebrand (SCI).

Approval of Minutes
Minutes of meetings for September 25, 2007, and October 26, 2007, were approved without changes.

Chair Earl Mulderink informed committee members of forthcoming events and distributed copies of an article for the forthcoming Provost’s Newsletter. He encouraged committee members to participate in the Engaged Scholar Retreat at Dixie State College on February 8-9, 2008. Earl thanked Steve Barney and Pam Branin for helping to plan the retreat, sponsored by the Utah Campus Compact. In addition, Earl mentioned that he had placed on our SL&CE web site a new link for the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse monthly newsletter, and urged others to subscribe and share with others.

Under the category of “Other Reports,” Pam Branin discussed efforts to engage in service during the FASSST week in October, and she reported on the success of “Make a Difference” Day that included several hundred SUU students. Also, Pam mentioned that the once-per-month “Bread and Soup” nights continue to draw hundreds of students.

An invited guest, Anne Smith, talked about her newly-established position and efforts to provide other opportunities for SUU students through an inter-government initiative of land agencies in southern Utah. Anne explained that government agencies (e.g., NPS and BLM) are eager for SUU students who can engage in a wide variety of service, service-learning, internship, and employment opportunities. Ideally, the programs will cross disciplines and provide up to 15 separate $1,000 awards for students. Anne stated that a new web site will be available soon, and she distributed a brochure that outlines programs. Her office will be in Career Services.

Old Business
A. Service-Learning Course Designation Criteria
A copy of the proposed Service-Learning Course Designation Proposal and background materials were distributed. Committee members approved the policy, process, and criteria for designating service-learning classes. One suggestion was to add “section” on the application form to maximize flexibility for instructors seeking approval. A few questions needed follow-up with the Registrar’s Office prior to taking our recommendations to Deans’ Council. Among unresolved issues is the status of a university-based 2120 courses, similar to those presently available for each college/school. Pam shared her experiences in teaching 2120 classes several years ago, and she explained that students and others want to have this as another service-learning course option on campus. Another suggestion was to develop an upper-level version of 2120 since many students need upper-level credits more than lower-level ones.

B. Assignments and Priorities for 2007-2008
Due to time constraints, this issue was not discussed fully except that Earl welcomed suggestions and “volunteers” via email.

New Business
A. Mini-grant Program
Time limitations prevented a full discussion, but Earl asked for suggestions about the range of grants to award once the program is implemented. One suggestion is to keep the forms, criteria, and expectations simple. Our goal is to have the mini-grant program in place for Spring 2008.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 PM with plans to meet again in early December.