Service-Learning & Civic Engagement


Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Registrar’s Conference Room, 12 PM

Call to Order
Meeting was called to order by Earl Mulderink at 12:05 PM. In attendance: Lisa Assante (BUS), Steve Barney (HSS), Pam Branin (CSD), Briget Eastep (EDU), Scott Hansen (CIET), Jeff Hanson (PVA), and Lacie Jo Juber (Student). Excused: Terri Hildebrand (SCI), Matt Nickerson (LIB & Honors Program), Karl Stevens (SCPS). Guest: Boyd Fife (CIET).

Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the meeting for January 30, 2008, were accepted.

A. Chair

Earl Mulderink first thanked committee members and others who participated in the “Engaged Scholars Retreat” at DSC in early February. Also, Earl mentioned that he and Pam Branin had met with President Benson. Earl asked committee members to publicize imminent deadlines for the 2008 Service-Learning Fellows program and the Service-Learning Enhancement Grant Program.

B. Other Reports

Guest Boyd Fife of the Construction Management program was asked to provide an overview of his service-learning programs over the years. In addition to repeat visits during alternative breaks to Guaymas, Mexico, Boyd has assisted with student-led trips to Galway, Ireland. Students have constructed homes for disadvantaged people and have learned much from their cross-cultural experiences. Future plans include more construction projects in other parts of Mexico.

New Business
A. Utah Campus Compact Nominations
Earl distributed information sheets and criteria for three categories, noting that UCC will not host a state-wide recognition event in Salt Lake City. We decided to finalize our award recipients at the next monthly committee meeting.

B. Service-Learing Course Approval
The committee discussed application materials and syllabi for the following courses to receive designation as “service-learning” courses. Each was approved unanimously.

  • Quantity Food Production (HRHM 3110), Professor Lisa Assante (BUS)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 4310), Professor Steve Barney (HSS)
  • United States History To/Since 1877 (HIST 2700/HIST 2710), Professor Earl Mulderink (HSS)
  • **** 2120, Service-Learning Courses (each college)

The committee suggested that we should publicize these courses through congratulatory letters to each applicant and to the respective chairs and deans.

C. Service-Learning Enhancement Grant Application
The committee discussed and approved unanimously a grant application from Dr. Cynthia Wright for a project entitled, “Testing and Treating Household Drinking Water in Guaymas, Mexico,” slated for March 14-22, 2008. The project’s budget was $499, mainly for equipment and supplies.

In discussing the grant program and process, some suggestions were offered on improving the online application materials, including a more useful method of attaching documents to the application.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 PM.