Service-Learning & Civic Engagement


Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12 Noon
Service & Learning Center
185 S. 300 West

I. Call to Order
Earl Mulderink called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM. In attendance: Lisa Assante (BUS), Pam Branin (CSD), Briget Eastep (EDU), Boyd Fife (CIET), Shayla Hill (Student), Cindy Wright (SCI). Excused: Steve Barney (HSS), Jeff Hanson (PVA), Lacie Jo Robinson (S&L Center), Karl Stevens (SCPS).

II. Approval of Minutes
Minutes were approved for the meeting of October 13, 2010.

III. Reports
A. Chair’s Report
Earl Mulderink welcomed committee members and discussed recent events that included 1) a successful Open House on November 8 for hundreds of UNIV 1000 students who visited the “Civic Engagement Center” and three other engagement centers; 2) recognition at half time of the SUU-DSC football game for the Rural Health Scholars, Rita Osborn, and Earl Mulderink. Forthcoming events include a UCAP forum sponsored by Wes Curtis on November 17 and SUU’s submission by December 10 of an institutional survey to the national Campus Compact. He urged committee members to encourage students to donate copies of Three Cups of Tea for distribution to local high school students.

B. Pam Branin, Coordinator of the Service & Learning Center
Pam Branin reported on a fund-raising event at Maggie Moo’s on November 11 between 6 and 9 PM with “celebrity scoopers.” Proceeds will support service programs at SUU. She requested volunteer servers for Bread & Soup Nite on Monday, December 6, in the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom. The local Sub for Santa program has begun with a tree and information located in the student center. Alternative Break trips are scheduled to depart in a month.

C. Other Reports
Briget Eastep reported that she had met with colleague Peggy Wittwer to discuss service-learning course applications from her and other colleagues in the Sorenson College of Education. Also, Briget returned recently from a national conference on outdoor leadership through which she gained valuable information about risk management that she will share with campus, starting soon with student service leaders. She also spoke about forthcoming events to raise funds for foreign students who may be here during the semester break and will be treated to skiing at Brian Head. Next, Boyd Fife reported that more than thirty participants are expected to serve in Mexico in home construction projects. Cindy Wright noted that she and students will spend the week of November 11-15 engaged in free A1C screenings between 8 AM and 5 PM in the Sharwan Smith Center. She expects to test up to 500 people affiliated with SUU. Lisa Assante brought the committee up to date on multiple efforts to raise funds to help a local child, David, to “Make a Wish.” With students in her service-learning course, Lisa is promoting 1) pizza sales, 2) pictures with Santa, 3) funding appeals to SUUSA, and 4) a gala dinner on November 17 in the Gilbert Great Hall with tax-deductible tickets of $25 per person. Committee members complimented Lisa for her skillful work in raising funds and publicity for this worthwhile project.

IV. New Business
A. President’s Community Service Honor Roll (handout)

Earl distributed copies of the online template for this year’s application to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, due December 16. He is confident that this year’s online form and greater awareness of the award will lead to significantly more service hours for 2009-2010. He asked committee members to fill out templates and urge others to do the same.

B. Utah Campus Compact Honorees (handout)

SUU will again join the UCC in recognizing a Civically Engaged Scholar, Student, Staff Member, and Committed Community Partner. The annual statewide recognition event will be on February 11, 2011, in Salt Lake City, and our deadlines have been moved up from previous years. Earl asked that nominations be submitted before Friday, December 3, so that our committee can deliberate at our next scheduled meeting on December 8. Earl also distributed the recent UCC email update of November 9, pointing out funding opportunities from the UCC for students, staff, and faculty. Since Betsy Ward became Executive Director, Earl and Pam noted, the UCC has provided substantial support for SUU’s participation in two conferences.

C. Experiential Education Requirement (EER) Discussion (handout)

Two items were distributed, the first a draft of a proposed mission statement for the “Civic Engagement Center,” the second a summary of current expectations for the “Experiential Education Requirement” (EER) to be implemented in Fall 2011. Earl explained briefly that the new “Civic Engagement Center” will fulfill functions of the present Service & Learning Center, and we can anticipate many students moving into this engagement track. The ensuing discussion touched on positive elements of the EER along with challenges in instituting it.

IV. New Business
A. Curricular Issues: School of Education S-L Course Proposals

No discussion.

VI. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM.