Service-Learning & Civic Engagement


Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 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: Steve Barney (HSS), Briget Eastep (EDU), Shayla Hill (Student), Lacie Jo Robinson (S&L Center), Karl Stevens (SCPS), Cindy Wright (SCI). Excused: Lisa Assante (BUS), Pam Branin (CSD), Boyd Fife (CIET), Jeff Hanson (PVA). Guest: Amy Dean (SUU/UCC Vista Staff).

Amy Dean was introduced and she explained her focus in working with community partners.

II. Approval of Minutes
Minutes were approved for the meeting of November 10, 2010.

III. Reports
A. Chair’s Report

Earl Mulderink began by noting the committee’s meeting schedule for Spring 2011: January 26, February 23, March 23, and April 20. He noted that registration is still open for the Utah Campus Compact annual conference and recognition event on February 11. Earl urged everyone to spread the word and attend Convocation on February 1 that will feature Greg Mortenson, co-author and subject of Three Cups of Tea. Earl thanked committee members and others across campus who provided helpful information that supported SUU’s second application to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This year, SUU documented over 76,000 service hours by students! Following up on SUU’s recent designation as a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution, Earl distributed a list of the other colleges and universities that made the grade in 2010. He briefly talked about recent meetings with Provost Cook and looked optimistically to the creation of a “Community Engagement Center” circa July 1, 2011. Earl distributed copies of the planned invitation and application form for this year’s round of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows, asking committee members to encourage others to apply. Finally, he mentioned that he and Pam Branin have talked about having a larger, more formal, end-of-year Thank You and Recognition Event for everyone connected with service and service-learning, probably in mid- to late-April.

B. Pam Branin, Coordinator of the Service & Learning Center

Because Pam Branin was attending a conference, Earl offered a report on her behalf. Amy Dean is working on MOU’s for Community Partners to be shared soon with committee members. (Faculty can send suggestions to her at Pam has notified students that Alternative Break trips to Mexico are a no go for Spring 2011 -- and for the foreseeable future. Alternatives are being explored in San Diego, the Four Corners, and elsewhere. Last weekend, Pam organized and hosted her yearly retreat with student service-leaders. Pam is expecting to organize a workshop in February to demonstrate online tracking software used at other universities and non-profit organizations. (Earl mentioned that obtaining and implementing a tracking system is a priority for next year.) Finally, Pam expects that applications for next year’s Student Service Leaders will be available on March 21 and due April 4. She expects at least two new positions, one focused on the Special Olympics and the other a liaison with the Service Learning Community in SUU’s residential housing.

C. Other Reports

Cindy Wright reported that last semester’s service effort on campus performed over 500 A1N screenings with the assistance of about two dozen students in various disciplines. Karl Stevens offered his assistance in testing or procuring tracking software for documenting service on campus and in the community. Lacie Jo Robinson explained plans for National Volunteer Week (April 11-15) along with SUU’s annual Health and Safety Carnival on April 9. Also, Lacie Jo mentioned that nearly all AmeriCorps slots are filled for this year. (Earl stated that with support of the Utah Campus Compact, SUU hopes to increase its number of AmeriCorps recipients to about 300 in 2011-2012, and the consequent increase in funding should allow for an expansion of Lacie Jo’s position.) Steve Barney reported that his department is interviewing applicants for a new faculty position and about two-thirds of them expressed interest in or experience with service-learning, as mentioned in the position description. Briget Eastep noted that she is continuing to work on service-learning with colleagues in the School of Education.

IV. New Business
A. Experiential Education Requirement (EER) and “Community Engagement” Discussion

Earl led a brief discussion about the current status of planning for the EER and hopes for an enlarged role for “Community Engagement” in next year.

B. Service-Learning Course Proposals

For each of the submitted course proposals, motions were made and seconded to approve the courses, with discussion following for each.
1. EESL 4320 (Cunningham) – Approved
2. EESL 4340 (Cunningham) – Approved
3. SOC 3030 (McDonald) – Approved
4. NURS 3260 (Rasmusson) – Not Approved
Earl will follow up as needed.

C. Other

No other business.

V. Old Business
A. Curricular Issues: School of Education S-L Course Proposals

No discussion.

VI. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 1:05 PM.