Faculty Service-Learning Committee
Monday, September 19, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Community Engagement Center
417 West 200 South
I. Call to Order
Earl Mulderink called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. In attendance: Pam Branin (CEC), Sheraya Barajas Brown (CEC), Veronica Cazares (CEC), Bridget Eastep (EDU), Boyd Fife (COSE), Jeffrey Hanson (PVA), Karl Stevens (SCPS) Wynne Summers (HSS). Excused: Lisa Assante (BUS), Shayla Hill (Student), Lacie Jo Robinson (CEC).
II. Approval of Minutes
Minutes were approved for the meeting of April 18, 2011.
A. Earl Mulderink, Chair
Earl welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the semester. He mentioned that the Community Engagement Center has evolved into an amazing work environment with new paint, carpet, air conditioning, and useful space. He thanked Facilities Management, Pam, Lacie Jo, Shayla, and Amy for working hard to clean up the CEC, a former sorority house. A new storage shed is coming, thanks in part to President Benson who offered to pay for half. Sheraya Barajas Brown, a work-study student, is the CEC's Communications Manager who will sustain publicity through Facebook, Twitter, a blog, and other promotional efforts. Earl acknowledged good press in recent issues of the University Journal and encouraged everyone to share with Sheraya. Finally, Earl distributed a handout that explains the "Community Engagement" Module for the new UNIV 1010, Introduction to Experiential Education.
B. Pam Branin, Associate Director of the Community Engagement Center
Pam reported that Amy Dean Brinkerhoff, our VISTA for the past eleven months, is now directing the Iron County Volunteer Center. The CEC is advertising for a VISTA replacement, and applications can be submitted online at Americorps.gov. The full-time positions exclude students and provide a living allowance and educational stipend at the conclusion of service. Pam spoke about the Service Learning Community located in Cedar Hall that meets weekly on Wednesdays and is overseen by an excellent Resident Assistant, Gianna Lopresti. They will devote every other week to a service activity. At this point, Pam oversees 22 Service Leaders who are responsible for the CEC's many service programs that now include Special Olympics. This year's "Service Saturday" was successful as about 800 students participated at 16 community sites along with smaller groups who worked at car washes. Food and cash donations were raised to support the Iron County Care & Share in line with the university's "Food and Faiths" initiative.
C. Other Reports
Karl Stevens talked briefly about the new Canvas LMS and plans to offer tutorials to support UNIV 1010 and the Experiential Education program. Bridget Eastep mentioned a forthcoming service event on Saturday, September 24, at Three Peaks Recreational Area as part of a BLM public lands initiative. Also, Briget and Pam discussed new plans for "Family Hikes" in Fall 2011.
IV. New Business
A. Forthcoming Events and Activities
B. Committee Goals for 2011-2012 (Discussion)
Earl offered to follow up as needed, particularly after our web site is reorganized.
V. Old Business
Questions were raised about Alternative Break trips to Mexico, and Pam explained that she is investigating a potential trip in late December to Mexicali through a well-established organization, Via International. SUU had excellent experience with Via last year in San Diego. Otherwise, Earl mentioned that the Rural Health Scholars program is planning a trip in late December to Managua, Nicaragua, that will aim for pre-med students.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.