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Call for Papers

Engaged Scholarship: 

Service and the Future of Learning

Friday March 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

 

We are currently accepting papers on the theme of service and the future of learning. at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA. The conference will be held on Friday March 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

This conference will call our attention to educational models that enhance engaged scholarship and develop collaborative relationships between academic institutions, private and public organizations, and local citizens to impact the larger community. Our conference theme poses the following set of questions:

What are the new and future engaged scholarship projects that are helping to build stronger communities and can be replicated in other communities?

• In what ways can Universities work with their community partners to better prepare students in connecting their studies with the real-world problems facing our cities and towns?

• How do we prepare students to be globally competent citizens in our interdependent world?

• How do we assess the value of engaged scholarship?

We will select presentations that address our theme to join with notable New England leaders: Barbara Canyes, Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact; Jack Foley of Clark University and the University Park Project; Matthew Roy of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth a leader in service learning and assessment.

Conference Outcomes

Papers from this conference will be eligible for submission to Currents in Teaching and Learning, a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines. A special edition focused on engaged scholarship is scheduled for the near future. Currents in Teaching and Learning is a publication of our conference partner Worcester State University

 

Conference Information

Proposals for presentations are due on February 17 and should include a 300 word abstract indicating the authors name and affiliation. The conference cost is $20 before March 3, and $25 after that date. 

Proposals and conference registration may be sent to Mark Wagner mwagner2@worcester.edu or

John Chetro-Szivos, jchetro@fitchburgstate.edu.

 

Holiday Gift and Art Auction  

Join the Worcester State University community on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the Student Center, Blue Lounge for an evening of fun, fellowship, and in support of Worcester State students at the 3rd Annual Gift and Art Auction sponsored by the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

The evening will be headlined by comedian Jimmy Tingle, doing his new show: Making Comic Sense. Jimmy will be followed by a live auction, which includes tickets, gift cards, and new artwork by Adele Flood, Nan Fleming, Catherine McDermott and WSU faculty in the Visual and Performing Arts and Communication Departments. Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Invitations to follow. Tickets for this event are $25.00 To purchase tickets now visit: worcester.imodules.com

Auction proceeds from this event benefit the McCarthy Coyle Wagner Scholarship in Community Activism. For more information, call 508-929-8635. In addition, some funds will help students on international service learning projects.

 

Make a Difference Day: October 26th, 9:00 am. - 1:00 pm. 

Please join The Office of Residence Life, Theme Semester, The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, The Office of Sustainability, and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement in this celebration of helping neighbors.  This year, the Center for Social Innovation is joining us — and Millions of volunteers from around the world — who will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day / Worcester.  WSU Teams will:

 ¨ Plant bulbs on WSU’s campus

¨ Beautify the Grounds of Chandler Magnet School

¨ Work with the City Manager’s Clean Team

 To sign up, contact wsu_cslce@worcester.edu or call 508-929-8635

Civic Learning and Engagement 

In 2010, The Vision Project identified five key educational outcomes in which public higher education should aspire to national leadership: college participation; graduation and student success rates; level of student learning; alignment of degree production with workforce needs, and elimination of disparities in educational outcomes among subpopulations.  In March 2012, the Board of Higher Education added a sixth key educational outcome to the Vision Project focused on civic education and engagement, reflecting more accurately the "vision" of an educated citizenry.  Tracking the hours of engagement and the number and range of community partners is a key feature of assessment of civic learning and engagement.  Projects involving service learning, internships, Practicums, clinical placements, and volunteerism involve faculty, staff, and students in reciprocal partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations in communities to address critical social issues.  The goals of service learning and civic learning and engagement are to prepare individuals for effective democratic participation, which in turn promotes growth of healthy communities, global economic vitality, social and political well-being and democratic human interactions. Toward this end, The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement began moving toward a comprehensive tracking in ’11.  While the system we have in place is not flawless, we have moved toward wide participating in the tracking of projects and services, and this year — 2012-2013 — reporting the following:  

Service Learning:  32 projects involving 487 Students contributing 8308.5 hours.

Internships: 131 Projects involving 140 students contributing 20,243 hours.

Volunteerism: 33 Projects involving 541 students and 2453.5 hours.

Clinicals: 47 Projects involving 1264 students contributing 95,513 hours.

Practicums: 90 Projects involving 443 students contributing 23,118 hours.

Community Based Research: 3 Projects involving 20 students contributing 82 Hours.

In all, 336 Projects involving 380 partners and 2895 students contributing 149,718 hours.

 

 

Core Competencies in Civic Engagement

Please join us and Jeremy Poehnert of MA Campus Compact for a workshop investigating core competencies in civic engagement.  The workshop will take place January 29th in the Center for Teaching and Learning  (S 117) from 2:30—4:00.  Mr. Poehnert is the co-author of  Core Competencies in Civic Engagement, a working paper for Merrimack College’s Center for Engaged Democracy. Read more at: http://www.merrimack.edu/live/files/160-core-competencies-in-civic-engagement. 

For more information contact wsu-cslce@worcester.edu

 

Run for a Scholar -- Family Day -- September 20th
Where: Run for a Scholar will begin and end at Worcester State University, On Chandler Street in front of the Ghosh Science and Technology Building. Amenities: Race T-shirts for the first 50 registrants, prizes, mile markers, finish line clock, water station. Entry Fee: Students $5. Pre-registered $20 (Rec’d by September 10) All Central Mass Strider runners: $15. For an application, visit: www.worcester.edu/familyWeekend
Make a Difference Day: October 26th
 

Please join The Office of Residence Life, Theme Semester, The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, The Office of Sustainability, and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement in this celebration of helping neighbors.  This year, the Center for Social Innovation is joining us — and Millions of volunteers from around the world — who will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day / Worcester.  WSU Teams will:

 

¨ Plant bulbs on WSU’s campus

¨ Beautify the Grounds of Chandler Magnet School

¨ Work with the City Manager’s Clean Team

 

Study Group Report on Civic Learning and Engagement
The Study Group on Civic Learning and Engagement: Preparing Citizens

 
The Study Group on Civic Learning and Engagement, led by Mount Wachusett Community College President Dan Asquino, has been meeting continuously since October 2012 and has now finalized its work. The Study Group made substantive recommendations in response to the Department's charge, a copy of which is posted on Links of Interest here. The Board of Higher Education is asking for your comments and suggestions by October 25, 2013, so that we can revise the document as necessary prior to its review by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Higher Education on December 3, 2013, and subsequently by the full board on December 10, 2013. Please contact Mark Wagner with any questions. x 8635.
Alternative Spring Break to Managua Nicaragua
For the 8th year, CSLCE is again teaming up with The History Department and International Programs to sponsor the Alternative Spring Break to Managua Nicaragua. WSU students enroll in HI 230 Nicaragua, US and the World and Earn 3 LASC credits while traveling to Nicaragua during Spring Break. DEADLINE for applications is Tuesday, October 1.  Applications are now available in The International Programs Office (Admin 159), The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SC322), and The History Department (s-327). Return applications to Dr. Aldo Garcia-Guevara (S-327), Katey Palumbo in the International Programs Office (Admin 159), or Dr. Mark Wagner, Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, (SC 322) – Phone: 508-929-8635. Questions? Contact this year's Student Leader for the trip: Cynthia Romero cromero1@worcester.edu 
 
RFK Children’s Action Corps

RFK Children’s Action Corps is seeking our help to
refer students into their Evaluation Period, which is full time work throughout the coming summer at RFK’s residential treatment center in Lancaster. The Evaluation Period provides students with experience and an opportunity to decide, if they wish, to formally apply for the Fellows Program beginning in Fall 2012. The Fellows Program is a credited, year-long social services internship. RFK will accept up to four students for the summer and two students for the Fellows Program.

For information, contact Dave Tivnan at 617-438-7154 or
DTivnan@rfkchildren.org

 
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  A Report on WSU Student Success
  2012-13 Faculty Liaisons
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  MA Campus Compact
  Service Learning Clearing House
  Manna Project International
  Advancing Student Engagement in Communities: A Wiki Toolkit for Effective Orientation and Evaluation
  CSLCE Lending Library
  2012 - 2013 Service Projects
  Learn and Serve America
  Youth Changing the World
  WSU WPS Leadership Survey
  Community Partners of WSU
  CLEWS
  State Study Group Report on Civic Learning and Engagement
  Community Partner Survey
  Student Survey


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