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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 1:30 - 2:30 PM

  • The HUB 5 to 9 Photography Project

    • Brian Kmec Montana State University, Billings

    McKenzie-Merket 1

    The HUB, a drop-in center for homeless in Billings, MT, is the site and subject of The 5 to 9 Photography Project. The HUB opens its doors at 9:00am and closes them at 5pm everyday sending hundreds of homeless individuals out into the streets for the night. The obvious questions are: where do they go and what do they do? This student-led photography project answered these questions and proposed some solutions.

  • Cameras, Community and Job-Training: A Tale of Short-Term Engagement

    • George Daniels The University of Alabama

    McKenzie-Merket 1

    What happens when you do all the right things and a community partnership is short-lived? Job trainers in Hale County, Alabama initiated a partnership with the University of Alabama using photography. See the concept, the photos and video that resulted and debrief with the only remaining partner in the project.

  • Global Youth Engagement: A Transnational Collaborative Documentary Project

    • Sasikumar Balasundaram University of Kentucky
    • Josh May Appalachian Media Institute

    McKenzie-Merket 2

    This presentation focuses on a transnational documentary project that connects young people of Appalachia, Up-country -Sri Lanka and Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The purpose of this project is to empower, sponsor cross-cultural exchanges, and promote leadership among rural youth to be equal partners at the global stage.

  • International Collaboration for Engaging Rural Community Development in Phrao, Northern Thailand

    • Chase A. Mitchell Texas Tech University

    McKenzie-Merket 2

    This research is adapted from my Masters thesis research, and is presented here as a brief documentary film. The film illustrates the communication challenges, strategies, and tactics of Warm Heart Worldwide, Inc., a rural development organization in Phrao district, northern Thailand, and how they find success by international collaboration and engagement with private industry and higher educational institutions.

  • Service Learning + Social Activism in Graphic Design

    • Carla Tedeschi Texas Tech University

    McKenzie-Merket 3

    The field of design has keen roots in social activism. Social activism can be defined as a cause that translates beyond mere offering of one’s services. Activism is not simply avid volunteerism, but the process of taking private problems or injustices and translating them into larger social issues. In the context of a service learning course, design students actively question the role and responsibilities of the designer in today’s society and allows students to see the practical effect their chosen field can have on the community while also allowing them to give something back.

  • Faculty Dispositions Toward Community Engagement in the Arts

    • Sara Dorow University of Alberta
    • Nicole Smith Acuña University of Alberta

    McKenzie-Merket 3

    The commitment to “community engagement” in higher education must come to terms with the realities of academic structures and cultures within the institution. One way forward is to better understand the range of ways in which academic staff understand their professional roles. Our analysis of open-ended survey questions and depth interviews among liberal arts academics in a large public research university reveals a typology of dispositions toward community engagement. We find that these dispositions are shaped by disciplinary area, gender, rank, and years of experience. But of equal importance are their differing conceptions of the relationships between the individual academic, the institution, and the community.

  • Boundary-Spanning & Border-Crossing: Connecting Religion & Technology in Service-Learning

    • Michael Hogue Meadville Lombard Theological School
    • Martin Wolske University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
    • Darrick Jackson Meadville Lombard Theological School
    • Sharon Welch Meadville Lombard Theological School

    McKenzie-Merket 4

    Religion and technology share the paradox of being two of history’s most connective and divisive forces. This presentation shares what theological educators and community informatics researchers are learning as they collaborate to design a more socially and digitally inclusive service-learning model of progressive religious formation.

  • Bridging Divides: Authentic Service Learning Employing Videoconferencing

    • Keith Dye Texas Tech University

    McKenzie-Merket 4

    Digital technologies provide exciting student opportunities. This session will explore videoconferencing as a tool to deliver instruction from college students to students attending schools in high needs settings. The logistic “how-tos” will be detailed, but more importantly, evidence of students’ self-reflective analysis will be shared and explored.

  • Implementing the AchieveTexas College & Career Initiative

    • Karen Alexander Texas Tech University
    • Cynthia Miller Texas Tech University

    McKenzie-Merket 5

    Due to global competition, Texas graduates are not just vying for jobs with those from across town or other states, they are also competing for jobs with well- educated workers from other countries. This session will introduce participants to the AchieveTexas College & Career Initiative from the Texas Education Agency, which is an effort to redesign education so that students are better prepared for opportunities in today’s and tomorrow’s world. This initiative calls for parents to be actively involved in their children’s education and career goals. It is a way to refocus schools on how students really learn--actively engaged in activities and projects using critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Participants will receive an Implementation Guide that covers the benefits of the initiative, as well as describes the eight fundamental steps for building a college and career ready program.

  • Impact of Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification: A Synthetic Control Approach

    • Andrew Pearl University of Georgia
    • James Byars University of Georgia
    • Jonathan Turk University of Georgia

    McKenzie-Merket 6

    This study utilizes synthetic control methods to examine the first wave of institutions that received the Carnegie Foundation’s elective Community Engagement classification. The synthetic control method is a generalization of the difference- in-difference estimation technique. The authors provide empirical estimates of the impact of the Carnegie Foundation’s initial Community Engagement classification.

  • Graduate Students as Engaged Scholars: Lessons Learned from Two Universities

    • Paul Matthews University of Georgia
    • Diane Doberneck Michigan State University
    • Anna Karls University of Georgia
    • Nicole Springer Michigan State University

    SUB, Traditions

    How can graduate students in diverse disciplinary fields develop and document their skills in community-engaged research, teaching and practice? This session describes the process, status and outcomes of course-based, portfolio, and certificate initiatives at two land-grant institutions, with a focus on recommendations and lessons learned across different institutional contexts.

  • Giving At-Risk Populations a Voice: Drama in the Community

    • Norman Bert Texas Tech University
    • Mark Charney Texas Tech University
    • Jared Strange Texas Tech University

    SUB, Mesa

    A graduate student and two faculty members from TTU’s Department of Theatre & Dance will describe three service-learning courses in which TTU students worked with at-risk populations to create and present plays based on their stories.The brief introductions will be followed by performances of excerpts from the resultant plays.

  • College Readiness for Rural Youth

    • Jeff Dick The Ohio State University Extension
    • Jason Hedrick The Ohio State University
    • Mark Light The Ohio State University Extension

    SUB, Lubbock

    Rural youth are often less prepared and less successful in college than their urban counterparts. Adults in rural communities possess a BA degree at approximately half the rate of those living elsewhere. This workshop will explore how we addressed this problem and provide tools to replicate our educational project.

  • 1:1 Fund Collegiate Campaign to Promote College Savings

    • Albert Nylander McLean Institute for Public Service & Community Engagement
    • Paulette Meikle Delta State University
    • Laura Martin McLean Institute for Public Service & Community Engagement
    • Ryan Parsons University of Mississippi, AmeriCorps VISTA McLean Institute
    • Ernestine Bilbrew Mississippi College, Savings Account Program

    SUB, Playa

    The 1:1 Fund Collegiate Campaign engages college students in fundraising and promotes college-going aspirations among low-income students. Low-income students and their parents participate in financial literacy classes and receive matching funds for every dollar saved towards college. This workshop discusses creating a program that integrates wealth creation and student advocacy.