2011 National Outreach Scholarship Conference Banner

Poster Session 2

Room: Big Ten C
Monday, October 3, 2011
4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Community Leadership and Capacity Building

Using University Resources/Students as Consultants to Build Community Capacity

Ela Kakde, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Learn steps to take to engage community leaders and university departments and resources to build an effective partnership for community development and an ongoing research base. Participants will learn how to pre-plan and design a semester course with effective learning outcomes that are meaningful to both students and community partners.

Civic Engagement Through Emergency Management

Elinor Madigan, Pennsylvania State University-Schuylkill Campus

Working with your local Emergency Management Agency can provide your students with a completely different view of their community. This presentation will cover several different types of engagement from behind the scenes work to creating a local Citizens' Emergency Response Team and discuss what the students gain from these experiences.

What a Disaster: Developing Sustainable Care Kits for Elders

Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University; Lindsey Miner, Oklahoma State University

It is imperative that vulnerable elder populations be prepared for weather emergencies, including winter weather and tornadic storms. Preparing oneself for emergencies can alleviate fear, improve comfort, and reduce risk of injury. This project seeks to develop sustainable care-kits for elders in group settings.

Higher Education Building Community Leaders: Cooperative Extension and Archway Partnership

Joann Milam, University of Georgia; Laura Bland Gillman, University of Georgia

Meeting a need identified by a rural community, outreach faculty with UGA Archway Partnership and Cooperative Extension connected to the colleges of Family and Consumer Sciences, Public Health, and Agriculture and Natural Resources to use their vast resources to build a successful year long leadership development program.

Leveraging University Resources with Local Knowledge to Create Comprehensive Plans

Michael Dougherty, West Virginia University

Comprehensive planning is a permitted activity in West Virginia. However, it is not required and few external resources are available to places to plan. Thus, communities often must find innovative ways to translate their desires into documents. Co-working with the WVU Extension Service has enabled planning to occur.

From Engaged Partners to Successful Outcomes: The County College Experience

Molly Engle, Oregon State University; Deborah J. Maddy, Oregon State University; Laura Cleland, Association of Oregon Counties

The need for better prepared county commissioners fostered the partnership between Oregon State University Extension Service (OSU ES) and the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). This successful partnership resulted in the majority of participants experiencing statistically significant changes in knowledge about what is expected of elected county officials.

Economic and Workforce Development

Homegrown Alabama: Fostering Local Relationships at University of Alabama

Andrea Mabry, University of Alabama

Homegrown Alabama has been working since 2005 to educate students about the value of local produce and to foster partnerships between local farmers and the University of Alabama. Homegrown has been a major contributor to the conversation surrounding local foods in Tuscaloosa since it began an on-campus farmers' market.

Southern Sundays: Recipes for Successful University, School and Community Engagement

Anne Thompson, Clay County School; Tommie Smith Syx, University of Alabama

It is essential that students be prepared to use strengths and resources to become productive citizens. A partnership between a rural school system and a state university opened doors to maximizing opportunities for high school programs, including community-based research and engagement, economic awareness, and entrepreneurial skills.

Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone

Annette Watters, University of Alabama; Tommie Smith Syx, University of Alabama

Each February, the University of Alabama celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week through a collaborative effort among the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, the College of Human Environmental Sciences, the Community Affairs Division, and many statewide partners and constituencies. The awareness programs include speakers and competitions, culminating in an awards ceremony.

Exploring Competencies for Manufacturing Education Partnership (MEP) Centers

Diane Chapman, North Carolina State University; Kate G. Guerdat, North Carolina State University

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center staff work with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. This presentation will display the results of this research into MEP staff competencies, including competency list development and efforts to validate the competencies.

The Out Migration of Youth from Rural Areas

Jason Hedrick, Ohio State University; Gerg Homan, Wright State University; Jeff Dick, Ohio State University; Mark D. Light, Ohio State University

The presentation will outline findings from a rural youth retention research project and share how to utilize findings to help communities with youth retention challenges. It will provide an opportunity to discuss strategies to help communities develop a young, talented workforce and reverse the trend of youth out-migration.

Open Campus and Lifelong Learning in Oregon

Jeff Papke, Oregon State University; Jeff Sherman, Oregon State University

Businesses and workers need new skills to compete in world markets and remain economically viable. This poster illustrates how Oregon State University's Lifelong Learning program and Oregon Open Campus offer a model for assessing local needs and bringing the land grant university's power to local communities to meet these challenges.

ECU Community Enhancement and Economic Transformation Initiative (CEETI)

Kenny Flowers, East Carolina University

ECU's Community Enhancement and Economic Transformation Initiative is proactive engagement that targets distressed communities. It provides technical assistance, resources, economic development products, and expertise to help foster regional competitiveness and transformation. CEETI includes the Municipal Management and Innovation initiative, the Talent Enhancement Demonstration with NC Commerce, and ECU's Outreach Network.

Designing a Research Based Community Partnership in Digital Literacy

Patricia J. Slagter van Tryon, East Carolina University; Theresa Barefield, Pitt County Literacy Volunteers

This presentation details the modification of the Delphi research methodology necessary in conducting community-based research. Results of this modified Delphi study and resulting recommendations for a technology integration supporting transition from "general literacy" to "digital literacy" for patrons of a rural partner within Literacy Volunteers of America will be distributed.

Expanding the Land Grant Mission: Partnering with Community Colleges

Thomas Smith, Michigan State University

Michigan State University's Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSU IAT) is expanding partnerships with community colleges to offer 2-year certificate programs at the local level. A broad stakeholder group drives the process. Certificate programs though MSU IAT lead to jobs and also provide a pathway to continue one's education.

Education

One Hen: Teaching Microfinance Through Problem-Based Service-Learning

Annie Whitlock, Michigan State University; Amma Sefa-Dedeh, One Hen, Inc.

This presentation discusses the results of implementing a problem-Based service-learning unit with nine 6th grade classrooms that incorporates the subjects of social studies, language arts, moral focus, and social media technology. The presentation will discuss the results of the project in terms of student achievement and engagement.

Mathematics Gives You the Edge!

Dennis Ikpe, University of South Africa

This presentation describes the development of the MathsEdge community engagement project initiated and implemented by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) at UNISA. The initiation of MathsEdge was inspired by the question "Why study mathematics?"

Toward a Graduate Engaged Scholars Academy: An Evidence-Based Evolution

Erik Froburg, University of New Hampshire; Ruth Varner, University of New Hampshire; Chelsea Corr, University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire has been systematically moving toward the creation of a Graduate Engaged Scholars Academy. At the core of the development is a process of informed program evolution based on evidence collected through two prior STEM education projects that utilized graduate student fellows.

Evaluating Instructional Delivery Methods in Entomological Outreach

Faith Weeks, Purdue University

This study is evaluating three common delivery methods in university-Based, entomological outreach programs (Scientist in the Classroom, Teacher Training Workshops, and Online Curriculum) for their effect on student and teacher content knowledge of and motivation about entomology, including student interest and teacher self-efficacy in teaching the program in the future.

MSU Detroit Outreach Through Early Childhood Music and Music Therapy

Jody Stark, Michigan State University; Julie Derges Kastner, Michigan State University

Michigan State University's Community Music School-Detroit collaborated with urban community partners in two unique outreach and engagement projects serving at-risk preschoolers in 2010-11. The Early Childhood Music Program and Music Therapy Clinical Services implemented programs providing music education and therapy for underserved, at-risk, and homeless children.

Wisconsin Leads: A New Collaboration in K-12 Professional Development

Kevin Niemi, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jack Jorgensen, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Phillip Caldwell II, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Sarah J. Adumat, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tim J. Peterson, Madison Metropolitan School District

Wisconsin Leads in Mathematics and Science is a UW-Madison led initiative to improve the professional development offerings for middle school math and science teachers. Through targeted partnerships we envision a long-term sequence of programming that is fiscally sustainable and meets the needs of all teachers.

Global Institute: Ohio Educators Going Global

Mary Trube, Ohio University

This poster presentation outlines a three-day Global Institute for Ohio and international educators. It represents an interdisciplinary collaboration among universities, foundations, agencies, and museums. Based on a successful three-year history, the G-Institute provides educators with strategies to internationalize curriculum and build supportive networks for global education in community schools.

Partnership: Hart County Schools, Univeristy of Georgia College of Education, Archway Partnership

Matt Bishop, University of Georgia; Sue Chapman, UGA Archway Partnership; Ilka McConnell, UGA Archway Partnership; Jerry Bell, Hart County Schools; Janna Dresden, University of Georgia

This presentation features stakeholders in an ongoing statewide, university-community education-focused symposium. The presentation will highlight a partnership in Hart County, a rural community in northeast Georgia. Topics include: the process of identifying and engaging key stakeholders; benefits to each organization and the community; challenges faced; expectations going forward; and preliminary outcomes.

Seeds of Science: Field Trips for 21st Century Learning

Norm Lownds, Michigan State University; Jessica Wright, Michigan State University

Experience the excitement and wonder of Seeds of Science through hands-on activities, digital technologies and direct connections among teachers, students and MSU scientists. Explore ways to encourage curiosity and wonder and stay connected with K-12 students. Take home ideas and proven methods that make science exciting and relevant.

Structuring Summer Forums: Laboratories for Civic Engagement

Susan Printy, Michigan State University

A key component of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program is an annual Summer Forum, intended to provide arenas for discussion and development of ideas for improving educational organizations and educational policy. Learn how we plan to scaffold Forum discussions into group capstone projects.

Learning to Count: Context and Contingencies in Education

Timothy Shaffer, Cornell University; Thomas G. Archibald, Cornell University

"Evidence," a term with contested meanings, has become increasingly important in educational decision making. We highlight problematic assumptions about the nature of evidence and the nature of education and examine the processes by which evidence is defined, legitimized, and used to justify decisions about education.

Assets Based Community Development in a Rural School Community

Tracy Carpenter-Aeby, East Carolina University; Victor G. Aeby, East Carolina University; Victoria C. Aeby, East Carolina University

Interns used the ABCD Model in a rural community to improve academic achievement. They reviewed existing programs, identified community resources, mapped assets, and illuminated potential partnerships to increase the community's "people power" and stimulate community engagement to effect change by using the existing assets and resources for dropout prevention.

Process Evaluation for Leadership and Life-Skills Academy in Middle School

Tracy Carpenter-Aeby, East Carolina University; Victor G. Aeby, East Carolina University; Jacqueline Coleman-Carmon, East Carolina University; Danielle Harmon, East Carolina University; Richelle Smallwood, East Carolina University

University interns developed a leadership and life skills academy and conducted a process evaluation at a low performing middle school to improve academic performance. Students (N=19) received an average 15.87 hours of intervention, and the university contributed $71,570 of outreach. Among the positive outcomes, no suspensions were necessary for participants.

Families

Length of Unemployment and Underemployment and Marital Satisfaction

Amanda Guinot Talbot, Michigan State University

The present study is a quantitative analysis of un- and underemployment and marital satisfaction. The purpose of the study is to identify the influence of short and long-term un- and underemployment on marital satisfaction. Perceived economic strain and religious affiliation/belief and their effect on marital satisfaction also are examined.

Reaching Multicultural Families: Summer Lunch Bunch

Theresa Danielson Wimann, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Susan E. Nagelkerk, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Outreach to diverse under-served families is challenging where the affluent are highly visible. Three counties surrounding Wisconsin Dells worked together using research and community organizing to develop Summer Lunch Bunch, a food insecurity program. The result was a decrease in food insecurity and a connection between UW-Extension and participants.

Health and Health Care

A Multidisciplinary Approach of Community Service: Communication of Health-Related Issues

Alice Crume, Kent State University at Tuscarawas; Lisa Beltz, Kent State University at Tuscarawas

University communication, biology and business students delivered a presentation concerning life with cystic fibrosis to more than 100 people. The presentation included a play, a lecture by a prominent researcher, informational posters, and audience interaction. This project is a template for interactions between universities, patient groups, and research/health care foundations.

A Health Needs Assessment Guides a Community Translational Genomics Project

Emilie Dykstra, Michigan State University; Debra L. Schutte, Michigan State University; Jamie L. Rivard, Michigan State University; Rachel Fisher, Michigan State University; Brian C. Schutte, Michigan State University

An academic-community research partnership between Michigan State University and a German Catholic community in rural mid-Michigan aims to examine genetic and environmental factors involved in common age-related chronic conditions, using community-based participatory research methods. Key informant interviews (n=31) were conducted with community leaders to guide future disease-specific genetic association studies.

Mapping a Strategic Plan for Health: Community-Based Participatory Research with Underserved, Low-income, Urban Neighborhoods

Gail Zandee, Calvin College

Since 2002, community based participatory research methods have been used by the Nursing Department to map out a strategic plan for health for three urban low-income, underserved neighborhoods. The strategic plans unite community members, nursing students and nursing faculty, and neighborhood organizations around the top health concerns indentified by residents living in each neighborhood.

Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic: An Interprofessional Service-Learning Model

Gregory Martens, Indiana University; Janice Lin, Indiana University; Steve Kirchhoff, Indiana University

The Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic is a student-run clinic that provides medical, pharmaceutical, legal, dental, and social work services to an underserved Indianapolis community at no cost. Five professional schools have joined to support interdisciplinary service- learning in a unique and innovative model, as displayed in this poster.

Engagement and Recruitment Strategies in a Community-Based Translational Genomics Project

Jamie Rivard, Michigan State University; Emilie Dykstra, Michigan State University; Rachel A. Fisher, Michigan State University; Brian C. Schutte, Michigan State University; Debra L. Schutte, Michigan State University

CoSAGE, a community-academic research partnership in mid-Michigan, aims to identify genetic and environmental factors related to health and to develop innovative community and individual-level interventions to promote community well-being. A community research advisory committee and key informant interviews were used to design and prioritize targeted community engagement and recruitment efforts.

Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic: Engaged Learning Through a Student-Run Free Clinic

Janice Lin, Indiana University; Gregory Martens, Indiana University; Charles B. Goodwin, Indiana University; Aliese Sarkissian, Indiana University

The Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic is a student-run, free clinic that provides a comprehensive and engaging service-learning opportunity for students from more than five graduate and professional programs in Indianapolis. In this education-centered model, students provide care for an average of 100 medically underserved and underinsured patients per month.

Missouri's Family Nutrition Education Programs: Relationships to Ensure Program Success

Jo Britt-Rankin, University of Missouri; Candance E. Gabel, University of Missouri

This study demonstrates that the relationships EFNEP and SNAP Education paraprofessionals establish and maintain with co-workers, clients and communities are key to personal success, programmatic success, and job satisfaction.

Farming on the Spectrum: Engaging Rural Communities with Social Farming

Lisa Szymecko, Michigan State University

Nationally and globally, farms have been developed that focus specifically on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This presentation examines the motivations and community engagement for this approach.

Arthritis Screenings in Rural Farming Communities

Margaret Teaford, Ohio State University; Sharon R. Flinn, Ohio State University

Farmers are at high risk for developing arthritis. With an outreach grant, healthcare students and Extension educators have screened more than 400 farmers for arthritis and distributed information on arthritis prevention and management at county fairs. The project also seeks to encourage future healthcare professionals to consider working in underserved rural areas.

Screening for Health Hazards: A Partnership with the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

Sergio da Silva, Calvin College

In collaboration with the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, students from the psychology department conduct in-home screenings for health hazards, through canvassing, screening, feedback, data collection and data analysis.

The Farm Worker Family Health Program: Pharmacy Student Perception

Trina von Waldner, University of Georgia; Deanna W McEwen, University of Georgia

The Farm Worker Family Health Program is a 17-year community partnership that delivers health care services to migrant workers. The two-week immersion experience involves over 100 health professions students and faculty from six Georgia schools and colleges. Research on the role pharmacy students in this outreach effort will be presented.

Integrating Coordinated School Health to Prevent Suspension and Academic Failure

Victor G. Aeby, East Carolina University; Tracy Carpenter-Aeby, East Carolina University

In 2005, the CDC proclaimed dropout prevention as a national health concern because education predicts success in life and quality of that life. This study focused on integrating the Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) into school health, school-Based mental health interventions, and the existing school community.

Natural and Built Environments

Research and Restoration: Student Engagement in the Plaster Creek Watershed

David Warners, Calvin College

A biology department uses the local Plaster Creek Watershed as a laboratory for teaching students how to do research. Students learn about watershed ecology and collect a variety of Vaseline data (macroinvertebrates, coliform bacteria and a variety of environmental parameters). Then students perform research projects that address problems identified in the Plaster Creek Watershed Management Plan. Their findings are shared with community partners who use the information to shape watershed restoration efforts.

Collaborations between Engineering Faculty/ Students and the City Utilities

Dong Chen, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

The engineering faculty/students had a chance to work with the city utilities to solve a stubborn wastewater odor and corrosion problem. A win-win situation is expected, based on understanding the needs and strengths of both parties. The collaboration between academia and industry is especially suitable for pursing non-traditional technical solutions.

Service-Learning in a First-Year Engineering Design Course

Edmund Tsang, Western Michigan University; Darrell Harden, Michigan Department of Transportation

First-year civil and construction engineering (CCE) students engaged in a service-learning design project sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The CCE students recommended improvements in the community surrounding the school that are necessary to support students walking and biking to and from school safely.

Re-Animation: Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field Rehabilitation Project

Katherine Ambroziak, University of Tennessee

Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field are two historically important and culturally relevant cemeteries in East Knoxville, but after a century without ownership they reflect the neglected and disenfranchised neighborhoods surrounding them. This project investigates ways in which rehabilitation of the physical site can support and empower a community.

Four Transit Villages: A Collaborative Design and Development

Thomas Davis, University of Tennessee

During Spring 2010, University of Tennessee urban design students collaborated with Vanderbilt University real estate development students to promote sustainable growth in Nashville. This is an example of collaborative teaching, design, and outreach service as applied research, employing urban design best practices in transit-oriented development and livable communities.

Pre-College Programs

Auburn Family University: Addressing College Access Through K-12 Family Collaborations

Christiana Russell, Auburn University; Ralph S. Foster, Auburn University; Royrickers Cook, Auburn University

Auburn University initiated collaboration with Loachapoka High School and developed the "Family University." The Family University is based on the guiding principles of the National Standards of Family-School Partnerships. The programs offered are family counseling, peer mentoring, and service-learning projects to prepare students for college and instill the vision that college is attainable.

The Michigan College Advising Corps: College Advisers in High Schools

Christopher Rutherford, University of Michigan

The Michigan College Advising Corps seeks to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education in the state of Michigan. A diverse group of recent U-M graduates are recruited to work as college advisers to assist high school students in navigating the college-going process.

Think College: Increasing College Access for First Generation Students

Emily Nemeth, Ohio State University

Think College, a high school/university partnership, aims to improve college access for first generation students through near-to-peer mentoring. This poster presentation will highlight the infrastructure of the model and the initial data collection. Think College has proven to be a sustainable, effective, low-cost program for high schools and universities.

Using Interactive Theatre to Promote Pathways to Higher Education

Helki Jackson, University of Michigan

The Real on College (ROC) Theatre Troupe is a creative approach to sparking dialogue that engages middle school and high school students in discussions around college, including social awareness and academic preparation.

CAP: Creating a College-Going Culture Through a New Mentoring Model

Kri Burkander, Michigan State University; Julie N. Gold, Michigan State University; Clay Braggs, Michigan State University

The College Ambition Program (CAP) aims to create a school-wide, college-going culture in low-performing high schools, particularly promoting STEM fields, using undergraduate student mentors to offer tutoring, course counseling, and college activities. Initial findings suggest that this constellation of components helps students improve in school and align their college ambitions.

Outreach from Higher Education to K-12: Engaging Engineering Grad Students

Lisa Grable, North Carolina State University; Leda Lunardi, North Carolina State University

Engineering graduate students designed an Expert Classroom Visitor Program bringing a "demo kit" of STEM hands-on experiences to grades 6 through 12. The college and pre-college education programs of our engineering research center foster a community with the theme "Each one mentor one" (graduate students to teachers to 6-12 students).

Humanities Programming at an Urban University

Philip Joseph, University of Colorado Denver; Janet Lopez, University of Colorado Denver

This presentation explores the benefits of merging two types of community engagement work: humanities programming and high school outreach. Using the example of the Global Cities speaker series, we examine the idea that humanities programming and high school outreach are ideally conceived of in tandem.