Concurrent Session 6

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Symposium 16: Perspectives on Community Engagement: Four National Contexts Room: 105

This session is convened by Patricia A. Farrell, Michigan State University.

Emergent Forms of Engaged Scholarship at a South African University

Bernadette Judith Johnson, Vaal University of Technology; David Cooper, University of Capetown

Near Johannesburg, South Africa, nestled within contrasts of large industries and impoverished black communities, the Vaal University of Technology imbues promise for engaged scholarship. This presentation shows that despite historical impediments, with a leadership vision and new forms of engagement, active scholarship beyond industry into civil society presents exciting possibilities.

Early Engagement: Measuring an Outreach Program's Impact

Danni Jansen, University of Queensland; Michael Cuthill, University of Queensland

In Australia in 2010, the University of Queensland's (UQ) Boilerhouse Community Engagement Centre began a five-year impact study of the UQ Young Achievers Program. The program aims to build and support the tertiary education aspirations of educationally disadvantaged secondary school students. This presentation discusses the study's design, implementation and preliminary findings.

Engaged in Costa Rica: Action- and Service-Learning Abroad

Leigh Askew Elkins, University of Georgia; Danny H. Bivins, University of Georgia

By combining action- and service-learning, students are engaged in a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. This presentation will: define both action- and service-learning; detail how they are applied in this course; and facilitate attendees in a discussion of engaged learning and its impacts.

Building Equity in Global Partnerships: Buffalo - Tanzania Education Project

Mara Huber, University at Buffalo; Katie J Biggie, University at Buffalo; Godfrey Telli, University at Buffalo

Today more than ever we need educational partnerships that are impactful, replicable, and sustainable, with a strong foundation built on trust and mutual investment. This presentation will share an innovative model yielding big results for the women and girls in the Mara region of Northern Tanzania.

Symposium 17: Citizen Engagement and Outreach Strategies for Emerging Technologies Room: 103

This session is convened by Margaret Purcell, University of Alabama.

Citizen Engagement and Outreach Strategies for Emerging Technologies

John Stone, Michigan State University; Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University; Pat J. Gehrke, University of South Carolina; Weston M. Eaton, Michigan State University; Stephen Philip Gasteyer, Michigan State University; Wynne Wright, Michigan State University

Emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology, have potential applications in agrifood, water, and bio-energy/fuels. This presentation features five projects utilizing creative citizen engagement strategies in each of these areas as the basis for open discussion among panelists and audience members concerning the potential social and ethical dimensions thereof.

Workshop 25: Tips for Preparing a 2012 Outreach Scholarship Kellogg Award Application Room: 104

This session is convened by Janet Conner, Pennsylvania State University.

Patricia Kalivoda, The University of Georgia; James Zuiches, North Carolina State University; John V. Byrne, Oregon State University

Are you thinking of applying for the 2012 W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Award sponsored by APLU and the National Outreach Scholarship Conference? This session, by University administrators who have served on review committees and have helped prepare award-winning applications, will give you tips for assembling compelling award application packets.

Workshop 26: Creative Academic Outreach Activities: The University of Tennessee Showcase Room: 106

This session is convened by Robert E. Brown, Michigan State University.

Jeffrey D. Kovac, University of Tennessee; Thomas K. Davis, University of Tennessee

Creativity in outreach is evident within every academic discipline at the University of Tennessee and throughout the local, regional, national, and international communities where faculty nurture vital partnerships! This showcase will feature the winner and a top University nominee for the 2011 Academic Outreach and Engagement Award.

Workshop 27: Bridging Scholarship, Heart, and Service-Learning: The International, Translational Case Room: 62

This session is convened by Nicole C. Springer, Michigan State University.

Sandra Sydnor-Bousso, Purdue University; Mope Adeola, Purdue University; Thelma Snuggs, Purdue University

We report on an international, multidisciplinary service-learning study abroad course that, for the first time, seeks to understand through observation and interviews, the most urgent needs of the population of Cartagena, Colombia. Pre-post survey results suggest that learning outcomes occur in unanticipated packages; realization of course objectives prove thorny.

Workshop 28: Scholarly Engagement for Online Learning Room: 101

This session is convened by Birgit L. Green, Texas Tech University.

Lisa Hebgen, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mark Dziedzic, University of Wisconsin-Madison

High quality, affordable, responsive and accessible, these are the core tenets that the Education Outreach and Partnerships (EOP) office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has embraced in its approach to online programming. During this presentation participants will hear how EOP has engaged its partners in online learning.

Workshop 29: A Unified Front for University Pre-College Programs Room: Red Cedar B

This session is convened by Katherine Loving, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Zach Constan, Michigan State University; Judy Ratkos, Michigan State University; Leonard A. Savala, Michigan State University

Michigan State University's pre-college program directors are working together at an unprecedented level to share resources, promote the University, and assess themselves. Their goal is to demonstrably provide greater value to the University and the youth they serve.

Workshop 30: Agroecology and Participatory Modeling to Build Resilience among Smallholder Communities Room: Heritage

This session is convened by R. Dale Safrit, North Carolina State University.

Sieglinde Snapp, Michigan State University; Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Michigan State University

Engaged ecology is key to building capacity and resilience among smallholder farmers, NGO educators, and scientists working together in two 'green revolution' epi-centers, the Philippines and Malawi. The workshop will explore lessons from long-term participatory, adaptive research, and novel ways to link systems modeling, decision analysis, and farmer-led research.

Poster Symposium 5: Creative Methods and Community Change Room: Michigamme

This session is convened by Michelle Rodgers, Michigan State University.

Building Teams of Leaders in Healthcare: Collaborating for Success

Candace Gibson, University of Western Ontario; Jessica J. Gardon Rose, Central Michigan University; Dag von Lubitz, Central Michigan University; Steven D. Berkshire, Central Michigan University

The Teams of Leaders (ToL) concept has been created by the U.S. Army as a method of generating interagency cooperation and collaboration. The Center for Collaborative Leadership in Healthcare ( is the first to successfully adapt and apply ToL to solve transdisciplinary problems encountered in the highly complex environment of healthcare.

Mapping Cultural Legacy, The South Park-East Raleigh Historic District

Kermit Bailey, North Carolina State University

The City of Raleigh's urban renewal efforts bring potential opportunities and uncertainties. Such is the case for the South Park-East Raleigh Historic District, the largest African-American neighborhood in Raleigh. As problems were addressed, a series of knowledge maps were designed, evidencing history and current discourse as mutually supportive, through graphic design.

Translating University Knowledge to the General Public at Art/Science/Engagement Interface

Paula Miller, Michigan State University; Diane M. Doberneck, Michigan State University; John H. Schweitzer, Michigan State University

Focused on physics, 'The Matter of Origins' presents stories, images, and movements that inspire, provoke, and inform the public about science through contemporary dance. Review findings from mixed-method, multi-site evaluations of changes in attitude, interest, knowledge, behavior, and feelings. Discover how tea conversations generated deeper understanding of scientific concepts.

Measurement Moments: Embedding Research into Informal Education at Art/Science/Engagement Interface

Diane M. Doberneck, Michigan State University; Paula Miller, Michigan State University; John H. Schweitzer, Michigan State University

Assessing informal science education programs poses a challenge for researchers: how do you rigorously evaluate impact without the research interrupting the learning activities? This NSF-funded, mixed-method, multi-site evaluation of 'The Matter of Origins,' a contemporary art/science performance, exemplifies how rigor and creativity are possible at the art/science/engagement interface.

Participatory Action Research from a Distance

Pennie Foster-Fishman, Michigan State University; Lauren F. Litchy, Michigan State University; Jenny Mortensen, Michigan State University; Mariah E. Kornbluh, Michigan State University

How do you implement a participatory action research project from a distance? This presentation will discuss the design and implementation of an innovative, statewide photovoice project, including our collaboration with multiple community partners and the use of technology (i.e., blogs and distance-learning software) to engage over 120 youth in photovoice.

One Kalamazoo, One Community: A Multidisciplinary University-Community Partnership

Timothy Ready, Western Michigan University; Donald Cooney, Western Michigan University; Richard Cooper, Western Michigan University; Caroline Webber, Western Michigan University

This presentation will discuss successes and problems encountered by Western Michigan University in implementing a multidisciplinary outreach initiative in association with Michigan's Voices for Action Poverty Reduction campaign. The initiative includes Internet- and community-based communication and organizing and a partnership with one low income neighborhood in Kalamazoo.

Restorative Justice: Change the Paradigm, Change the World

Nancy Schertzing, Michigan State University

The restorative justice movement is sweeping the nation's criminal and juvenile justice systems, schools, and colleges and universities. This interactive, multi-media workshop introduces restorative justice's core principles and practices and, using both qualitative and quantitative data, illustrates its application in Lansing-area elementary, secondary and university settings.