Wheeling Jesuit University

Service Learning Opportunities Highlighted

WHEELING, WV, Nov. 11, 2008 - University recipients for Service Learning Community Research Seed Grants were announced at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 11) on the Acker Science Center Bridge.

The recipients of the grants are faculty who successfully prepared and presented projects that are to be used as learning experiences for students. The grant committee awarding the dollars consists of Academic Vice President Dr. Letha Zook, Executive Director of the Appalachian Institute Dr. Jill Kriesky and Chemistry Professor Dr. Jim Coffield.

Professors who received grants and a brief description of their projects are:

(Professor Craig Ruby explains his project after receiving his award from Dr. Letha Zook.)

Chemistry Professor Dr. Michael Hoops, sophomore and junior research project on pharmaceuticals found in water supplies;

Psychology Professor Dr. Debra Hull and Nursing Instructor Amanda Wakim, international service learning project to El Salvador offering aid to those in need;

History Professor Dr. Leslie Liedel, immigration, ethnicity and the American experience class will include service with actual immigrants;

Social Science Professor Dr. Chris Stadler, senior seminar on service;

Physical Therapy Instructor Dr. Craig Ruby, clinical education through international service.

Also beginning Nov. 11 and running through Friday, Nov. 14, there is a poster display session highlighting many service learning experiences on our campus. The posters are displayed on the Acker-Donahue Bridge for students, campus employees and visitors to enjoy.

At 3:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, special guest speaker, Dr. Edward Zlotkowski presents a program on "Learning Outcomes through Service Learning" in the Acker Science Center Hawk Auditorium. Refreshments will be served prior to this presentation, at 3 p.m.

Dr. Zlotkowski is a professor of English at Bentley College where in 1990 he founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center. He received his bachelor's in English and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

He has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of service-learning and engagement-related topics, and served as general editor of the American Association for Higher Education's 21-volume series on service learning in the academic disciplines. He also served as editor of Successful Service-Learning Programs (1998), Service Learning and the First Year Experience (2002), and as co-editor of Students as Colleagues (2006).

(Posters, like the one at right, illustrate service learning activities on the WJU campus.)

He has led workshops for both national and regional organizations as well as individual campuses in the United States and abroad on creating service-learning programs and courses. His non-service learning publications have focused on contemporary American poetry, and German and English romanticism.

The Service Learning highlight activities ends with an 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 brown bag lunch with current and potential community partners at the CET Discovery Center.

For more information on WJU service learning, contact academic affairs at (304) 243-2321.

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