University of Vermont

Office of Experiential Learning Update – December 2013

Seniors in NR 206 (left to right) Eli Friedman-Heiman, Teague Henkle, Rosie Puffer, and Emily Secor  worked at Camel's Hump Middle School and Richmond Elementary School's garden this past semester for their capstone service-learning project.
Seniors in NR 206 (left to right) Eli Friedman-Heiman, Teague Henkle, Rosie Puffer, and Emily Secor worked at Camel's Hump Middle School and Richmond Elementary School's garden this past semester for their capstone service-learning project.

It's been another busy fall here in the Rubenstein School Office of Experiential Learning! Approximately 15 students pursued credit-bearing internship and research experiences. And 10 service-learning courses were taught that allowed students to engage with over 40 community partners—such as Burton Snowboards, the City of Burlington, and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative—through a wide range of service-learning projects.

Productive meetings with all three departments in the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (Forests, Parks, & Recreation; Fish & Wildlife; and Environmental Conservation) have continued and have already resulted in a handful of great collaborative projects.

We're actively planning for the Spring and Summer 2014 semesters, and here are a few important things to note:

The second annual RSENR Experiential Learning Photo Contest will be held this spring, so keep your eyes open for announcements and continue taking and keeping track of your stunning photos.

Faculty members Amy Seidl, Kimberly Wallin, Jed Murdoch, and Shelly Rayback have been working together under a sub-grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and New England Campus Compact to alter their service-learning courses this year to incorporate climate change and environmental stewardship and to explore models of transdisciplinary student engagement in these topics. Keep an eye out for opportunities to be involved in this project in the early spring.

The Rubenstein Perennial Summer Internships (2014 will be this program's third summer) descriptions will be released in mid-January and applications will be due mid-February, so stay tuned for important details on that!