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Service-Learning Office Announces Awards, Grants

By the view Staff Article published April 26, 2005

More than 20 faculty, students and community partners were nominated for the 2005 “Outstanding Service-Learning Awards,” which were announced in an April 21 reception hosted by President Daniel Mark Fogel.

Walter Poleman of botany and the field naturalist program was named the year’s outstanding service-learning faculty. Rhonda Barr of People in Partnership and Megan Camp of Shelburne Farms shared the award for outstanding service-learning community partner. The student award went to senior engineering student Alvin Chan, who was instrumental in an effort to install a micro-hydro generator on the island of Dominica.

The office also announced winners of planning and implementation grants that offer up to $1000 for integrating service-learning pedagogy into courses. This semester’s grantees are:

Garet Allen-Malley, education, who will further develop her Reading Partners Project, which matches UVM students with middle school students as mentors through the “Learners, Development and Learning” course.

Roulef Boumans and Lisa Chase, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and UVM Extension, who will add service-learning to the “Tourism Issues in the Northern Forest” course. Students will use conceptual models in research and management to analyze tourism in Northern Forest communities and report findings back to those communities.

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, geography, will use service-learning in her “Climatology and Natural Hazards” class. Students will conduct a risk assessment of one hurricanes and their mitigation in the Caribbean. Their work will be shared with an ongoing multinational effort to facilitate disaster management in the Caribbean.

Ann Greenan Naumann, physical therapy, will further enhance her service-learning course "Teaching and Learning Together: Partnerships in Health and Wellness" in which physical therapy students teach exercise and walking programs to residents at an assisted living community.

Fred Magdoff, plant and soil sciences, will be creating a service-learning component in ecological farm management as part of the new ecological agriculture major. Students in this course will help farmers to evaluate and improve their operations by providing concrete suggestions for changing practices.

Bob McCullough, historic preservation, will enhance the community partnerships included in his graduate seminar on “Community Preservation Projects.” Students will become advocates for historic preservation by engaging the public by developing community projects for non-profit and public sector organizations.

Rycki Maltby, nursing, will work with her “Health Promotion Across the Lifespan” students to explore partnerships in health promotion with local community organizations. They will provide resources and health information to community members, conduct family health assessments and help families address health promotion topics.

Christina Melvin, nursing, will work with a group of students to provide health care consulting services to residents in a low-income neighborhood through the Winooski Wellness Project. They will help provide early intervention and health education services through screenings and group education sessions.

Yuichi Motai, electrical and computer engineering, will add service-learning to a professional design seminar for engineering students. Participants will gain practical experience by developing assisted devices for community members with disabilities.

Information: CUPS and Service-Learning