- Mount Service-Learning Project Makes the News!
- Fall 2009 Projects a Success!
- September 2009 Dr. Zlotkowski Workshop
- Maryland Campus Compact
During the Spring 2010 semester, students from Michelle Patterson's Freshman Seminar class worked to promote the Emmitsburg Farmers' Market. Read more about the project in the Frederick News Post!
Students from Tim Wolfe's "BeBop to Hip Hop: The Sociology of Modern Music" held an instrument drive for Waverley Elementary School in Frederick. In addition to $300, the group collected almost two dozen instruments including clarinets, flutes, violins, trombones, and marching band instruments like tubas and a mellophone. Students in the class also developed a music and diversity presentation for 4th and 5th graders at Waverley.
Also in the fall, two business classes engaged in service-learning. Students in Professor Mary Beth Graham's Principles of Marketing course created marketing pieces for ThorpeWood, ARC of Frederick County, St. Catherine's Nursing Center, Daughters of Charity, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and Collaborating for Youth. Social networking web pages, brochures, and videos were created for the groups.
Students in Cyd Maubert's Marketing Strategy course analyzed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve in Fairfield, PA. Groups created one-year marketing plans for three of Strawberry Hill's major initiatives: the children's camps, annual auction fundraiser, and their maple sugaring fundraiser.
Students on Sandra Sjoberg's SIFE team worked with the Maryland Christmas Tree Association to help increase business. The group researched advertising options, including the cost of radio and newspaper ads. The group also used social networking technology to develop a Facebook page for the Christmas Tree Association.
On Thursday, September 24th, Mount St. Mary's welcomed Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, professor of English at Bentley University. In 1990, Zlotkowski established Bentley's Service-Learning Center and has since led service-learning workshops for international, national, and regional organizations as well as for several hundred college and university campuses.
In his presentation, Zlotkowski identified the characteristics of service-learning, faculty challenges, pedagogical uses of service-learning, and levels of reflection. He also distributed case studies and syllabi of successful examples of service-learning in the liberal arts.
Evaluation results indicated that although over 73% of workshop attendees had not used service-learning in the classroom before, 86% of total attendees were interested in more information about service-learning.
If you would like a copy of Ed Zlotkowski's workshop presentation or case studies, please send your request to Melanie Clabaugh, VISTA Service-Learning Coordinator.
Established in 2008, the Maryland Campus Compact is a statewide higher education association comprised of 22 two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities. Member institutions are committed to bringing the resources of the academy to bear on community issues, both locally and globally, through sustainable partnerships with their communities. MDCC is a state office of the national Campus Compact, a coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents, representing 6 million students.
Dr. Powell is the President of the Executive Board of the Board of Directors. The Maryland Campus Compact state office is housed on Mount St. Mary's campus and is located on the third floor of Bradley Hall.
Through the Campus Compact, Mount St. Mary's welcomes Melanie Clabaugh, VISTA Service-Learning Coordinator. Melanie comes to the Mount from the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a BA in Political Science and an M.Ed in Higher Education Management. She worked as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Oakland Business Improvement District, a non-profit organization adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh focused on the development of the neighborhood's central business district.
Melanie is on campus to assist faculty with integrating service-learning into the curriculum. She can help with project and partner identification as well as the development of reflection exercises and assessment strategies.