IdEA program sponsoring workshops, panel discussions

IdEA program sponsoring workshops, panel discussions The IdEA Program is sponsoring an Interdisciplinary and Service Learning Working Day on March 25. Dr. William H. Newell and Mark Langseth will be available for faculty workshops and panel discussions on both topics.

In particular, faculty who are interested in participating in an existing IdEA theme or proposing their own theme during the fall 2002 proposal period are invited to a working lunch in the Coyote Student Center from 12 to 1:15 p.m. on that day.

Newell is the executive director of the Association for Integrative Studies, the foremost national professional group for interdisciplinary and integrative academics. He is also director of Miami of Ohio's Institute in Integrative Studies, and is a professor in its interdisciplinary college.

He has published extensively in the area of interdisciplinarity and has consulted on the subject for over 20 years with various universities and colleges, including Yale University, the University of Maine, and California Polytechnic University.

Accompanying Newell will be Dr. Pauline Gagnon of the State University of West Georgia, who is also affiliated with the Association for Integrative

Studies and has been extensively involved with interdisciplinary studies on her campus.

Mark Langseth is the executive director of the Minnesota Campus Compact, a group of 49 private and public institutions in the state that are committed

to service learning and involving their students in active citizenship. He has been widely published in the area of service learning and campus community partnerships.

The IdEA Working Day will also feature afternoon events in Farber Hall. At 2 p.m., Langseth will provide comments regarding successful service learning strategies. At 3:30 p.m., Langseth will discuss interdisciplinarity, followed by a panel discussion with Langseth, Newell, and members of the campus community regarding the possibilities and benefits of interdisciplinary and service learning.

Langseth, Newell, and Gagnoon will, with the IdEA staff, also be meeting with community leaders to discuss the IdEA Program and possibilities for campus-community partnerships.

People interested in joining the working lunch with Newell and Langseth should RSVP by March 22 by calling (605) 677-5223.

For more information on this and other IdEA Program events contact Sarah Wittmuss, assistant director of the USD IdEA Program, at (605) 677-3139 or go to the IdEA Program Web site, www.usd.edu/idea

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