Americorps VISTA member joins USD student action office

Americorps VISTA member joins USD student action office The University of South Dakota has announced that Dawn Jaycox will be working with USD's Student Action Office.

Employed by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service's Americorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) Program, Jaycox will assist with the advancement and implementation of USD's IdEA Program by addressing concerns of those in poverty and other challenged communities.

Jaycox is a native of Isabel, and graduated last August from USD with a double major in biology and social work and a minor in chemistry.

She will help identify community agencies that need assistance and connect those agencies with students engaged in their service-learning component of the Interdisciplinary Education & Action (IdEA) Program. Jaycox will focus on providing students with service-learning opportunities in low-income, rural areas surrounding Vermillion.��

Sarah Hirsch Wittmuss, associate director of the IdEA Program, said, "We are thrilled to have Dawn join the Student Action Office. Given her history of community work and commitment to social issues, I am confident she will be involved in significant capacity building in the agencies with whom she will work."

Dr. Karen Olmstead, director of the IdEA Program said, "The goal of the IdEA Program is to integrate several powerful learning tools, interdisciplinary studies, service � learning, undergraduate research, or creative activity into a meaningful course of study for students."

She adds, "Part of the challenge of the program is connecting student action to the interdisciplinary themes. The Student Action Office will be invaluable to both students and faculty that seek to mesh service or research with academics. The newly appointed staff in the Student Action Office bring experience in both community-based learning and undergraduate research to our program."

Jaycox can be found in room 103 in Old Main. Please feel free to contact her by telephone at 605-677-6338 or by e-mail at djaycox@usd.edu. For general information, e-mail action@usd.edu.�

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