USD faculty receive grants to support service learning

USD faculty receive grants to support service learning Four faculty members at The University of South Dakota received grants to support service-learning efforts in their courses.

The faculty and their students, facilitated by grant funds awarded through the university's Student Action Office (SAO), will make important community connections throughout the state through this support.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide funding assistance for faculty members interested in integrating such a powerful learning tool into their classes. Allowing students the opportunity to put what they've learned in the classroom into action through service-learning and civic engagement really helps to answer the questions, 'When am I ever going to use this?' and 'How does this affect me?' " said Jacquie Lonning, SAO coordinator.

The grants will provide assistance for several opportunities for students at USD.

Nursing students from the university's Pierre campus will travel to the Cheyenne River Reservation to promote breastfeeding among the tribal population there, through the grant received by Annette Ray, an instructor in the Department of Nursing.

Students in the social work program on the Vermillion campus will be supported in their trip to the South Dakota Legislature's 2005 session to learn about social policy analysis. This project is directed by Charles Schwartz, associate professor and social work program chairperson, and Debra Norris, assistant professor of social work.�

Roger Wolff, assistant professor of education, directed several university students in a program to involve local high school students in a national mock election on Election Day.

The grants were awarded by the Student Action Office, the center for academic service-learning, civic engagement, and undergraduate research at the university, in cooperation with the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education, a federal Corporation for National and Community Service grantee which supports the efforts of campuses in South Dakota and Nebraska in service-learning and civic engagement.

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