USD will host service-learning consortium Sept. 22-24

USD will host service-learning consortium Sept. 22-24 The University of South Dakota has led the way in the Midwest as a regional pioneer in service-learning programs and research. As it continues to sharpen the cutting edge of the field of service-learning, the Student Action Office at USD will host the second annual fall conference of the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education on campus Sept. 22-24. Service-learning practitioners from across the nation will explore topics such as faculty dissemination of research or courses that include service-learning, as well as service-learning involving poverty, immigrant and refugee issues.

The conference will feature several prominent speakers in the field. Attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to learn from over 40 presentations on service-learning research and projects.

Dr. Barbara Holland is scheduled to present workshops on the assessment of service-learning, and to deliver the keynote address. Holland is the director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, the most comprehensive resource available on service-learning and civic engagement.�Holland also serves as a senior scholar with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in their Center for Service and Learning, an adjunct professor of the University of Western Sydney (Australia), and as executive editor of Metropolitan Universities Journal.�

Featured at the Friday luncheon will be David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. He was appointed by President Bush and began service in Dec. 2003.

Eisner is a nationally recognized leader on nonprofit capacity-building, infrastructure, and organizational effectiveness. From 1997 until 2003, Eisner was a vice president at AOL Time Warner, where he directed the company's charitable foundation. Previous to that, he was a senior vice president of Fleishman-Hilliard International Communications.

In addition to his professional activities, Eisner has served on the boards of several national nonprofit organizations, including Independent Sector, the National 4-H Council, and Network for Good.

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