The Center for Academic Engagement at USD has announced that Brian Moehnke has joined USD's Student Action Office. Moehnke, working for the federal Corporation for National and Community Service's Americorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program, will assist with the advancement and implementation of USD's mission to connect students with their community through the Interdisciplinary Education and Action (IdEA) Program and other venues and, in concert with the VISTA mission, address concerns of those in poverty and other challenged communities.
Moehnke is a native of Rochester, MN, and recently graduated from Winona State University with degrees in public administration and political science. Moehnke will help identify community agencies that need assistance and connect those agencies with students engaged in a service-learning component of the IdEA Program and other programs, including alternative breaks and events of service. He will focus on developing service-learning opportunities in low-income, rural areas in Vermillion and surrounding communities.��
"Brian brings a solid history in community work with the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross and his background will be an asset to both the community and the campus," said Sarah Hirsch Wittmuss, associate director of the IdEA Program and Student Action Office supervisor.
The University's partnership with the federal Corporation for National and Community Service has been successful in connecting students with communities in need around them. Since July 2003, students in the IdEA Program have engaged in over 34,000 hours of community service-learning, creative activity, or research in Vermillion, in students' hometowns, in other states, and abroad.