The Center for Academic Engagement at USD announced that Courtny Nesheim has joined USD's Student Action Office. Part of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service's AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program, Nesheim's duties will include the advancement and implementation of USD's mission to connect students with their community through various academic programs as well as furthering VISTA's mission of helping people who live in poverty or are faced with other societal challenges.
A native of Sioux Falls, Nesheim is a recent graduate of St. Cloud State University with degrees in community psychology and women's studies. In addition to coordinating service-learning events for USD students in Vermillion and surrounding communities, Nesheim will organize opportunities for students and student programs to work with local and civic organizations.��
"Courtny has broad experience working with agencies that serve people in need, such as Catholic Charities and the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center," said Sarah Hirsch Wittmuss, director of the Center for Academic Engagement and Student Action Office supervisor. "Her commitment to community work and her appreciation for involving students in it will be a welcome addition to the Student Action Office."
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 innovative undergraduate requirement, the IdEA program, have contributed more than 34,000 hours of community support to agencies in Vermillion, their hometowns and additional communities outside of South Dakota. Students working in various academic disciplines have also launched several successful service-learning activities, which is part of the commitment by USD to prepare students to be critical thinkers, leaders, lifelong learners and productive citizens in an increasingly diverse society.�