Faculty, staff from USD honored at service-learning conference

Faculty, staff from USD honored at service-learning conference
Service-learning and student success go hand in hand, The University of South Dakota verified recently at the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE) conference at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) as faculty and staff from USD were honored with a pair of significant awards.

Jacquie Lonning, coordinator of academic engagement at USD, was the recipient of the Voyager Award, which is the highest personal honor given to a member of the consortium. This award honors an MCSLHE member who has demonstrated an outstanding and ongoing commitment to furthering service-learning throughout their professional career. Lonning, nominated by colleagues from UNK, Wayne State College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and USD, has worked at USD since 2003.

USD's Coyoteopoly received the Service-Learning Program Innovation Award. Coyoteopoly is a service-learning project that was created by Associate Professor Greg Huckabee of the Beacom School of Business. The award recognizes projects that have met a unique campus and community need through service-learning along with demonstrated availability, innovation and creativity in meeting student needs.


Now in its fourth year, Coyoteopoly has provided important service-learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students as well as a profound impact on organizations such as the Vermillion Food Pantry and Keep Vermillion Beautiful, and military-aid organizations that have distributed school supplies to children in Iraq.

The consortium, a group of 26 institutions of higher education committed to connecting academic work to community concerns, recognizes individuals and groups for outstanding service-learning programs at its annual conference.

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