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Monday, May 7, 2012

Faculty Year End Retreat

The Office of Service-Learning is planning an off-campus mini-retreat after the spring semester for faculty teaching UCSL-designated service-learning courses. We want the retreat to be a time to celebrate your accomplishments, to look forward to future courses, and to learn how the OSL can better assist you.

Friday, May 18, 2012

SPRING Course Development Institute

Are you interested in creating or modifying your service-learning class? The SPRING Course Development Institute will offer a small cohort of faculty members from throughout the region the opportunity to work intensively on redesigning a course with the guidance of faculty-development and service-learning professionals.

This event will be held at Waynesburg University's Southpointe Campus.  Learn more by e-mailing springcommunityengagement@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Community Engagement Scholar Information Session

Are you interested in becoming a Community Engagement Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year? Come to this information session to hear about this exciting AmeriCorps program. Undergraduate or graduate students will work with academic departments to complete 300 hours of community service, while earning a significant educational award and bi-weekly community leadership training.

This session will take place in our 20 Chatham (Murphy Building) conference space from 12:00pm until 1:00pm.

Please RSVP by calling 412-396-5893 or e-mailing goodt@duq.edu.

March 28th, 2012: Noon - 1:30pm

Critical Reflection Webinar

As the part of the process that generates, deepens, and documents learning, critical reflection is key to all forms of experiential education, including service-learning. It is also a counter-normative way to teach and to learn, so it is both challenging to implement and potentially transformative. In this WEBINAR we will consider the meaning and role of critical reflection and practice using a research-grounded model for designing critical reflection in light of learning goals: the DEAL Model, which guides learners through Description and Examination of their experiences to Articulation of Learning outcomes. Participants will post samples of their own reflection prompts and products and will review our peers' postings as well as read a recent article of Patti's before the webinar. We will leave the session with additional examples of reflection activities and with a conceptual framework for service-learning and critical reflection that can be used to introduce students to the pedagogy and to guide our own instructional design. (Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence)

Friday, March 16, 2012

SPRING Roundtable Discussion: 'A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future.'

Come join community engagement professionals from Southwestern PA in a discussion on this report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement that calls on the nation to reclaim higher education’s civic mission.

This event will be held at Robert Morris University. Please RSVP by e-mailing springcommunityengagement@gmail.com.

February 11, 2012: Noon - 5:00pm

The Gathering

The Gathering is an interactive and reflective experience facilitated by students for students. It is appropriate for students who encounter diversity (i.e. racial, gender, age, ability, economic, and religious difference) through individual community engagement, service-learning, and volunteerism.

The featured Keynote Speaker and Lead Facilitator will be Rev. Tim Smith, Executive Director of the Center of Life and the Pastor of Keystone Church of Hazelwood.  (Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council)

January 20, 2012: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Community Engagement Scholar Event

With a keynote address to be given by Representative Jake Wheatley

January 30, 2012: 3:00 - 4:30pm

New Faculty Tea

Featuring discussion with Dr. Erik Garrett (Communications and Rhetorical Studies) and Ms. Susy Robison (Homeless Children's Education Fund), this discussion is open to faculty who are in their first year at Duquesne, and who desire to learn more about service-learning. Erik and Susy are both experienced service-learning partners, providing valuable perspective from both the faculty and community agency viewpoint.

March 26, 2011

Southwestern Regional Symposium on Service-Learning Sponsors: SPRING Service-Learning, Pennsylvania Campus Compact

Date: Saturday, March 26

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Community College of Allegheny County- South Campus

To Register: visit www.duq.edu/springnetwork or call 412-396-2224

Join colleagues from throughout the region for the Fourth Annual Service-Learning Symposium and Showcase. This year's theme is "The Impact of Community Engagement: from Outputs to Outcomes". The 2011 event will feature an acknowledged key note speaker and more than 10 concurrent sessions that explore a wide-range of topics related to service-learning presented by faculty, staff, community agencies, and students working in service-learning.

The Mission of our annual symposium is to provide an arena for those interested in service-learning at the college and university level to come together to share their experiences, learn from one another, and discover potential areas for collaboration.  Conference participants will include faculty, administrators, and community service providers who wish to discuss service-learning and the ways it can positively impact our region.


March 25, 2011

Tapping the Resources of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Presenter: Liberty Smith (Executive Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse)

Date: Friday, March 25

Time: 8:30 – 10:00 am

Location: 505/506 Rockwell

To Register: visitwww.duq.edu/cte/events/workshops.cfm or call 412-396-5177

Liberty Smith is the Associate Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, the most comprehensive repository of service-learning resources in the nation.  Liberty will share about the resources available to Duquesne faculty members through the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse including a toolkit, service-learning ideas and curricular examples (SLICE), funding strategies, and networking opportunities.  The Clearinghouse is a valuable resource for faculty involved in service-learning.


March 14, 2011

International Service-Learning: Insights and Tips for Leading a Course Abroad

Panelists: Roberta Aronson (International Programs), Brandon Blache-Cohen (Amizade), Anne Marie Hansen (Occupational Therapy), Mark Frisch (Modern Languages)

Date: Monday, March 14

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: 505/506 Rockwell

To Register: visit www.duq.edu/cte/events/workshops.cfm or call 412-396-5177

Are you interested in Service-Learning and Foreign Travel?  Would you like to know about the resources available to Duquesne Faculty to plan an international service-learning course?  This workshop features insights and tips on organizing an international course featuring a service-learning component.  Roberta Aronson and Brandon Blache-Cohen will share what is involved in designing an international service-learning course.  Anne Marie Hansen and Mark Frisch will share their experiences as Duquesne faculty members who have led service-learning courses abroad.


February 21, 2011

Hearing the Students’ Call: Using the Student Guide to Service-Learning

Facilitators: Lina Dostilio (Office of Service Learning) & Steven Hansen (CTE & OSL)

Student Panel: Alexandra Besecker (Occupational Therapy), Dustin Cramer (Music), Katherine Flaherty (Occupational Therapy), Jessica Mann (Comm & Rhetoric)

Date: Monday, February 21

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: 505/506 Rockwell

To Register: visit www.duq.edu/cte/events/workshops.cfm or call 412-396-5177

A group of Duquesne undergraduate and graduate students designed the Student Guide to Service-Learning as a toolkit to familiarize students with issues relating to service-learning courses.  The guide helps to introduce students to SL, appropriate communication with community partners, effective planning of the visits, and ways to reflect on the experience.  In this workshop, several student contributors to the guide will share how faculty members can incorporate the guide in teaching a service-learning course.


March 11, 2010

Crafting Community Partnerships for Service-Learning: Excursion to Hazelwood and Uptown

Facilitators: Lina Dostilio (Office of Service Learning), Steve Hansen (Office of Service Learning & CTE)

Organizations: Center of Life, Hazelwood; Uptown Partners, Uptown; Shepherd’s Heart, Uptown

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: Participants will meet at the Starbucks in Duquesne Student Union, before traveling to Hazelwood and Uptown

What goes into forming a community partnership that actually benefits students’ learning and meets the community’s needs?  On this excursion, you will meet community partners onsite at their agencies and hear their thoughts on:

• navigating agency-faculty partnerships,

• preparing students for partnership and providing service,

• and mutually discovering the needs that will be served.

Prior to our excursion, participants will be given literature on each agency and on community partnerships in service-learning. After visiting three community agencies, we will end our excursion at an Uptown Coffee Shop to debrief and consider how to implement our discoveries into successful service-learning.  Transportation will be provided.  The workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Cosponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence


March 24, 2010

Southwestern PA Regional Network for the Growth of Service-Learning (SPRING) Annual Symposium

Location: Pittsburgh Athletic Association, University of Pittsburgh. Registration: Visit the SPRING web site for full event description and registration.

Join colleagues for SPRING’s 3rd annual symposium. The annual symposium is held so that those interested in service-learning at the college and university level can come together to share their experiences, learn from one another, and discover potential areas for collaboration.  Conference participants will include faculty, administrators, and community service providers who wish to discuss service-learning and the ways it can positively impact our region.

May 11 & 12, 2010

Summer Course Development Institute

Duquesne will host the 2010 SPRING Service-Learning Summer Course Development Institute.  This institute will offer a small cohort of faculty from throughout the region the opportunity to work intensively on redesigning a course with the guidance of faculty-development and service-learning professionals.

The CDI will happen over a two-day period during the summer of 2010, May 11 and 12. For more information about this event, please contact SPRING Service-Learning Program Manager.

November 18, 2009

Designing Guided Reflection Assignments through Articulated Learning

Presenters: Lina Dostilio (Office of Service Learning) and Steve Hansen (Center for Teaching Excellence)

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: 608 Union

Faculty frequently bemoan the quality of student reflections on service-learning experiences. There is an art to crafting a reflection assignment that helps students to make key connections to course materials, social issues and personal development.  In this workshop, we will explore how to design reflective assignments that help students articulate what they are learning on multiple levels.  Participants will leave the workshop with examples of reflective assignments, an understanding of articulated learning, and the ability to help students comprehensively reflect on their service-learning experience.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence

Feb. 11, 2009

Center for Teaching Excellence Book Study: Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit, 2nd Edition

Discussion Leader: Steve Hansen

Wednesday, February 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
707 Rockwell Hall

Are you new to the idea of service-learning?  Or could you use a refresher?


The Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit walks the reader through the theory, practical implementation, and issues central to service-learning course planning. The second edition features expanded writings on community partnerships, community-based research, and the connection between service-learning and civic engagement.


Please RSVP soon.  Enrollment is limited.

We will send you a complimentary copy of the book so you can prepare for the discussion.

Spring '09

Service Learning Workshops for Liberal Arts

Series is open to all faculty within McAnulty College Location: 351 College Hall

Creating Significant Service-learning Experiences for the Liberal Arts

Presenter: Steven Hansen (CTE)

Friday, January 23, 2009
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Topics to be addressed in this seminar include considering how service experiences might address course learning objectives or Learning Community foci; provision of concrete examples of service-learning projects; and development and implementation of reflective assignments that contribute to the assessment of student learning.


Crafting Community Partnerships for Service-learning in the Liberal Arts

Presenters: Steven Hansen (CTE), Lina Dostilio (Office of Service Learning), Tyra Good (Office of Service Learning), Eva Simms (Psychology)

Friday, February 6, 2009
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Topics to be addressed include the role of community-based organizations in the development of service activities and projects; a process one can use to connect with community-based organizations for the purposes of service-learning activities; and an overview of the resources available to assist faculty in establishing and coordinating relationships with community-based organizations.


Preparing a Proposal for the UCSL Designation in the Liberal Arts

Panelists: Steven Hansen (CTE), Joe Kush (Education), Amy Phelps (Business), Bill Wright (Theology)

Friday, February 20, 2009
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Topics to be addressed include clarification of the criteria listed in the University Core Curriculum document that are required for carrying the UCSL designation; review of a template that provides examples of how criteria are met in successful proposals; and feedback from UCSL review committee members.

Dec. 3, 2008

PA Campus Compact's 20th Anniversary:
Service-Learning and the Role of Community-University Partnerships

Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University





The Office of Service-Learning and the Southwestern PA Regional Network for Growth of Service- Learning (SPRING) invite you to celebrate Pennsylvania Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, December 3rd in the Power Center Ballroom.

Please take this opportunity to network with experienced service-learning colleagues, learn about service-learning course development and view examples of student work in service-learning courses.

There are different elements planned for the day, so come and go as necessary.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM:

Community Connections
Roundtables: Learn of opportunities for service-learning partnerships and community-based research projects in the Hazelwood Community and also on the issues of food security and K-12 youth.


3:30 PM – 5:00 PM:

Service-Learning Showcase: Posters of service-learning classes from throughout Southwestern PA will be available for viewing. Chat with faculty and students from these classes about their experiences.


5:00 PM – 5:30 PM:

Welcome and Acknowledgement of PA Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM:

Keynote Address: Dr. Sharon Shields, Professor at Vanderbilt University will speak on the topic of community-university partnerships in service-learning.