February 2012
About Us
The Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) at Creighton University provides ongoing support and resources to enhance teacher effectiveness and student learning.

To learn more about faculty development programming, assessment, course design, student learning processes and/or effective teaching methods, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), contact Mary Ann Danielson at 402.280.2535.

Find past issues of this newsletter here.

community service honor roll
Thank you to the almost 30 individuals from 22 offices, colleges and schools who assisted in Creighton's submission to the President's Honor Roll for Community Service.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, 4,064 students engaged in 293,820 hours of service. More than 50 percent of those students engaged in at least 20 hours in a given academic term, and 1,741 participated in some form of academic service-learning.

Although Creighton reported fewer students participating in service than in 2009-2010, our total number of service hours is a new record! Thank you to all the students who have found ways to live Creighton's mission of service!

This month, we will begin our annual series highlighting the programs in which our students have participated. This month, we feature the School of Dentistry's Native American Summer Enrichment Program and Creighton's Gateway Program.
Highlighting our service programs
dental program
The School of Dentistry's Native American Summer Enrichment Program, funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, is a four-week program designed to help identify and prepare Native American students interested in dentistry.
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Gateway Program
Through the Gateway Program (formerly known as the Gates Initiative), Creighton students, faculty and staff assist Native American high school students in completing the Gates Millennium Scholarships and in general college preparation, among other activities.

Since 2001, 169 of these students have earned Gates Scholarships, and 30 of them enrolled at Creighton during the 2010-2011 academic year. The program was featured in an episode of Creighton in the Community. You can also read more here.
Metropolitan Coalition for Service Learning News
2011 Theme: refugees
Creighton University is a member of the Metro Area Service-Learning Coalition. The 2011 theme is "Refugees."

The Coalition seeks to (1) increase collaboration and share selected service-learning programming among nine metro-area universities; (2) to offer coordinated programming on a selected topic each semester; and (3) to bring university and college resources to bear in educating students and the public about selected significant local, national and international issues.
Lunch and service-learn
College of Saint Mary is hosting a series of "Lunch and Service-Learn" presentations. Dee Acklie will give a 50-minute presentation on "Guidance and Classroom Management" on March 21, beginning at noon. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eric Kyle at ekyle@csm.edu.
health & safety fair
Iowa Western Community College will host its 28th Annual Preschool Health and Safety Fair, April 3 and 4, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register a group to attend the fair, contact the IWCC Service-Learning Office at 712-256-6539 or Corrine Grace at cgrace@iwcc.edu.
recommended readings
School Partnerships
Thanks to Ann Laughlin, Meghan Pothoff, Misty Schwartz, Barbara Synowiecki and Amy Yager, School of Nursing, who were willing to share their article, "Combining Service Learning and Research: Partnering with Schools" as published in the September/October 2010 issue of Nurse Educator.   

This article recognizes the challenges of providing service and research experiences for nursing students while offering a partnership model that benefited families, school personnel and the students.
Download a PDF of the article
Conference Notes and Call for Papers
submissions welcome
The fall 2012 issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will focus on service-learning in the humanities. The editors welcome submissions of articles, essays and reflective pieces on service-learning from various points of view. Documents may focus on studies, theory, practice, interdisciplinary collaboration and school-community partnerships. Send inquiries and papers to Isabel Baca, ibaca@utep.edu, and Joana Owens, jowens1@ju.edu. Submission deadline is May 1.
Applied Learning
The 7th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education (CALHE), hosted by Missouri Western State University, will be held March 22-24. The program features Patti Clayton and Janet Eyler, who will speak on service-learning. Conference details
April 2012 conference
The 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference and youthrive PeaceJam National Leadership Conference will be held April 11-14, 2012, in Minneapolis. Conference details