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August 2010

You are receiving the first issue of the redesigned e-newsletter for the Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment at Creighton University.

We hope that through regular e-mail updates, we can keep you informed and engaged regarding the exciting progress and opportunities in the area of service-learning at the University.

Please let us know how this newsletter can best serve you. You can contact us at 402.280.2535 or via e-mail, maddam@creighton.edu.

-- Mary Ann Danielson, PhD
Associate Vice President for Academic Excellence

Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education 2010 Conference, Oct. 1 and 2, Doane College, Crete, Neb.
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Service-Learning conference
The Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE) 2010 Conference will be held Oct. 1-2 at Doane College in Crete, Neb. Theme: "Transformational Service-Learning." Keynote address: "Democratic Engagement: Challenges and Possibilities for Transforming Campuses and Communities," Matthew Hartley, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
More on the conference
Creighton presenters
Congratulations to the following Creighton faculty, staff and students whose work was competitively selected for presentation at the conference: Joy Doll and Kathleen Flecky, occupational therapy; Gary Michels and Mallory McGinnis, chemistry; Donna Pawlowski, communication studies; Kelly Gould, dentistry; and Ana Heck and Becca Harvey, student coordinators, Center for Service and Justice.
Registration details
Registration for the conference is now open. Cost is $100 through Sept. 9, $110 after that date, and includes a jazz reception on Oct. 1 and a light breakfast and awards luncheon on Oct. 2.
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Recognizing good work
The consortium seeks to recognize those faculty, staff, students and community partners in the region who have made an impact on service learning. Nominations must be received by Sept. 6. Download a Word document with award categories, criteria and nomination materials. Please contact Mary Ann Danielson immediately if you plan to submit a nomination.
Service-Learning News and Opportunities
Volunteering up
According to a national report, 2009 saw the biggest single-year jump in volunteering since 2003. More than 63 million Americans volunteered, an increase of almost 1.6 million over the previous year. These volunteers gave more than 8 billion hours of service valued at nearly $169 billion dollars.  Read the Report/ Watch the Video
Girl scouts seek partner
Girl Scouts of Nebraska is seeking student volunteers beginning in late September. Last year, volunteers reached out to more 700 girls in the Omaha area, helping to build courage, confidence and character. If you teach a service-learning course and would like more information, contact Stacey Schmid, 558.8189, ext. 237.
additional resources
Guide available
A new guide is available to help students organize their service-learning projects and develop the knowledge and skills needed to become engaged, productive and fulfilled citizens. Sample copies are available online or in these two campus offices: Academic Excellence and Assessment; Interdisciplinary Scholarship, Service, and Education.