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Center for Faculty Excellence to host "Paws for Service"

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting a service-learning series called “Paws for Service.” The series will take place April 14-16 in Tinsley Hall and in Sims Memorial Library.
     “This series gives faculty the opportunity to learn more about service-learning and ways to incorporate it into their courses,” said Alexandra Raphael, AmeriCorps*VISTA Member at the Center for Faculty Excellence. “Service-learning is more than just sending students out into the community for a project. It’s incorporating service into a course to enrich learning objectives, conducting meaningful reflection, and building partnerships in the community.” 
     All series events are free to attend, but participants should RSVP at or at extension 5791. For more information about service learning visit

     The scheduled activities include:
• Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know: April 14, 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103. Lunch will be provided. The on-line seminar will address how to implement service-learning into academic courses. Dr. Anna Kleiner and Dr. Minh Huynh, members of Southeastern’s Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Committee, will facilitate the discussion following the seminar.
• Team-Talk!: April 15, 10 a.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103. A Southeastern team of faculty and staff recently attended the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education thanks to ULS Serves travel grants from the University of Louisiana System. Team members included Karin Eberhardt of Visual Arts, Celina Echols of Educational Leadership and Technology, Joe Rodrigues of Psychology, Tonia Vessel of Nursing, Tena Golding of Mathematics, and Alexandra Raphael of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Attendees can meet the team and join the conversation of shared ideas for engaging more faculty and students in service-learning.
• Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity: April 16, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sims Memorial Library. Join faculty from across campus for this year’s “Share Fair.” Posters featuring faculty projects and research will be displayed throughout the first and second floors of the library. A SecondLife demonstration will take place on the big screen TV in the lobby. A special section of service-learning/civic engagement posters will highlight Southeastern’s connection to the community. Light refreshments will be served.

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