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Service-Learning Newsletter

December 12, 2018

Dear Friends,

One of the best parts about being Coordinator of Service-Learning is the variety. Any given day could include a planning meeting with an English professor, a phone call with the principal of one of our partner schools, giving an in-class introduction about service-learning for students in an Organic Chemistry lab, a site visit to a youth outreach program where Ravens serve, or attending student presentations on the Econometric analysis they completed for local non-profits. And that’s only scratching the surface!

The articles featured in this newsletter highlight that variety: Engineering, Theology, Art – these and other academic disciplines come up. As for our community partners, you’ll see mention of CASA, USD 409’s Central School, Jewish Vocational Service, and the Atchison County Food Pantry, to name a few. I hope it gives you a sense of the diversity of organizations, projects, and classes that we, here at the Center for Service-Learning, have the privilege of working with.

And yes, I do say “we.” Earlier this semester, Benedictine sophomore, Ginny Steinkamp, came on board as the Student Service-Learning Assistant. These past months, she has supported the Center in many ways, most especially by interviewing numerous faculty, students, and non-profit representatives so that she can write articles for our newsletters and prepare the weekly Service-Learning Spotlights for our Facebook page. She’s been a great help!

With that, I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter. We’ll be back again in March with updates about spring service-learning classes. Until then, I wish you all a blessed Advent, a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

Thank you,

Meredith Stoops
Coordinator of Service-Learning