THE CENTER FOR CIVIC ADVANCEMENT

SERVICE LEARNING ARCHIVES

2004-2005

RELG 302-61 Jerusalem
Faculty Leader: Jonathan Richey
The class studied the Judeo-Christian Tradition from beginning to the modern day and the diverse ways its principles were applied through culture and time. To enable students to better understand this diversity, they were required to visit at least four different churches to experience worship and to collect information. The survey information collected will be added to the GIS mapping project and made available to the community.

2003-2004

COMNS 251
Faculty Leader: Bonnie Winfield
After viewing a video series based on the premise that race is a socially constructed idea with no biological base, students wanted to educate others on this issue. They wrote and produced videos about discrimination in three areas: a school cafeteria, basketball court and a recreation room billiard table. The students addressed issues of ethnicity, gender and conflict resolution. They developed discussion questions based on the videos and used them in small groups of 7th and 8th graders at an elementary school. These discussions, following each video, were very successful. A copy of the videos was given to the school for future use.

SVLN 354
Faculty Member: Sally Causey
This class looked at sustainable agriculture and community food security. Residents of rent-controlled apartments were surveyed to learn about their food needs and wants. Results of the survey were used to develop a Community Food Project to address food security issues in the neighborhood by linking low-income residents with local farmers desiring to direct market fresh produce and meats.

PSYCH 400 Senior Seminar
Faculty Leader: Dr. Melinda Dukes
A community-based research component of this course was linked to ARCH, the Appalachian Regional Coalition for Homelessness. Students selected two projects requested by ARCH members. The first was to produce an information brochure that ARCH could use to educate service providers and local agencies about the HUD continuum of care grants and the need for providers and agencies to participate in the January point in time study. The second request was that the students use the information they collected to provide feedback about the data collection instruments intended for the January count.

2002-2003

HIST 302 Uses of the Past
Faculty Leader: Dr. Donald Sexton
Newspaper research and oral histories to document attitudes toward school desegregation in Greeneville and Johnson City from May 1954 through December 1960.

BUSN 305 Principles of Marketing
Faculty Leader: Dr. Antonio Bos
This project actually encompasses two separate classes, one in the fall semester and one in the spring, working with our community partner, Rural Resources. The fall class researched literature concerning Farmers’ Markets and then developed a research survey to use with local consumers. The spring class researched appropriate literature before conducting interviews or a focus group of local businesses to obtain firsthand information for use in developing a marketing plan for the Farmers’ market.

PHED 370 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
Faculty Leader: Dr. Kirpal Mahal
Research conducted on health-related physical fitness of Greeneville youth in a YMCA summer camp.

PSYCH 205 Personality
Faculty Leader: Dr. Melinda Dukes
Researched transitional and supportive housing programs for the homeless and created a power point presentation showing the results for the Homeless Coalition.

PSYCH 200 Developmental
Faculty Leader: Dr. Melinda Dukes
Originally, this project was to center on the collection of program evaluation data from teachers of children participating in various Coalition for Kids programs. (This organization serves low-income children living at risk of becoming homeless.) Due to various circumstances, the students ultimately compiled the data into a summary format after someone else collected it. They did get to meet and work with children at the coalition.

PSYCH 305 Educational Psychology
Faculty Leader: Dr. Melinda Dukes
The students split into two groups. One group chose to develop and conduct an interview survey of Homeless Coalition agencies. The other group decided to collect more data for the Coalition for Kids. They helped devise the satisfaction survey instrument and collected responses directly from approximately 50 children participating in the program.

PSYCH 400 Senior Seminar
Faculty Leader: Dr. Melinda Dukes
The Homeless Coalition agency data collection begun in the previous class was completed. In addition, students spent three hours shadowing in a Homeless Coalition agency, analyzed the data and presented it in power point at a Homeless Coalition meeting.

1998-1999

ENGL 327 Professional Writing
Faculty Leader: Dr. Taimi Olsen
In the Professional Writing class, students designed a web page for Greene County Skills, Inc., an organization for individuals with developmental disabilities.

PHED 370 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
Faculty Leader: Dr. Kirpal Mahal
Dr. Mahal’s students measured health-related physical fitness levels for Greeneville Middle School students through a series of flexibility, strength and endurance tests and activities.

EDUC 327 Problem Solving/Creative Thinking
Faculty Leader: Dr. Jim Fields
In this course, prospective teachers learned how to help third-graders design and carry out their own service-learning projects.

1997-1998

PHED 201 Foundations of Fitness and Health
Faculty Leader: Dr. Carrie Bradley
Students conducted in-the-field health screenings and fitness assessments on college staff and faculty and with senior citizens.

EDUC 211 Children’s Literature
Faculty Leader: Dr. Dorothy Dennis
Students designed an in-service training for local primary teachers in multicultural children’s literature. She also integrated service-learning as a teaching technique into a class on Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving.

An English professor, Dr. Alice Loftin, and a History professor, Dr. Donal Sexton, had students in three classes conduct oral history interviews with county residents. They worked with local organizations to build an archival record of local history and the impact of economic and social change on peoples’ lives:

  • Appalachian Literature (ENGL 227)
  • Creative Writing (ENGL 200)
  • Recent American History (HIST 322)

In addition, one faculty award supported Management professor Dr. Jerry Gehre and the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) students he advises who conducted a survey of economic literacy among area high schoolers and then ran an economics simulation game with the five city/county high schools and a local private school to develop a better understanding of economic processes among high school students.

1996-1997

VISA 450 Independent Study in Service-Learning in Visual Arts
Faculty Leader: Clem Allison
The class developed a poster project for the U.S. Forest Service.

ENGL 311 Photojournalism
Faculty Leader: Wess duBrisk
Students produced a slide show for the U.S. Forest Service.

PHED 361 Methods and Curriculum for Secondary Schools
Faculty Leader: Dr. Kirpal Mahal
The class provided instruction in Olympic sports for home-schooled students of the Greeneville Learning and Development program.

ENGL 308 Specialized Journalism
Faculty Leader: Tom Sanders
Mr. Sanders had students develop a model of civic journalism by producing a prototype publication for a local not-for-profit organization.


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