On June 22, 2009, CCE staff met with the new director of the WV Campus Compact, Franchesca Nestor, to discuss current partnership opportunities and the new role of the organization within the state. Wesleyan is one of eighteen institutions within WV that partner with the organization. Campus Compact, a national network of state chapters, provides various resources and opportunities for faculty, staff, students and administrators to help promote and engage in service. For more information, please go to http://www.compact.org.
Recent Wesleyan graduate Alice Foley was hired by the CCE to serve as the Habitat for Humanity VISTA, a position created to help aid the Buckhannon-Upshur community through the federal economic recovery plan. Foley will work closely with the Buckhannon Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Parish House to build bridges that connect that chapter with students, faculty and staff on campus, as well as assist the organizations to build capacity by helping coordinate building projects, fund raising efforts, and grant writing. In addition, Foley will work to organize a student Habitat Chapter, organize the first local Alternative Spring Break in Buckhannon, WV and build connections between other organizations in the community that serve local housing needs.
The following are VISTA sites in Buckhannon, WV that are currently accepting applications. For more information about each site, please contact the organization listed.
– Habitat for Humanity – Center for Community Engagement (WVWC) — Contact Dean Kimberly Yousey at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Grant Writing – Stockert Youth Center — Contact Debora Brockleman at email@example.com
– Fund Raising/Programming – Literacy Volunteers Association of Upshur County — Contact Linda Feola at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CCE recently hired Wesleyan senior Brandon Cale to serve as the Community Partner Relations VISTA. During Cale’s year of VISTA work, he will develop an issues-based model for students working with various community partners. This model will look at various issues (i.e. housing, poverty, children, environment) and coordinate/develop site locations with partners at the local, regional, state, and national levels that are developmentally appropriate for WVWC students. Also during his year, Cale will assist with matching community partner needs with faculty course and research needs, and with various offices and organizations on campus for service-related projects and events.
The proposal submitted to Curriculum Council in February detailing a CE requirement for all Wesleyan students was officially approved this April. Beginning in the 2010 Fall semester, first-year seminar students will participate in one of eight available Service Days. After their experience in first-year seminar, students will then complete their community engagement requirement at Wesleyan by taking at least one CE-designated course before graduation. Within the proposal, the requirements are intentionally designed to be completely integrated into current practices of the first-year seminar, as well as open for designation within other requirements, such as major/minor and general education requirements. While the requirement will not be instated until Fall 2010, a pilot program for the first year service days will be implemented Fall 2009 with all first-year seminars.