Monthly Archives: June 2008

The 2nd Annual Community Engagement Retreat

For the 2008 Community Engagement Retreat, the Mountain Institute served again as the site for the strategic planning of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s community engagement initiatives. In attendance, 23 Wesleyan faculty, staff, campus administrators and representatives from the community teamed together to consider Wesleyan’s future implementation of service and community engagement initiatives.

With President Balch’s commitment to community engagement becoming an integral part of the strategic planning process, the second annual retreat provided a venue for all participants to exchange ideas and develop a common vision for our campus. The Vice Presidents of Finance and Student Development, the Dean of the Chapel and newly hired Dean of Community Engagement, as well as faculty representing multiple disciplines, such as biology, communication, education, nursing, religion, and sociology were in attendance. The staff in attendance also represented different departments, such as Advancement, Bonner Scholars, Campus Life, Greek Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, and the Library. Community partners from the Family Resource Network and the Upshur County Cooperative Parish were also present and assisted in the planning process.

At the forefront of the agenda, members discussed the implementation of community engagement initiatives within Academics, Student Life, and the infrastructure of Wesleyan as a whole. Retreat participants collaborated to design and initiate a comprehensive plan for implementation of such initiatives on campus. At the bottom of this page, you will find documents associated with the retreat agenda, as well as comprehensive notes taken during the retreat.

For access to documents and presentations used within the CE Retreat agenda, please visit our CE wiki as well!

Pictures to come soon!


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Kitty Travels to India

Kitty Correal, a junior at WVWC, will travel to India to serve as a teacher’s aide in three different schools:

I am leaving on the May 29, 2008 and will arrive in India on the 31st (Indian time). While there, I will be staying on the Balar Kalvi campus where the three schools I will work at are located.

The Anita School for Matriculation is an English speaking school that also has an interact program that I hope to participate in. The Balar Kalvi school is a Tamil speaking school and the Opportunity School is a school for the mentally handicapped. I will be helping out all three schools during my time there by assisting the teachers and heads of the schools in whatever they need me to do. I will be located in Chennai, India (which used to be Madras) in the state Tamil Nadu (southern India). I hope to be there until the middle of July, because I would like to travel a bit before I come home August 5th.

For a more detailed account of Kitty’s service trip, please visit the WVWC press release written by Bob Skinner, director of marketing and communication.

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