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.
Monthly Archives: April 2009
On March 10, 2009, the Center for Community Engagement held its first sponsored Faculty Development Series event to discuss the fourth bullet of Wesleyan’s mission statement that indicates graduating students will be able to “demonstrate their local and global citizenship through service.” The workshop engaged faculty in a discussion about the differences between “service” and “engagement”, how the institution as a whole can engage students in current issues, and the various ways service-learning is assessed.
Within the next few months, the series will continue the discussion with workshops on experiential learning, the use of technology and course development strategies. The series will conclude in an open retreat in June 2009 for faculty to develop strategies and plans for course integration via community-based research, policy research, direct service-learning, issue-based learning and more.
In March 2009, the Center for Community Engagement was awarded a $2,000 Serve 2.0 grant from the Bonner Foundation to help a local organization become engaged with their community on the web. With the use of social media applications, such as Facebook and YouTube, the grant will support the newly-formed Main Street Arts Co-Op located in downtown Buckhannon, WV. Students will gather video and stories from local artists in Upshur County and post these to various social media outlets to promote the Arts Co-Op. Since the organization is new, the grant will support the initial marketing and public relation needs, and will engage Wesleyan students with the local community. The launching of this social media campaign will begin in May/June 2009. For more information about the Serve 2.0 initiative, go to http://serve.pbwiki.com/.
In an effort to increase sustainability on campus, every Tuesday for the past month has been “trayless” in Aladdin’s cafeteria. Sponsored by the Sustainbility Task Force – a group of faculty, staff and students – Trayless Tuesdays are just the first step towards building a “greener” campus.
To learn more about why Wesleyan has gone “trayless” on Tuesdays, check out the following video: