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.
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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.
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.
Dr. Kimberly Yousey has accepted the position for the Dean of Community Engagement at West Virginia Wesleyan. Yousey has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from New York University, a Master of Education from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College. Yousey began her position at the newly created Center for Community Engagement on July 1, 2008.
For a complete press release, please follow this link to the West Virginia Wesleyan story.