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Quarterly Service-Learning A publication of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center What’s New in the VSLC? To ensure the effectiveness of service-learning efforts at ECU, the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center makes available an end-of-course service-learning survey for students. The Center encourages faculty members utilizing service-learning pedagogy in their classrooms to administer the survey each semester. The results help the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center to refine program components, while also providing valuable feedback about the student’s service experience for faculty. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and is available to students online. Due to budget restraints, the Center will not provide hard copies of the survey until further notice. Data collected includes information about service activities, reflection, connections between coursework and community experiences, diversity, safety, preparation and more. Last semester, 55 percent of students surveyed reported that service-learning helped them better understand course lectures and readings, 88 percent of students surveyed reported that service-learning helped them better understand community needs, and 54 percent of students surveyed agreed that ECU should offer more service-learning courses. To request a preview copy of the end-of-course servicelearning survey, or for more information about administering the survey to your students, please contact Jessica Gagne Cloutier at Community Partner Spotlight Call for New Community Partnerships Each year, more than 10,000 ECU students participate in service related activities in communities across eastern North Carolina. Last year, their impact was valued at more than 2.5 million dollars, 32,000 pounds of donated food and 1,500 units of blood. The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center would like to see more local organizations benefit from the time and talents of our students, so we are asking for your help. If you know of a non profit, governmental, or human service agency that would benefit from a formal partnership with ECU, please send us a message that includes the organizations name, contact information and mission. The Center will arrange a site visit, and hopefully, sign a mutually beneficial MoU. Community partner recommendations should be e-mailed to Benefits of being a community partner include the following: •free registration to the ECU Conference on Service-Learning •participation in on-campus service fairs •invitations to community partner workshops and brown bags •advertisement of service opportunities online and in the printed service opportunities guide Next Spotlight: Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines Page Two Page Three Page Four ECU Faculty Spotlight Craig Becker Health Education & Promotion Hot Topics Publications of Interest Quarterly Reflection Activity Calls for Papers Grants & Funding Opportunities Conferences & Events

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