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Quarterly Service-Learning A publication of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center What’s New in the VSLC? The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center will be busy with three major projects during spring semester 2009. First, we will co-sponsor the 6th annual East Carolina University Conference on Service-Learning with the University ServiceLearning Advisory Committee. The conference is scheduled for February 19, 2009 in Mendenhall Student Center with keynote speaker Dr. Garry Hesser. Hesser is the 1997 winner of the Thomas Ehrlich Award for Leadership in Service-Learning, and the 2004 Minnesota Professor of the Year. He teaches sociology at Augsburg College. Dr. Hesser will address linking research on effective teaching and learning to service-learning. More information will be available soon at Second, the Center’s Web site will undergo a major reconstrution. The new Web site will provide ECU faculty, staff, and students with resources related to both volunteerism and service-learning in a user-friendly, interactive environment. You’ll be able to view an ongoing list of requests from community partners, share best practices on a service-learning blog, access new VSLC service-learning forms and toolkits, and submit ideas for future workshops and conferences. Finally, the Center will finalize plans to open a Campus Kitchen in fall 2009. The ECU Campus Kitchen will recycle unserved food from dining halls, local restaurants, and stores and use that food to prepare meals for those in need in our community. Please contact the VSLC about future servicelearning projects with the ECU Campus Kitchen. Community Partner Spotlight North Carolina Migrant Education Program The mission of the North Carolina Migrant Education Program (NC MEP) is to help migrant students and youth meet high academic challenges by overcoming obstacles created by frequent moves, educational disruption, cultural and language differences, and health related problems. Locally-based migrant education programs support their mission by identifying and recruiting migrant students, providing high quality supplemental and support services, fostering coordination among schools, agencies, organizations and businesses to assist migrant families, and collaborating with other states to enhance the continuity of education for migrant students. In 2008, the Lenoir County Migrant Education Program (LC MEP) became a registered community partner with the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. Melissa Bailey, Lead Recruiter for LC MEP, expressed needs varying from non perishable food drives, development of simple, fast-paced ESL curriculums for use in 3 local migrant camps, assistance with basic health screenings, data collection, and documentation education for migrant families. Faculty interested in partnering with LC MEP should contact the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. Next Spotlight: Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines Page Two Page Three Page Four ECU Faculty Spotlight Hunt McKinnon Interior Design and Merchandising Hot Topics Publications of Interest Quarterly Reflection Activity Calls for Proposals Grants & Funding Opportunities Conferences & Events

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