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The Official Newsletter of the USC at Beaufort Human Services Program

Caring Today

Vol. I Issue 3

Fall Semester 2006

2006-2007 Human Services Advisory Board

HUMAN SERVICES: A LIBERAL ARTS OR PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM?

Timothy Bennett Dr. Annette Bey Laura Bush Shauw Chin Capps Rev. Ronald Cellini Collins Doughtie Rochelle Ferguson Roland Gardner Jim Glasson Billy Keyserling Fred Leyda Matt Petrofes Dr. Howard Radest Judy Rigg Cindy Smith Janice Spencer Dick Stewart Duffie Stone Dr. Randy Wall Mike Walsh Gayle Wierzbicki Jannette ElliottWilliams

I still gulp when students standing of both the individual and interested in enrolling in the Hu- social dimensions of behavior to inman Services Program ask what is form their work. meant by a “liberal arts” degree. Professional programs are After thinking about it, this is my tilted in the direction of applied best answer to myself and to coursework whereby students are others: The USCB immersed in the founda“It all depends on Human Services detions of practice — gree is considered a how we look at courses in accounting, liberal arts as opthings, and not on mathematics for elementary school students, posed to a profeshow they are club management, case sional degree themselves.” management, and the (Business, Education, – Carl Jung like. And while Human Hospitality, Criminal Justice, Social Work, et cetera). Services certainly prepares stuIt is this by virtue of its heavy- dents as “helping professionals,” with its hefty 350 hours of internduty requirements for upperlevel classes in theoretical psyship/field placement (beginning Fall chology, sociology and the human 2007), it focuses on its anchor in services (the behavioral scithe varied philosophical traditions of the social sciences. ences). It contends students Dr. Mulkey must be equipped with an under-

Agency Spotlight:

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Introduction Each newsletter includes an agency spotlight which showcases one of our field placement agencies. This allows our readership greater understanding of the varied experiential learning opportunities offered by the USCB Human Services Program. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has hosted three interns over the past three

or so years. They are usually connected with the Program Department Staff and work on various projects related to the Community Foundation's grant-making and initiatives. Interns interact will all members of the staff and have opportunities to learn more about the variety of work that is done in all departments including development, finance and communications.


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MORE ON THE HUMAN SERVICES DEGREE: AN ASSET-BASED APPROACH Each issue of Caritas Hodie is, is in part, devoted to an ongoing discussion of the cornerstone of the Human Services Program at USCB; namely, its character as an APPROACH to and PHILOSOPHY of work. The Human Services Program’s AssetBased perspective and signature is constituted by a distinctive set of attitudes that frame or imbue the “helping” human relationship. This perspective is also mirrored in the program’s alias, “the art and science of caring,” particularly the “art,” of caring. So please add to your list of “asset approaches” some further information derived from Peter L. Benson’s book, All Kids are Our Kids. TABLE 2.1. SEARCH INSTITUTE'S FORTY DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS. EXTERNAL ASSETS

Asset Type

Asset Name and Definition

Support 1. Family support: Family life provides high levels of love and support. 2. Positive family communication: Young person and parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek parental advice and counsel. 3. Other adult relationships: Young person receives support from three or more non-parent adults. 4. Caring neighborhood: Young person experiences caring neighbors. 5. Caring school climate: School provides a caring, encouraging environment. 6. Parent involvement in schooling: Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school. Empowerment 7. Community values youth: Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth. 8. Youth as resources: Young people are given useful roles in the community.

9. Service to others: Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week. 10. Safety: Young person feels safe at home, at schoo1 and in the neighborhood. Boundaries and Expectations 11. Family boundaries: Family has clear rules and consequences, and monitors the young person's whereabouts. 12. School boundaries: School provides clear rules and consequences. 13. Neighborhood boundaries: Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people's behavior. 14. Adult role models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior. 15. Positive peer influence: Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior. 16. High expectations: Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well. Constructive Use of Time 17. Creative activities: Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts. 18. Youth programs: Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school or in community organizations. 19. Religious community: Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution. 20. Time at home: Young person is out with friends, with "nothing special to do," two nights or fewer per week. INTERNAL ASSETS

Commitment to Learning 21. Achievement motivation: Young person is motivated to do well in school. 22. School engagement: Young person is actively engaged in learning. 23. Homework: Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day. 24. Bonding with school: Young person cares about school. 25. Reading for pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week. Positive Values 26. Caring: Young person places high value on helping other people. 27. Equality and social justice: Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.


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TABLE 2.1. SEARCH INSTITUTE'S FORTY DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS. (continued from page 2)

Curriculum Changes

28. Integrity: Young person acts on convictions and stands up for beliefs. 29. Honesty: Young person tells the truth even when it is not easy. 30. Responsibility: Young person accepts and takes personal-responsibility. 31. Restraint: Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.

As noted in our last issue, requirements for completing the Human Services baccalaureate degree will change Fall 2007. Check with your advisor about the implications of these changes for your matriculation.

Social Competencies 32. Planning and decision-making: Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices. 33.Interpersonal competence: Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills. 34.Cultural competence: Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. 35. Resistance skills; Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations. 36. Peaceful conflict resolution: Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently. Positive Identity 37. Personal power: Young person feels in control over "things that happen to me.” 38. Self-esteem: Young person reports having high self-esteem. 39. Sense of purpose: Young person reports that my life has a purpose. 40. Positive view of personal future: Young person is optimistic about personal future

Namely, students who have matriculated prior to Fall 2007 can retain their original degree requirements or they may opt for the new program requirements. You are not allowed to pick and choose portions of either program. You must choose one or the other.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (continued from pg. 1) (continued on page 3)

What is a Community Foundation? The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is one of over 700 community foundations active throughout the United States. While each one varies somewhat, they share a common purpose - they build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to create donor advised funds and permanent charitable endowments to meet critical needs. Community foundations offer donors many services and benefits. They work with families, individuals, estate planners, and attorneys to design gift plans that fit every economic situation so donors can receive the most benefit from their charitable contributions and ensure that their philanthropic dollars are used to the fullest extent. They receive gifts of various sizes and types

from private citizens, local corporations, other foundations, and government agencies that want to help specific causes or regions. Nearly any type of asset – cash, securities, real estate, closely held stock, artwork, and insurance – can be contributed to a community foundation. Gifts are made through bequests and by living donors who want to be involved in local philanthropy. Because their focus is on the growth and stewardship of permanent charitable resources, community foundations invest in diverse portfolios and manage their assets carefully. Generally, investments are managed to provide a stream of income from which grants are made as well as to protect the principal of investments against inflation. That way, the “philanthropic power” of a donor’s investment in the community foundation remains constant over time.


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Human Services Internship: Registration and Orientation If you haven’t already done so, contact Dr. Mulkey for enrollment in Internship. You can NOT enroll without her written approval. The Spring 2007 Human Services Internship Orientation will be held on

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 1pm in the South Campus and Friday, January 19, 2007 at 10am in the North Campus. Students are required to attend one of these sessions. Contact Dr. Mulkey at 290-3357 or email: mulkey@sc.edu to confirm your attendance and room assignment.

Human Services Student Organization (HSSO) The Human Services Student Organization was formed in Spring 2006. According to its Constitution, its purpose shall be: “To provide personal and professional development opportunities for USCB students, university graduates, faculty and staff interested in human services and/or making a difference through service learning activities.” The club plans to actively serve the needs of the surrounding community. It meets once per month for the academic year and email will be the main source of communication. This year’s agenda includes

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Wise Counsel from the Human Services Advisory Board The USCB Human Services Advisory Board met October 6th for its annual meeting. Board members contributed invaluable comments pertaining to the development and assessment of competencies for graduates of the program. In an effort to assist field placement agencies in negotiating the evaluation tools—the board suggested the development of a field placement guide for the placement agency much like the guide we provide to the intern. They further recommended that all internship descriptions be reviewed by the host agency on an annual basis to keep the job specifications current.

elections, support of a local soup kitchen, Kids Fest, cohosting professional trainings for the Collaborative Organization of Services for Youth, a community-building project, a County-wide Health Fair, a holiday fund-raiser, and graduation ceremony. In addition the club will sponsor a team of students to present a jointly-authored paper at the South Carolina Sociological Association’s undergraduate consortium for the social sciences to be held in Lander University’s Cultural Center Auditorium on April 19th. At this event, Dr. Woody Beck, of the University of Georgia at Athens will be giving a talk on “The Dynamics of Mob Violence in the American South.” Enrollment is open to all interested in making a difference in the lives of local residents. The

Club Advisor is Prof. Jim Glasson (843) 252-7999 and current officers are: President, Patricia Wells (843) 476-6455; VicePresident, Cassie Benavides; Secretary, Shelby Rivers; and Ladawn Mack,Treasurer. You can email the club at: Humanservices_uscb@yahoo.com.

Fall Semester Remaining Upcoming Events: November Health Fair at USCB Community Outreach Project. (prepare and /or distribute food) December Community Outreach Project. Look for forthcoming events to be posted in the next issue of the newsletter.


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Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (continued from pg. 3) (continued on page 5)

Community foundations, through philanthropy that is visionary, flexible and inclusive, have become catalysts for improvements in every kind of community, from urban to rural. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry More than 200 individuals, families, businesses, and community groups have established funds at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. These funds support a wide range of efforts, both within the Lowcountry and beyond. Since 1994, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been an exciting meeting ground for caring citizens who believe our regional community depends on the ability of people to be responsible for themselves and concerned about one another. We are the thread that binds donors together with nonprofit organizations that are working to strengthen our region. We provide personalized philanthropic services through a culture of openness and accessibility that makes it easy and comfortable for all segments of our community to feel connected to their community foundation. Our focus is local. We closely monitor community needs, opportunities, and resources and connect them to create positive results in our community. We are a local organization staffed by people

from our community and led by a local board of trustees with an in-depth knowledge of the issues that shape our community. As a community leader we have the ability to make connections and work with others – donors, community organizations, government, other local funders, etc. – to augment resources to effectively address community issues. At the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, our mission is strengthening community by connecting people, resources, and needs. And we strive to fulfill this mission every day.

Vital Statistics Asset Size - $37 Million Grants Since Inception - $20 Million Staff - 8 Full-time, 2 Part-time; Board - 17 Member, Chaired by Joe Fraser, III.

How to Declare a Human Services Major Please make sure that you file a Declaration of Major form when you apply for matriculation in USCB’s Human Services Program. This will result in your assignment to Prof. Mulkey or to Prof. Glasson for advisement. You may do this during any semester of your studies. The form can be obtained from the Admissions offices at either the North or South Campuses. The utility of making this declaration before completing two years of coursework is to ensure that you do not spend time taking classes that are not required for your program of study.


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Student Highlights Katie Helmer was hired as Case Manager at Hope Haven. Tamara Dehbozorgi is working as a victim advocate for the Charleston Circuit Court. She has been recently admitted to the new Charleston School of Law. She says that the Human Services program really helped her meet her goals. Tiffany Gentry was hired as a Relief House Parent at the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) Open Arms Shelter. Daniel Sousza is awaiting notification for a prospective Fulbright Fellowship where he’ll be studying faith-based initiatives with the goal of implementing them in his native country of Brazil. January Jarvis—Doing her internship at a church in California working with refugees. Amanda Diaczenko has good news to share: she was offered the Executive Director position at Programs for Exceptional People, (PEP) and of course, she accepted. She will assume the role from her predecessor, former graduate, Katie Ernst, the last week of November. Bill Polites is now interning for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and has recently been accepted in a mater’s program at USC Columbia in Rehabilitation Counseling. He believes in a philosophy of reciprocity and that you can change the world one person at a time.

Job Opportunities for Students Parent Outreach Coordinator Immediate opening for 15-20 hours per week temp position educating low income parents about the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, South Carolina Partners for Healthy Children and other health programs. Must have a high level of interpersonal skills, be a self starter and manage time effectively. Spanish language skills a plus. Salary $16-18/hr. Contact Gale Touger, Administrator, A Community Caring for Children, 683-7666.

News on Our National Accreditation The USCB Human Services Program is officially in its third year of operation. It was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools when USCB was granted fouryear degree-granting status. Pending approval of the proposed program changes by the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Organization, USCB will apply for national accreditation of its Human Services Program with the Council of Standards for Human Service Education. We will note our articulation with the South Carolina’s Technical Colleges. We are in the process of fine-tuning our program’s articulation with five of the technical colleges in South Carolina. This means students graduating from these schools with an associate degree in human services can continue their studies at USCB to obtain a baccalaureate degree. USCB is arranging for its faculty to offer courses on-site.

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