Monday, March 10, 2008

Sharing More Community Service Learning Opportunities

I have been sick for the past 10 days and have not posted anything here during that time. (Thank goodness for Chris and Liz who continued to send their posts so that the blog wasn't totally dormant during that time.) But I'm happy to be back at work today, even if I still don't have my voice back yet.

One of the great things about being back at work is that I was able to attend Valeri Werpetinski's service learning reading group again today. We always have very interesting discussions, and Val always sends us interesting bibliography and news about opportunities in service learning. I'm copying below her latest updates:


1. 19TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SERVICE-LEARNING CONFERENCE: YOUTH FOR A CHANGE April 9-12, 2008 - Minneapolis Convention Center

The National Service-Learning Conference is the largest annual gathering of those involved in the service-learning movement. Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council, the conference connects participants with service-learning leaders through three days of plenary sessions, featured forums, and service projects. With more than 200 workshops, it provides access to new ideas and countless opportunities for networking with peers. This year’s keynote addresses will be delivered by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of South Africa, and Pedro Noguera, author of the book “Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools.” For more information and to register for the conference, go to

2. The 3rd Annual Best Practices in Building University/City Relations Conference will be held June 16-19, 2008, in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The purpose of this conference is to highlight results-oriented city and university practices that have built positive relationships and successfully addressed town/gown issues and concerns. Participants will have the opportunity to come together and learn from one another in the quest to build better relationships between universities and surrounding communities.

Texas A&M University, Blinn College and the cities of College Station and Bryan will present several programs and partnerships that illustrate best practices from all facets of town and gown interactions. In addition, officials from The Texas A&M University System, comprised of nine universities, seven state agencies and a statewide health science center, will share examples of successful practices in university and city relations from throughout the State of Texas.

If you have an outstanding program or initiative that is helping unite a university and city, you are invited to submit a presentation or roundtable proposal by March 15. The proposal submission instructions are on the conference website at

For questions or information regarding the conference program, please email:

Potential Session Topics include:
Best Practices in Neighborhood Issues
Best Practices in Campus-Community Relations Best Practices in Safety/Security Concerns both On and Off Campus Best Practices in Campus-Community Transit Systems Visioning/Branding of the Community to enhance Tourism and Town/Gown Marketing Economic Development in Town/Gown Partnerships City and University Planning Civic Engagement and Community Service

3. Eighth International Research Conference on Service-learning and Community Engagement in New Orleans! Conference information and Call for Proposal forms are available online at To be considered, all proposals must be received via electronic submission by 11:59 p.m.(Central Time) Wednesday, March 19, 2008. Incomplete proposal submission will not be reviewed. All proposals will be evaluated by at least two reviewers. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 30, 2008.

4. 2008 EPICS Conference on Service-Learning in Engineering and Technology. Registration is open. This year's conference will be held on the campus of Purdue University on May 20-22. More information and a link to register can be found at

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