Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Organizers of Student Conference Want to Focus on Service Learning

photo: Prof. Ann Bishop and Debbie Sim

At Monday's Public Engagement Symposium I was very lucky to sit at a table with such smart and passionate faculty and students to talk about service learning.
Debbie Sim was one of those students. She talked to me about her passion for national service, what she has learned at national conferences, the excitement of hearing Obama and McCain speak about the importance of service, and her desire for more service learning courses on our campus.

So I was very pleased to get a follow-up e-mail from her about an event she is organizing. Here are Debbie's words:

"I am organizing a service conference for the office of volunteer programs on Sunday, April 5. I would like to invite you to be a workshop presenter. The theme for this year's conference is 'A New Administration, A Renewed Call to Service: College Students Serving Champaign-Urbana & Beyond.' It would be great if you could speak about service-learning, and maybe even do some sort of service learning exercise with the conference attendees."

I'm looking forward to the conference! I'll be sure to put a link up here when one is available.

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME! I loooved when Obama had the day before his inauguration/Martin Luther King day become National Call to Service Day. I did volunteer work here in Ecuador (if that counts)! I wish I could come to the conference :( It sounds like a great opportunity.