The 2010-11 Service-Learning Fellows, their respective academic fields, and projects were:
Paul Boumbulian, Public Service Associate, Health Policy & Management
Boumbulian developed HPAM 8010S: Advanced Service-Learning in Health Policy and Management. Taught Fall 2010, the class gave students the opportunity to partner with the Athens Neighborhood Health Center and gain an understanding of the complexities of the healthcare system by serving as patient advocates.
Tom Lawrence, Public Service Associate, Biological & Agricultural Engineering
During Fall 2010, students in Lawrence’s ENGR/LAND 4660: Sustainable Design course conducted projects at the request of the UGA Office of Sustainability. These projects involved either recently completed new building construction projects (such as the new Pharmacy School addition and the Building 1516 residence hall) or in planning for the addition of a renewable energy system.
Sungkyung Lee, Assistant Professor, Environment & Design
Landscape architecture students in Lee’s LAND 4912: Sustainability in Design studio worked with a local community group, Athens Permaculture, to design a community garden. In order to understand the site context, students conducted field research, worked on site clearing and rain garden construction, and participated in community meetings.
Deanna W. McEwen, Public Service Assistant/IPPE Coordinator, Pharmacy
McEwen supervised the service-learning incorporated into the pharmacy curriculum during the second and third year (PHRM 4520/4530/5710/5720) with a variety of sustainable internal, local, and statewide partnerships to provide direct patient care and improve health outcomes. For instance, beginning in January 2011, 14 students implemented a smoking cessation program entitled Beat the Pack offered to UGA employees.
Shari E. Miller, Assistant Professor, Social Work
During Spring 2011, undergraduate social work majors participated in a pilot version of Miller’s course in which inter-disciplinary faculty (social work; horticulture; food and nutrition) collaborated to develop a school garden initiative in local public schools, with a focus on addressing UGA students’ relationship to the natural environment, food security, sustainability, childhood nutrition/obesity, sense of self-efficacy, and community involvement.
Laurel Boykin Murrow, Assistant Professor, Georgia Health Sciences University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership
Murrow coordinated all forty first-year medical students at the Georgia Health Sciences University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership as they participated in the Community Health curriculum. Students worked in small groups with faculty coaches and local partner agencies to investigate a community health problem identified by partners and then implement a health promotion and disease prevention project.
Channette Romero, Assistant Professor, English
During Spring 2011, students in Romero’s ENGL 4890: Literatures of the Caribbean tutored in two after-school programs for elementary and middle school children in the Athens Latino/a community. By applying concepts found in literature to their interactions with Latino/a children and parents, students learned to critically examine issues such as bilingual education, the relationship between immigration status and access to public education, and the difficulties and joys of negotiating cultural difference.
Stephanie Tingler, Associate Professor, Music
Students in Tingler’s Fall 2010 MUSI 3450/7500: Vocal Pedagogy course provided vocal instruction to students preparing for Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Chorus auditions in public high school choral programs in Jackson and Barrow counties, and to youth and adults in Oglethorpe County. Community partners provided career-relevant situations to which students could apply their classroom knowledge, while students brought qualified vocal instruction to areas that have limited access to this educational resource.