The Service-Learning Fellows program debuted in Spring Semester 2006. The 2006 Inaugural Service-Learning Fellows, their respective academic fields, and projects were:
David Berle, Assistant Professor, Horticulture
In response to concerns over development in the Hog Hammock community on Sapelo Island, Georgia, Berle’s students documented and mapped over 1200 trees in the 434-acre community. Using the latest GPS equipment, students learned to map trees and collect data related to overall tree health. After received training on campus in Athens, the 12 students spent 8 intensive days mapping trees and roads.
Donna Bliss, Assistant Professor, Social Work
Students enrolled in Bliss’s Communities and Organizations class conducted comprehensive analyses of Athens-Clarke County community issues, and developed grassroots intervention proposals to address them. Then, social work students in her Organizing Community Groups class helped organize community groups to implement these grassroots interventions.
Keely Jones, Assistant Professor, Public Administration & Policy
Jones designed and implemented service-learning components for her classes to connect MPA students with nonprofit organizations. Student teams worked with local nonprofits and provided customized fund-raising and organizational management recommendations.
Katherine Kipp, Associate Professor, Psychology
Students in Kipp’s developmental psychology course took part in service-learning, volunteering their time mentoring and tutoring pre-K students, writing reaction papers relating their experiences back to developmental psychology concepts, thinking critically about the impact of their service on the community, and presenting final thoughts and reflections at the end of the semester.
Paul Matthews, Academic Professional Associate, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education (CLASE)
Matthews extended CLASE’s service-learning initiatives involving UGA students in working with the K-12 Latino community in Athens, especially with after-school tutoring and mentoring programs. He developed the LLED 4620/6620: ESOL Service-Learning course to support these initiatives.