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APPLES Day 2014

By Janell Smith APPLES Service-Learning celebrated APPLES Day Sept. 24 by partnering with Hunger Lunch in the Student Union. APPLES served more than one hundred students cake and inviting them to learn more about APPLES programs. “APPLES Day is a day d …

APPLES summer intern works to give back to the community

For many students, internships are all about gaining valuable experience. But for Raisa Marrow, ’15, an APPLES Service-Learning summer intern at Kidzu Museum in Chapel Hill, that experience also comes with an added benefit of impacting the community. “ …

Former APPLES organizer shares life story and passion for service

By Meghan Modafferi and Frank Stasio Listen to Alexandra’s interview on The State Of Things For the first time, I recognized that some of my life experiences mirrored the lives of my students. Alexandra Zagbayou Alexandra Zagbayou was born in Montreal …

Bryan Social Innovation Fellows impact Nigeria’s youth

Destiny brings triplets to Carolina unc.edu After sisters Risi and Sheri Ademola graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill this weekend, they will head in different directions. Risi is moving to San Francisco or New York for work, while Sheri will start graduate s …

APPLES and BPSS student participants receive Chancellor’s Awards

Congratulations to these students involved in the APPLES Service-Learning and Buckley Public Service Scholars programs. Each received Chancellor’s Awards recognizing their academic or service leadership. Amanda Baldiga ’14, a Buckley Public Service Sch …

APPLES recognizes 2014 service-learning award recipients

Extending learning beyond the boarders of the classroom is the essence of service-learning. Every day, UNC students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community partners put this concept into practice making a difference in the lives of individuals and …

UNC students to spend spring break serving the community

While their peers venture off to tropical destinations for spring break, 60 UNC students will instead dedicate their time to giving back to the community. Through the APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break program, students will spend eight days focusing on civil rights and disaster relief or characteristics of Latino, urban and rural communities.

Katie Weinel learns most from service work

By Deborah R. Meyer – The Chapel Hill News Buckley Public Service Scholar and Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship recipient Katie Weinel shares her experience with service and its impact on her life Brushstrokes: Students take arts into the community Ka …

Students address community issues through popular service-learning course

By Nicole Beatty ’15 UNC offers many courses for students interested in learning more about public service and civic responsibility. APPLES service-learning classes bring the two together by extending learning outside the classroom to collaborate with …

APPLES Service-Learning student teaches healthy eating habits to community in Ecuador

Watching a student become a teacher is a teacher’s best reward. So says Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP). A …

Guanajuato Connections: Experiencing the global South

Reprinted with permission from Carolina Arts & Sciences magazine http://magazine.college.unc.edu/2013/09/guanajuato/  Hannah Gill, director of the Latino Migration Project, says Guanajuato programs offer UNC students a “transformative experience.” …

High expectations for APPLES Alternative Breaks

APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Breaks student leaders will plan 14 programs during the University’s fall, winter and spring breaks throughout the year. To do that, these students – working in pairs – must exemplify good organization, communication …

First-year students kick-off school year with service work through SLI

Even before they have their first class as Tar Heels, UNC’s first-year students are already engaging in service, getting a jump-start on the Carolina Way. Fifty first-year students spent three days working with …

Saarah Abdul-Rauf: VISTA Profile

During her two years as an NC Campus Compact VISTA, Saarah Abdul-Rauf has coordinated service opportunities for hundreds of college students. Her efforts have helped many develop a passion for service, just as she herself was inspired by an NC Campus Compact VISTA while a student at …

Musical Empowerment serves local kids through music

University Gazette Photo courtesy of Dan Sears. This fall, Tun and Morris were paired through the Carolina student organization Musical Empowerment, which has given Tun the chance to work with Morris once a week. Morris, a junior psychology major who s …

APPLES honors 2013 award winners

UNC students, alumni and local community partners exhibit the importance of public service by serving various communities and making a difference in the lives of others throughout North Carolina and beyond. Every year, the APPLES Service-Learning program recognizes and awards faculty, students, alumni and community partners who have made …

Service-Learning Initiative connects first-years with Carolina community

The initial few days on campus for first-year students can be overwhelming, making it difficult to connect to the larger university community. Immersing students in public service to ease that transition is what the Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is all about. Rani Reddy ‘15 says that …

Launch aims to help First-generation students

The Daily Tar Heel Launch, a new student organization dedicated to helping high school students make the transition to college, began with a conversation. Sophomores Manhas Narra and Frank Wu, co-founders of the group along with sophomore Abby Dennison …

APPLES Alternative Spring Break

Some students will spend spring break in class By Rachel Schmitt | The Daily Tar Heel While many view spring break as a time away from class, some students see it as a time to dig deeper into their field of study. Multiple courses at UNC contain a trav …

Some students will spend spring break in class

By Rachel Schmitt Daily Tar Heel While many view spring break as a time away from class, some students see it as a time to dig deeper into their field of study. Multiple courses at UNC contain a travel component over school breaks that allow students a …

Faculty Engaged Scholars and APPLES Service-Learning faculty receive teaching honors

Twenty-four instructors in 18 different departments or schools, received 2013 University Teaching Awards at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence. Five of those recognized are connected to CCPS programs as either Faculty Engaged Scholars or faculty for APPLES service-learning courses.

Classroom is community for Faculty Engaged Scholar Della Pollock

Faculty Engaged Scholar and communication studies professor Della Pollock was collecting the stories of alumni of Chapel Hill’s former all-black high school for an oral history project when one man’s statement caught her off guard. “He said, ‘Y’all have studied the hell out of the black community and …

Students connect with the community during alternative winter break

The winter break is typically a time when students relax and go home to visit family and friends. But for a dedicated group of students participating in APPLES Service-Learning’s alternative winter break, the idea of rest and relaxation was replaced by a desire to serve others. A group of 10 students ventured to …

Bryan fellow Camille McGirt receives Community Impact Award

Camille McGirt

Carolina senior Camille McGirt of Durham is one of 17 college students across the state to receive the 2012 Community Impact Award from the North Carolina Campus Compact. McGirt is a Bryan Social Innovation Fellow at UNC.

Healthy Girls Save the World Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship

For Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellow Camille McGirt ’13, engaging young girls in a healthy lifestyle is second nature. So it is no surprise that her Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW) program aims to impact young girls to incorporate wholesome habits into their lives. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, McGirt created HGSW to …

APPLES service-learning course writing student promotes benefits of UNC-Duke rivalry for local nonprofit

Kacie Albert

When I began my Writing for PR class at UNC this fall, I was bummed that I had to abandon my summer schedule of leisure. I thought I would be working on my writing skills to produce quality written materials in fictional settings, which did not excite me. When I learned a component of my grade would require …

APPLES Service-learning course increases students’ Spanish fluency

Many students studying Spanish at UNC will not have the opportunity to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country to increase their fluency. However, the next best thing may be an APPLES Service-Learning experimental education course in Spanish conversation. Bill Maisch, a senior lecturer in the Romance Languages department, is using …

APPLES alumnus invites young alumni to accept Holsenbeck Challenge

Fellow Tar Heels, during my time at Carolina, I immersed myself in various undergraduate activities which, in return, granted me new friendships, new knowledge and new life experiences. Of all the things I participated in at Carolina, service activities had the largest influence on my life. As a participant and organizer in the APPLES Service-Learning program, I had the opportunity to …

Buckley Public Service Scholar participant Courtney Sanford named Innovation Scholar

Courtney Sanford, a Buckley Public Service Scholar participant and APPLES Service-Learning student leader is the University’s first Innovation Scholar. Looking at Courtney Sanford’s résumé, it is clear that she has a talent for innovation. Sanford, who grew up in Hendersonville, Tenn., but graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., started taking classes …

Fifty-eight alternative spring break participants visit three states – changing communities and changing themselves

Nine days, 58 students, 2,616 miles traveled and 3,191 service hours amount to an APPLES Service-Learning alternative spring break (ASB) that UNC students found more rewarding than any they could have imagined. Carolina students Sima Sharara, Jacob Frumkin and Susie Choi each traveled to different places …

Students Spend Spring Break Lending A Helping Hand

Several college students in our state are spending their spring break making a difference in communities hit hard by Hurricane Irene. About 12 students from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were busy sweeping and cleaning the Davis Centre in Engelhard Wednesday. That facility is a local community center that suffered …

Realizing a dream through alternative breaks

Alexandra Zagbayou ‘10 “What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Langston Hughes. A dream deferred led me, while still in high school, to settle on becoming a corporate lawyer. I was 17 years old when I informed my high school math teacher and close me …

Bryan Social Innovation Fellow Camille McGirtand works to address childhood obesity

Camille McGirt ’13 spent the 2010–2011 academic year as an intern in Washington, D.C. “I met so many inspiring people [at the White House and on Capitol Hill],” she says. “I participated in several service projects and even helped with the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign.” When McGirt returned to North Carolina, she was motivated to spread the “Let’s Move” message. She decided to implement …