Public Service news 5/22/2017

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement.

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OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

6/6 – Community partner summer orientation
7/14 – Service-Learning Initiative

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/9 – September 11th Day of Service grants
NC Afterschool Corps

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/6 – Carolina Blood Drive

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

6/23 – Special Olympics seeks volunteer swim coaches
Rise Against Hunger orientation volunteers
Summer nutrition educator volunteer opportunity
Compeer volunteer program

Volunteer with Kidzu Children’s Museum
Los Delfines Spanish Club
Volunteer tutors needed for Correctional Education Program

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

6/6 – Community partner summer orientation

All organizations and staff new to APPLES Service-Learning are invited to the community partner orientation 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6 at the Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce conference room (104 South Estes Drive in Chapel Hill). Information includes an overview of service-learning, details about APPLES courses and internship programs, process and expectations of becoming a new community partner and how to use the APPLES Partner Portal. There is also an opportunity to connect with other organizations working in the community, so feel free to bring information to share. This orientation is also valuable for those who need a refresher on working with APPLES. Coffee and refreshments start at 9:15 a.m. Orientation begins at 9:30 a.m. Register by June 5. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

7/14 – Service-Learning Initiative

Applications are open for APPLES Service-Learning Initiative. This is a three-day experience Aug. 16-18 for incoming first-year students to learn about service-learning in the local community. Students get to know other incoming Tar Heels, learn about APPLES and service-learning at UNC and explore ways to get involved in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Applications are accepted online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal until July 14.

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/9 – September 11th Day of Service grants

Iowa Campus Compact offers the September 11th Day of Service grants funding to mobilize college students to engage in service activities that meet vital community needs and honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, or who rose in service as a result of that tragedy. Iowa Campus Compact will award up to $120,000 to approximately 50 institutions of higher education to support their September 11 National Day of Service projects. Awards must be at least $1,000. Grant applications are due June 9.

7/21 – NC Afterschool Corps

AmeriCorps VISTA is accepting applications from graduating seniors and others to be part of the NC Afterschool Corps, a new AmeriCorps VISTA project. Individuals who are bilingual in Spanish and English are encouraged to apply. Learn more or apply by July 21.

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/6 – Carolina Blood Drive

The Employee Forum invites the Carolina community to the 29th annual Carolina Blood Drive, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 at the Smith Center. Free parking is available. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the drive, but appointments are strongly encouraged. Schedule an appointment by calling 800-733-2767 or visiting redcrossblood.org, enter sponsor code UNC. Presenting donors receive a free commemorative T-shirt and will enjoy food from several local vendors. For more information, visit blooddrive.web.unc.edu.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

6/23 – Special Olympics seeks volunteer swim coaches

Special Olympics Orange County seeks volunteer coaches for its summer swim program serving youth and adults. No experience is required. Practices are 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday. The season is June 14 to Aug. 4 and the skill level is beginning through advanced, including non-swimmers and water aerobics. Contact Colleen Lanigan or call 919-968-2810 to register by June 23.

Rise Against Hunger orientation volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Rise Against Hunger at orientation sessions. Volunteers earn hours while impacting and connecting with the newest members of UNC-Chapel Hill. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer orientation sessions. This year, only up to six volunteers for each packaging event can be accepted, so only sign up for the dates you know you will be able to attend. For questions, contact Julee Reitzel.

Summer nutrition educator volunteer opportunity

The No Kid Hungry NC/UNC SNAP-Ed Child Nutrition Project needs volunteers to provide nutrition education at summer nutrition program sites throughout Orange County. For more information, contact Jessica Soldavini.

Compeer volunteer program

Are you interested in combating the stigma associated with mental illness? Freedom House Recovery Center seeks volunteer companions for adults with a severe mental illness or an at-risk senior. Compeer volunteers help decrease isolation, loneliness and low self-esteem through friendship-type activities in the community with a Compeer friend – someone diagnosed with a mental illness. A minimum one-year commitment for one hour a week or four hours a month are required. For more information, contact Jasmine Carter.

Volunteer with Kidzu Children’s Museum

Kidzu Children’s Museum needs volunteers to help with its Kids in the Kitchen summer camp 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday the week of June 5. No previous experience is required. During camp, children ages 3-5 work with recipes, cooking tools and new tastes. For details, visit Kids in the Kitchen summer camp.

Volunteer tutors needed for Correctional Education Program

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Correctional Education Program seeks volunteers to provide tutoring to students in prison taking college courses or preparing for GED tests. Volunteers assist in academic skill development, help with essay composition and review course materials. Tutoring sessions will be fully-supervised in a study hall environment.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

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Thirteenth class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event


 
Chapel Hill, N.C. – Two hundred and fifty seniors, all who dedicated themselves to service during their time at UNC, will be honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 12 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 14 to represent their achievement.

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact through service. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect to others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and course work that make their service more effective. Launched in 2003, more than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled as BPSS participants, representing 49 out of 65 majors on campus. The 2017 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represent 33 North Carolina counties, 22 other states and five other countries. The students being honored join the 2,167 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 2,418.

Madeline Pliska 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholar“The Buckley Public Service Scholars program gave me an outlet for my love and passion for service,” said Madeline Pliska, a member of the 2017 graduating class. “It gave me a community of like-minded individuals to share my journey through Carolina with, and helped me continue to chase my personal belief that we, as humans, exist to help others.”

The 250 students graduating in the 2017 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 109,000 hours of service. To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum grade-point average, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course, attend four skills-training workshops and complete a final reflection activity. Many of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements; three students completed more than 1,000 hours of service and one student completed more than 2,000 hours of service.

Since its inception, 8,902 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.8 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like Community Empowerment Fund, Refugee Support Center, Farmer FoodShare, Global Health Connections International and Carolina For The Kids. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 70 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 19 percent other states and 11 percent other countries.

“The 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholars play an important role in strengthening the culture of service and engagement at Carolina,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “These students uphold UNC’s commitment to campus-community partnership. I am certain they will carry these civic values with them after graduation and will continue to affect positive change in their communities.”

BPSS is supported through the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. For more information about each Buckley Public Service Scholar, see the 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholars graduation bulletin.

2017 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by county, state and country:

Alamance County – Halie Ellinger, Grace Elizabeth Gunter, Elgin Yalin

Beaufort County – Hallie Jo French

Buncombe County – Marissa Brooke Cranford, Jeeun Noelle Lee, Abel Lomeli-Garcia, Oliana Luke, Nirja SutariaBurke County

Burke County – Sarah Katherine Long

Cabarrus County – Leah Baker, Priyenka Khatiwada, Leslie Moen, Gray Rodgers

Chatham County – Gloria Ashley Gaines, Kathryn Elisabeth Thomann

Cumberland County – Ashley Nicole Jenkins, Adrienne Lynn Than Maung, Ching Yi Ng, Rashiidah Richardson, Samantha Michelle G. Ty

Durham County – Vanessa Canuto, Jacqueline Ceron Hernandez, Elizabeth Ann Ferguson, Robin Lowe-Skillern, Esther Oluwatoni Madugu

Forsyth County – Leona Aisha Amosah, Hannah Angle, Akanksha Arora, Anna Davis Caudill, Achsah Renee Nicole Coleman, McKenzie Sean Folan, Hannah Kathryn Forbes, Kevin Davis Giff, Austin Dean Gragson, Lauren Grace Kent, Maleeha Mahmood Khan, Gustell A. Preston, Mishana Sturdivant*, Madison Elizabeth Watts, Mikala Ashlyn Whitaker

Granville County – Erin Nicole Welsh

Guilford County – Abena Adu-Nyako, Ronnie Armstrong Jr., Timber Grey Beeninga, Shira Pauline Chandler, Obinna Lucky Ejimofor, Amina Lawal Garba, Joshua Frazier Hanover, Matthew William Harris, Paige Hines, Sarah Carter Jessup, Kathleen Grace Kilmartin, Samantha Elise Link, Amy Katherine Lyon, Oscar August Menzer, Sydney Mitchell, Dhara Shah, Sarah Bethany Spiker*, Jason Urbano

Halifax County – Jaime Catherine DiLauro, Veronica Edmonds, Whitney Kay Edmonds

Haywood County – Kayla Joe Campbell

Henderson County – Luis Cristian Acosta, Kaitlyn Maddox

Hertford County – Casey D. Grant

Iredell County – Olivia Elizabeth Andretti*, Mary Kate Crawford, Lauren Rokavec Fotsch

Jackson County – Rose-Helen Xiuqing Graham

Johnston County – Nicholas James Gray Britt, Jonathan Taylor Wall

Lincoln County – Leslie Leung, Jade Loendorf

Mecklenburg County – Tia Andrade, Madison Ann Barnhart, Jacquelyn Beatty, Michael F. Caragher, Graham Collins, Elizabeth Anne Fleischer, Laura Wells Gill, Francesca Elena Maddy Gines, Kajal Rosy Grover, Phillip Montgomery Jester, HueyShan Lin, Elizabeth Matulis, Lucas Nielsen, Katherine Laine Nuccio, Jessica Rose O’Hara, Janki Rajendra Patel, Sarah Savannah Peters, Emily Reckard, Srilekhya Sure, Jayasri Vijay, Colleen J. Watson, Julia Elaine Whitfield, Morgan Zemaitis

Nash County – Carrie Lewis*

New Hanover County – Tirthna Savajibhai Badhiwala, Addie Humphrey, Audra Rose Killian, Emily Yvonne Milkes, Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, Alexis Worthington Shiro*, Katherine Marie Vaughn, Matthew Gray Wilson

Onslow County – Stephanie Nicole Wangerin

Orange County – Ranjitha Ananthan, Sarah Brooks, Carly Marie Collette, Hannah Stein Eichner, Anthony Kan, Amy Lee, Mary Eloise Pate, Kendell A. Silveira, Brooke Mackenzie Sobolewski, Enrique Toloza, Juliana Rae Wulforst, Maria Yao, Garrett Young-Wright, Lilly Alice Yuan

Pitt County – Kimberly Mewborn Keiter, Caitlin Mateer Seyfried, Jared Douglas Williams

Randolph County – Gemma Guadalupe Herrera, Abigail Martinez Jaimes, Jordan Caroline Jarrett

Robeson County – Sajan Y. Amin

Rowan County – Kaylyn Beatrice Pogson

Rutherford County – Lindsay Denise Barth

Stanly County – Lea Nicole Efird*

Union County – Jacqlyn Grilli, Vickie Erin Poulimenos

Vance County – Morgan Elizabeth Noel

Wake County – Kesha Acharya, Mahnoor Baloch, Morgan Lindsey Bush, Stephanie Ann-wei Chien, Kristen M. Chung, Youmna Elkamhawy*, Daniel Andrew Farrell,
Jessica Maria Ferrall, Taylor McKenly Fleming, Rachel Leigh Floyd, Dana Gentry, Nicole Gonzalez, Sara Heikal, Lauren Elizabeth Hitchings, Lindsey Holbrook, Taylor Rena Howard, Christopher Thomas Jadelis, Wendy Kally Ji, Hannah Louise Johnson, Benjamin Laird Hutton Jones, Sydney Grace Kalin, Colleen Kane, Isabella Hye Eun Kim, Maria Hye-Jin Kim*, Bryan Brinton Lester, Sian Li, Sydney Rowan Mark, Cherise Drusilla McManus, Caroline Nagy, Christine Keeyoon Nam, Meaghan Nazareth, Abigail Neal, Lauren Norris, Jordan Peterkin, Sarah Elizabeth Pupa, Pranavi Sanka, Aribah Masood Shah, Julia Shen, Rithi Sridhar, Elizabeth Stine, Christina Antonia Stone, Laurel Anne Sykes, Kiera Brigh Turner, Christopher Bin Wang, Caroline Aunspaugh Woronoff, June Grace Yang

Warren County – Selina Jaime Lopez

Wilson County – Christopher Tyler Sharp, Joseph Blake Wall

Alabama – Margaret Alice Williams

Arizona – Anjani Patel

California – Grace Busby, Giulia Raffaella Curcelli, Abigail Deborah Kinnaman, Kenneth Lee

Colorado – Madison Sarah Stark

Florida – Pamela Brody, Natalie Marie Cabo, Snigdha Das, Raina Danielle Enrique, Emily Isabel Shipley Granados, Virginia Keaton Green, Leah Francesca Jimenez, Samantha Kerker, Morgan Ashley McLaughlin, Jessica Caitlin Porter, Sofia A. Soto Sugar, Catherine Diana Wilsnack

Georgia – Sahar Alimohamadi, Sarah Ellyn Boland, Dory Julia Gellins MacMillan

Hawaii – Khin Oo

Illinois – April A. Hamer, Hannah Yayoi Saggau, John Charles Von Drasek

Kansas – Manuela Nivia

Louisiana – Katherine Anna Henning

Maryland – Morgan Focas, Martha Isaacs, Amara Gabrielle Jordan, Brooke Jacqueline Kilker, Jenn Morrison

Massachusetts – Jonathan C. S. Lynn

Minnesota – Madeline Jean Pliska

New Jersey – Sarah Belle Hart, Brianna Nichelle Moody, Ambika Paulson

New Mexico – Ana Cutts Dougherty

New York – Jessica Feeley, Amrithaa Mangala Gunabalan, Kelly Lynn Jasiura, Ryan Lupo, Hailey Amanda Orgass, Brian Christopher Riefler, Caitlin Schwagerl, Reyanne Nichole Strong, Exornam Angela Tettey

Ohio – Maggie Brownrigg, Claire Elizabeth Poindexter, Thomas E. Shockley III

Pennsylvania – Billie Rainley Patterson

South Carolina – Harrison Lancaster

Tennessee – Winston Arthur Bell, Townes Bouchard-Dean

Virginia – Brittany Anderson, Nicole Marie Brown, Sarah Henderson, Sheng-Shin Christina Lee, Veronica Sever

West Virginia – Austin Michael Mueller

Colombia – Daniela Lopez

Scotland – Alexander Clayton

Vietnam – Phuong Dinh Truc Nguyen

China – Ting Zhang

Peru – Maria Luisa Loo Deng*

*Indicates December 2016 graduates.

APPLES launches SLI: Engage

APPLES hosted its first Service-Learning Initiative (SLI): Engage event March 31-April 2. This is a unique student-lead introduction to service-learning and allowed APPLES SLI Engageparticipants to learn more about APPLES opportunities and local organizations in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Traditionally, SLI takes place in the fall over three days before classes begin and allows incoming students to get to know each other and serve local community partners. This was the first offering of a spring SLI which was open to any UNC student and included local service as well as reflections on sustaining community engagement beyond college. Twenty-five students participated, including student leaders who previously served with SLI.

SLI: Engage participants served at local community partners including IFC Community House, Triangle Land Conservancy, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Wildwood Farms, the Caring and Sharing Center and Battle Park. Activities and reflections followed the program’s sustainability theme, including ethical food and environmental practices, as well as sustainable partnerships and maintaining strong community relationships, a primary value of the APPLES Service-Learning program. Students also heard from a panel of UNC young alumni who have pursued service careers. Panelists included:

  • George Barrett ’13, associate director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center
  • Sarah Cohn ‘13 , advocate program coordinator for the Community Empowerment Fund
  • Sarah Smith ’10, global civic engagement coordinator at the Campus Y
  • Alexandra Zagbayou ’09, executive director at Student U

Taylor and Abby SLI Engage“We were excited that the program went so well for its first year and are looking forward to SLI: Launch in the fall and continuing to grow SLI: Engage in the future,” said student co-chair, Taylor Newsome, a junior biology and global studies major from Davidson, North Carolina.

Co-chair Abby Gostling, a sophomore economics and global studies major from Raleigh, North Carolina, said, “The participants were very engaged and we hope that they continue to serve the local community during the rest of their UNC careers.”

Carolina honors nine individuals and groups for public service

By Kealia Ryenolds

Chapel Hill, N.C. – Community-based services for the elderly, pro bono legal assistance and a refugee health program were some of the projects recognized at UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2017 Public Service Awards celebration on April 5. The annual event is held by the Carolina Center for Public Service.

“Service to others is at the heart of how a great public university engages with and serves its communities,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “The recipients of this year’s awards exemplify the best of blending public service and engaged scholarship to serve the public good. I am honored to recognize their meaningful and profoundly impactful work.”

Lucy Lewis, recently retired assistant director of the Campus Y and director of the Bonner Leaders Program, received the 2017 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honoring her commitment as a mentor for students engaged in public service and advocate for both students and community partners. Lewis was the founding director of the Bonner Leaders Program, which accepts work-study students with demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service and provides them with opportunities to engage in intensive community work supplemented by weekly capacity-building workshops and critical issues seminars.

Three others received Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards, which honor individuals and campus units for public service through engaged teaching, research and partnership. The recipients are:

Gary Cuddeback, distinguished term associate professor in the School of Social Work, was recognized for engaged research through the partnership between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Evidence-Based Intervention Collaborative and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Cuddeback leads a team that combines rigorous research methods and community engagement strategies to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system. The project developed a series of mental health training modules to educate probation officers across the state. The research program also developed treatment manuals focused on implementing an adaptation of an evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring illness and substance use disorders in mental health courts and probation settings.

Hannah Gill, director of the Latino Migration Project, was recognized for engaged teaching for her work with the APPLES Service-Learning Global Course Guanajuato. The spring semester course trains bilingual students to understand the contemporary and historical complexities of immigration through research, service-learning with immigrants in North Carolina and travel to communities of migrant origin in Guanajuato, Mexico. The program fosters bi-national relationships with migrant families, secondary schools and foundations in Mexico. The Latino Migration Project is a public educational program on Latin American immigration and integration in North Carolina that includes undergraduate teaching. It is a collaborative initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Global Initiatives.

Jenny Womack, clinical professor in allied health, received the partnership award for her work with the Orange County Department of Aging (OCDOA). Womack has worked with individuals, organizations and health-delivery systems to develop community-based services focused on three key issues affecting the quality of life for elders: driving, falls and dementia. She collaborated with the OCDOA on two successful grants – one funded a senior transportation coordinator, the other developed services and practices to build a dementia-capable community. Her efforts have impacted the aging community and empowered older adults and their families to utilize resources, programs and services in Orange County.

Winners of the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, which recognizes students, staff and faculty for exemplary public service efforts, are:

Brittany Brattain, a law student and member of the UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program, received the graduate and professional student award for her work with the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project. Students in this program, supervised by volunteer lawyers, talk at the cancer center with patients and their families about financial and health care powers of attorney and living wills. In her role as special projects coordinator, Brattain recruited student and attorney volunteers to serve at clinics; developed training protocol for student volunteers; created client files for clinics; and developed an institutionalized and automated system that will ensure the longevity of the project.

Matthew Mauzy, manager of Emergency Response Technology, received the staff award for his work with the North Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) response to Hurricane Matthew. As chief of the South Orange Rescue Squad, Mauzy ensures that his team is ready for hurricanes and for the resulting damage. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Mauzy contributed countless volunteer hours with the NCHART group to ensure North Carolina residents affected by the hurricane received the support they needed during the critical weeks following the storm.

Alexander Peeples, a history and political science major and Bonner Leader, received the undergraduate student award for his work with Heavenly Groceries, a local food bank that provides quality produce and grocery items to underserved communities. For the past three years, Peeples served as a link between St. Joseph C.M.E. Church, which houses the food bank, and the Jackson Center, which facilitates student involvement. One of Peeples’ contributions was securing grant money for a new van to make operations easier.

Marsha Penner, lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, received the faculty award for her commitment to the course PSYC 424 Neural Connections: Hands-on Neuroscience. The class is dedicated to teaching neuroscience through hands-on activities in the community. Students in the course develop neuroscience activities that include a detailed manual and tool kit and deliver them to educators for their use teaching in schools. Penner has been devoted to making science accessible to the public.

The Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) received the campus organization award for its outreach to refugee families who have settled in the local community. Founded in 2009, RHI has provided a sense of belonging in the community as well as access to needed services, including healthcare and social resources. This year, RHI matched 66 undergraduate and graduate students with 32 refugee families across Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham. As RHI pairs students with refugee families, students are able to regularly meet with and serve refugee families and ease the burden on local resettlement agencies.

About the Carolina Center for Public Service

The Center offers a variety of programs that support public service and engagement, providing students, faculty and staff many ways to explore service opportunities, learn new skills and link their academic endeavors to making a difference in the community.

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2017 APPLES Award recipients recognized

By Veronica Ortega

The APPLES Service-Learning program recently honored five individuals and organizations for providing significant contributions to service-learning to the UNC campus and in support to APPLES.

2017 APPLES award recipientsFour individuals, Finn Loendorf, Sonda Oppewal, Patricia Parker, Michael Ulku-Steiner and one community partner, Robeson County Church and Community Center, were recognized at the annual APPLES Service-Learning Award Brunch for sustained service as an integral part of the academic experience through their involvement with APPLES.

Lindsey Hollbrook, APPLES president, said, “These individuals continue to build the strong foundation for service-learning at Carolina and challenge us to do better every year. Their involvement, along with the University’s commitment, will ensure that APPLES continues for years to come.”
Finn Loendorf, a sophomore physics major, received the 2017 Undergraduate Excellence Award for their leadership and substantial contributions to the campus and community through organizations such as Carolina Advocating Gender Equity at the Campus Y and Boomerang, a youth empowerment program in Chapel Hill. Loendorf is also a former participant and student leader in the First-Year Service Corps and APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break programs. Loendorf is from Stanley, North Carolina.

Luis Acosta, the 2016 award recipient, presented the Undergraduate Excellence Award to Loendorf and said, “More than many students in just their second-year at Carolina, Finn embodies the APPLES values of integrating all of the various threads of a students’ life.”
Sonda Oppewal received the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award for developing and teaching, since 2010, the course Health Care in Global Context. As part of the course, Oppewal leads an interdisciplinary group of students to spend a week in Tyrell County, North Carolina examining a wide range of factors contributing to residents’ health. Students gain perspective and concrete skills while contributing to the work of their partners through screening older adults for risk of falls, taking blood pressure, conducting home visits, and discussing long-term healthcare and medications.

Abbey Kinnaman presented the award and said, “Professor Oppewal’s willingness and commitment to contribute so much of her time, enthusiasm and ideas toward the service-learning experience and partnership in her course has exceeded our greatest expectations.”
Robeson County Church and Community Center received the 2017 Community Partner Excellence Award. Since 1969, the Robeson County Church and Community Center has involved people across cultural, racial and denominational barriers in partnership with each other to address a wide range of social needs in the community. The organization has a sustained partnership with APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break programs, providing students with substantive opportunities to participate in its work while learning more about social change and the history of Robeson County.

Darlene Jacobs accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Kevin Giff and Austin Gragson presented the award. Giff said, “This organization has partnered consistently with the APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Break programs, providing students with substantive opportunities to participate in its work while learning more about social change and the history of Robeson County.”

Michael Ulku-Steiner ’92, received the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award. A member of APPLES’ founding team, Ulku-Steiner has remained dedicated to service through his accomplished career in education. He currently serves as Durham Academy’s head of school, where he also has worked as a teacher, coach and advisor. Ulku-Steiner continues his connected to APPLES and recently came back as part of the alumni speaker series to talk with current organizers about the early days of service-learning at Carolina and his career in education.

Alexandra Zagbayou, the 2016 award recipient, presented the award to Ulku-Steiner. Zagbayou said, “Michael has remained dedicated to service through his accomplished career in education. His work is an inspiration to us and we are grateful to honor his contributions to APPLES.”

Patricia Parker, department chair and associate professor of Organizational Communication, received the 2017 Service-Learning Award in honor of Ned Brooks for a career of engaged teaching and research in social justice leadership. Her experience includes founding The Ella Baker Women’s Center for Leadership and Community Activism, developing a diversity liaison program for the College of Arts and Sciences, and decolonizing organizational communication processes within her research. Parker has taught several popular APPLES courses, including Collective Leadership Models for Social Change.

Mike Caragher presented Parker the award on behalf of Ned Brooks. Caragher said, “We are grateful for all of Patricia’s service to this state, university and communities. Her efforts have brought people together, to work together and to support one another in numerous ways.”

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Public Service News 3/20/2017

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement.

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OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/27 – APPLES Summer Fellowship
Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips
APPLES Course Enhancement Grants
APPLES Partnership Grants

EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/22 – Regional IT Showcase
3/23 – Consulting 101 presentation
3/30 – African Diaspora Lecture
3/30 – Flourish Wellness skills training
3/31 – Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence
4/8 – GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/22 – Keep Carrboro Beautiful day
4/29 – Special Olympics seeks volunteers
Crescent Green volunteers needed
Grow to Life needs help in food ministry
PI+CH seeks motivated students
Rainbow Soccer coaches needed

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/27 – APPLES Summer Fellowship

The APPLES Service-Learning program offers a summer fellow position to work collaboratively with various Carolina Center for Public Service staff. Prior work experience in an office/business setting is preferred with priority given to students who have participated in an APPLES program. The summer fellow must be able to work effectively with a diverse group of people, as well as exhibit a professional and positive attitude. Strong verbal and written communication skills and a working knowledge of Word and Excel are required. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to apples@unc.edu by Monday, March 27. For details, visit Carolina Center for Public Service employment opportunities.

HURRICANE MATTHEW DISASTER RELIEF TRIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the university’s campus and community partners, is organizing relief trips for staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Upcoming relief trips are March 17, to Princeville, North Carolina, April 21 to Fayetteville, North Carolina and May 19 to Lumberton, North Carolina. For details on what to expect and information on completing forms, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.

APPLES COURSE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

APPLES Course Enhancement Grants up to $500 are awarded to APPLES faculty. These grants can fund course development materials or support required for APPLES service-learning courses. Past grants provided supplies for a community cooking class, funds for a field trip to a nuclear reactor and computer software to assist with community-based research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

APPLES PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

Students enrolled in an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant intended to benefit a community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for the student. Grants are up to $100 and can be used to enhance projects completed by students during their volunteer experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/22 – Regional IT Showcase

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Division of Information Technology is hosting the 2017 Regional Information Technology Showcase 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 22 at the Ridley Student Center at ECSU. The event is free and open to people in business, education and government fields. For more information, contact Sonya Dixon.

3/23 – Consulting 101 presentation

Deloitte Consulting offers a 101 presentation for first-year students and sophomores 6 – 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the Student Union, room 3206B. Join Deloitte practitioners and learn about the consulting lifestyle and work. The presentation includes details about the Business Analyst program and how to prepare for a career in consulting, as well as small group Q&As. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP at Deloitte Consulting. If you are interested but unable to attend, contact hsalito@deloitte.com.

3/30 – African Diaspora Lecture

The spring 2017 African Diaspora Lecture continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History’s Hitchcock room with Dr. Daniel Sayers, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C. The lecture, also part of the Stone Center’s Writer’s Discussion series, will focus on Sayer’s book, “A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Stone Center or call 919-962-9001. RSVP at Stone Center Writer’s Discussion Series.

3/30 – Flourish Wellness skills training

Flourish Wellness Coaching will host a skills training 5 to 7 p.m. March 30 at Bondurant Hall, room G030. Dr. Carol Ripley-Moffitt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Program and a nutrition expert, will share motivational interviewing skills in nutrition counseling. Food will be served. Sign up on the Google Form.

3/31 – Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence seeks submissions for its annual event that explores the survivor experience through stories, testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music and visual art. Submissions from survivors, their loved ones and allies are welcome. Pieces can be submitted with the artist’s name or anonymously. Those submitting written word pieces may choose to perform those pieces themselves or they can request that a volunteer read their piece. Artists do not need to be present for their work to be included. All written pieces will be printed in the event program in both English and Spanish unless otherwise specified by the artist. There will be an open mic following the submitted program pieces, as time allows. To participate, submit pieces to Jennifer Grant. Submission deadline is March 31 and the event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. For details, visit the Facebook event page.

4/8 – GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics

Register for the annual GO! Global Orientation on Culture + Ethics. This conference helps participants evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for international community engagement, and develop intercultural competencies on campus and abroad. The conference is open and free for anyone interested in attending. Register now to secure your spot as space is limited to 250 participants. Follow the Go! Facebook event page. For questions, contact Katie Costanza.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/22 – KEEP CARRBORO BEAUTIFUL DAY

Help clean the town of Carrboro and prevent trash from entering local streams. Bring work gloves and dress to be outside. Volunteers with meet at 9 a.m. April 22 at the Century Center. Cleaning supplies will be provided. Scout groups and youth groups are welcome to participate. For questions, contact John Cooper.

4/29 – Special Olympics North Carolina seeks volunteers

Special Olympics North Carolina seeks volunteers for its Plane Pull fundraising event on April 29 at the UPS Tarmac at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Volunteer with Special Olympics North Carolina or register a plane pull team.

Crescent Green volunteers needed

Crescent Green Assisted Living Communities needs student volunteers 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays to play bingo with the residents. Volunteers will call out the bingo numbers, assist participants and hand candy out to winners. Volunteers can also play cards and chat with residents on Sundays. Crescent Green also has a student volunteer coordinator position to fill beginning in August. For more information, contact Sydney Kalin.

Grow To Life needs help in food ministry

Grow To Life seeks volunteers to assist in its monthly food ministry every first Tuesday at 10 a.m. Duties include preparing and packing food boxes and placing them in cars. For more information, email Makeda Ma’at or call 323-762-5332.

PI+CH seeks motivated students

PI+CH at UNC creates a space for students to implement solutions for public health issues. PI+CH seeks to team with students from pre-medical, public health, computer science, marketing, business and communications fields to develop innovative public health solutions. If interested, complete the Google Form.

Rainbow Soccer coaches needed

Rainbow Soccer is looking for a few more soccer coaches for its Friday evening Intro to Soccer program. Volunteers who have played soccer are needed 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday evenings to introduce soccer to a group of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds. A couple more volunteer coaches or assistants are also needed for practice with youth teams. For details, contact Karen Aldridge.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Battle Grove serves as a model for living-learning lab

University Gazette, March 8, 2017

Sustainability @ UNC, Feb. 22, 2017

Geoffrey Bell and students Jun Wang and Brooke Benson tested the water in Battle BranchGeoffrey Bell wanted a way for students in his fall 2016 Restoration Ecology class to link concepts in ecosystem restoration with the practical application of research techniques they were learning. Sally Hoyt wanted to find new ways to engage students in the campus infrastructure around them.

So it was only natural that the two found a common purpose in the Battle Grove Restoration Project, which turned the once-soggy area beside McIver Residence Hall into a gentle stream that flows from Raleigh Street to Country Club Road.

The stream was created last year through a process called daylighting, where water from a Battle Branch tributary that had been piped beneath the road for 75 years was released in an aboveground stream. The new Battle Branch stream was designed with a filtration process that would naturally filter pollutants and contaminants out of runoff water, benefiting water quality downstream as well as in the immediate area.

A professor at North Carolina State University has worked with Hoyt, the University’s stormwater engineer, and her team to examine the effect of storm conditions on the stream’s water quality, but that work didn’t include monitoring Battle Branch’s base flow conditions – taken when it wasn’t raining as a way to gauge nutrient concentrations on an average day.

That’s where Bell’s class became instrumental.

“That was a gap in information we needed,” Hoyt said, “and I worked with Dr. Bell on parameters that were both useful to the project and feasible for his students to measure with the equipment that was available.”

Testing the nutrient concentration over time is important because the Battle Grove area is part of the Jordan Lake watershed, and that lake already has too many nutrients, some of which reach it through base flow conditions, Hoyt explained.

A three-student team in Bell’s class took on the base flow-monitoring project and designed their measurement and analysis methodologies to provide the information Hoyt needed. They sampled the water multiple times during the semester at four sites within Battle Branch to measure base flow concentrations of nitrate, nitrite, ammonium and phosphate in the water as well as dissolved oxygen, salinity and temperature.

Although their research didn’t yield conclusive patterns – phosphate was the only nutrient that differed significantly among the four sites – that in itself is a finding. It points to the need for additional testing at different times during the year to create a more complete picture than tests within one semester can show, the students explained in their report.The sites were selected based on varying degrees of treatment, including two places where water enters the system and a third location where water coming in from both entry points exits the system, said Brooke Benson, one of the students on the team.

The Battle Grove project was one of six community partnerships Bell’s class developed. Student teams also worked with University clients to examine ecological issues related to short-leaf pines in the North Carolina Botanical Garden, oyster restoration in conjunction with the Institute for Marine Sciences, stream monitoring on Outdoor Recreation Center land and endangered species restoration in Battle Park, as well as a project with the Town of Chapel Hill to monitor water quality for a local stream.

The class, which Bell has taught each fall for the past several years, is an APPLES service-learning class, requiring students to devote 30 hours outside of class to their assigned restoration project.

“As I developed the course, I saw an opportunity to bring both the service component and a practical application of research into the classroom because there was so much restoration work going on around campus,” said Bell, senior lecturer in the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology.

Bell focuses not only on teaching his students key concepts in restoring ecosystems, but also the research skills they need to design experiments, think critically and test hypotheses, and analyze their data.

“The biggest benefit for the students is that they can take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to a real issue,” he said. In the process, they’re learning how to manage projects and meet clients’ needs while giving back to the community.

In the Battle Grove project, for example, Hoyt showed the student team around the site and provided parameters for the information she needed, and the students took it from there. They determined the specifics of the study design and analysis.

“Projects like this are critically important to being good stewards of our environment,” said Benson, who is majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in ecology and society. “Nature has done a good job of taking care of itself, and we have to pay attention to the effects of pollution and urbanization on our natural systems.”

Bell’s class is a model for using the campus as a living-learning laboratory, as Chancellor Carol L. Folt has championed as part of the new Three Zeros Initiative. On March 24, Bell will be part of a Center for Faculty Excellence-sponsored panel to discuss innovative ways to integrate research and service into a living-labs classroom.

And his students’ work has laid the foundation for further assessment.

This semester, Stephanie Monmoine will take additional water samples from the Battle Branch stream, and she will create a time-lapse photo vignette of the area to show how the site has changed in terms of vegetation, animal habitats and other factors.

Monmoine, an intern with the Sustainable Triangle Field Site Program, is also focusing on education and outreach efforts.

“As students, many of us don’t consider how much planning goes into taking care of our campus,” she said. “I have a chance to see some of what happens behind the curtain to make our University run smoothly.”

Launched in fall 2016, the Three Zeros initiative is Carolina’s integrated approach to reducing its environmental footprint through three sustainability goals: net zero water usage; zero waste to landfills; and net zero greenhouse gas emissions. A central component to the initiative is to create a living-learning laboratory for students, faculty and staff to study and advance the most recent developments in sustainability policy and technology.

APPLES leads alumna to an alternative route

By Veronica Ortega

Alternative breaks program provided UNC graduate with unique experiences

Hope Thomson AFBHope Thomson ‘15, like many college students, was exploring options to pursue a graduate degree after completing her undergraduate curriculum at UNC. But one campus experience took her down an unexpected path that influenced her career development.

Thomson participated in an APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Fall Break experience (AFB) where students learn and serve outside the UNC community. AFB participants attend orientation sessions that prepare them for the challenges and issues they will confront during their service experience. Students also collaborate with community service partners, engaging in both direct and indirect services as well as advocacy work. The resulting networking, team building and project management skills are invaluable to AFB participants who benefit significantly from the intimate immersion in local communities.

For Thomson, the AFB experience nurtured an interest to further her community-focused work. As a result, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Thomson switched gears on her post-graduation plans and accepted a full-time position with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (MPSC).

Hope Thompson StemvilleToday, as a community outreach educator at the planetarium, Thomson combines her passions for chemistry and civic engagement by sharing educational science programs with families in dozens of communities across North Carolina. One program the outreach team delivers is a simulated laboratory experience in classrooms at schools that are not able to visit the planetarium because of distance and/or expenses. Another program is the free summer camp that services 10 North Carolina counties. Thomson’s personal favorites are doing chemistry experiments with third and eighth-grade classrooms like Elephant Toothpaste and coordinating the STEMville Science Symposium, a half-day science conference at MPSC for students in grades four to seven.

“You cannot bring science to the middle of North Carolina, if you have never been to the middle of North Carolina,” Thomson said. AFB engages participants in the community in such a way that makes their community service meaningful. Thomson added that AFB’s immersive experience taught her the importance of understanding and respecting the diversity that helps many community initiatives succeed. “My career is as unexpected as it is rewarding, and I appreciate the role that AFB played in helping me find my best way forward.”

Public Service News 3/6/2017

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/10 – SMART Mentoring applications
Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips
APPLES Course Enhancement Grants
APPLES Partnership Grants

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/10 – Hope Gardens summer internships
Orange County Partnership for Young Children internship

EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/9 – Lecture: The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System
3/10 – Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship workshop
3/30 – Flourish Wellness skills training

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/22 – Keep Carrboro Beautiful day
Serve on campus/community alcohol task force
Tutor with Habitat for Humanity
Carrboro Day volunteers needed
Spring break volunteer opportunity
Help with Carrboro Community Egg Hunt
Volunteer abroad in Peru this summer
PI+CH seeks motivated students
Local refugee project seeks interpreters
Rainbow Soccer seeks coaches
Join the Campus Y executive board

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/10 – SMART MENTORING APPLICATIONS

SMART Mentoring engages UNC undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program targets students from low-income communities and focuses on race, class and gender issues. SMART is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of youth. Applications to be a SMART Mentor are open for all undergraduate students with preference given to Buckley Public Service Scholars program participants. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by March 10. For questions, contact Kayla Campbell.

HURRICANE MATTHEW DISASTER RELIEF TRIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the university’s campus and community partners, is organizing relief trips for staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Upcoming relief trips are March 17, to Princeville, North Carolina, April 21 to Fayetteville, North Carolina and May 19 to Lumberton, North Carolina. For details on what to expect and information on completing forms, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.

APPLES COURSE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

APPLES Course Enhancement Grants up to $500 are awarded to APPLES faculty. These grants can fund course development materials or support required for APPLES service-learning courses. Past grants provided supplies for a community cooking class, funds for a field trip to a nuclear reactor and computer software to assist with community-based research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

APPLES PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

Students enrolled in an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant intended to benefit a community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for the student. Grants are up to $100 and can be used to enhance projects completed by students during their volunteer experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/10 – Hope Gardens summer internships

Hope Gardens offers four summer internship positions. Two paid internships are for summer garden managers, one unpaid internship is for a nutrition director and one unpaid internship is for an outreach director. Visit Hope Gardens for more information on how to apply. Applications are due March 10.

ORANGE COUNTY PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN INTERNSHIP

Orange County Partnership for Young Children offers an internship for students interested in working with childcare centers. Interns initiate gardening projects, connect centers to local farms and teach children about nutrition via cooking classes. Flexible hours and a stipend are available. Contact Maria Hitt for more information.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/9 – LECTURE: THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF THE ELECTION ON THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute presents the Gordon H. DeFriese Distinguished Lecture on Health Services Research and Health Policy Research The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Stuart Altman, Ph.D. Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, will present the lecture with a reception to follow.

3/10 – SKILLS AND PRACTICES IN ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP

The Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship Consortium presents the workshop, Keeping the Ground Watered: Nourishing Community Engagement throughout the Research Continuum. The workshop is 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 10 at the NC TraCS Institute in Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, room 219. This workshop will highlight community-engaged projects and share approaches on maintaining connections throughout all phases of research. Light refreshments will be served. Register at UNC Event Registration.

3/30 – Flourish Wellness skills training

Flourish Wellness Coaching will host a skills training 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Bondurant Hall, room G030. Dr. Carol Ripley-Moffitt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Program, and a nutrition expert will share motivational interviewing skills in nutrition counseling. Food will be served. Sign up on the Google Form.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/22 – Keep Carrboro Beautiful day

Help clean the town of Carrboro and prevent trash from entering local streams. Bring work gloves and dress to be outside. Volunteers with meet at 9 a.m. April 22 at the Century Center. Cleaning supplies will be provided. Scout groups and youth groups are welcome to participate. For questions, contact John Cooper.

SERVE ON CAMPUS/COMMUNITY ALCOHOL TASK FORCE

The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High-Risk Drinking seeks student involvement in this Chapel Hill-wide effort. Student involvement is crucial to implement policies that will have a lasting impact on the community. Task force members sit on committees with high-level stakeholders from the town of Chapel Hill, UNC and other community members. If interested, contact Elinor Landess.

TUTOR WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

UNC’s Habitat for Humanity tutoring committee travels to Hillsborough every week to tutor elementary through high school students from low-income families. The committee seeks tutors who love working with children and are available Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Transportation is provided. If interested, contact Meghan Malone.

CARRBORO DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed for Carrboro Recreation and Parks 2017 Carrboro Day. Join neighbors and friends and celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. For more information, contact John Cooper.

SPRING BREAK VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Habitat for Humanity ReStore seeks volunteers to help during spring break. Duties include sorting donations, organizing the store and assisting customers. Shifts are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m. March 13 to March 16. For details, visit College Spring Break Volunteer Opportunity.

HELP WITH CARRBORO COMMUNITY EGG HUNT

Volunteers are needed for the Carrboro Community Egg Hunt. Duties include assisting with egg hunt games, activities and age-specific hunts. For more information, contact Kathleen Hansen. Apply online to volunteer.

Volunteer abroad in Peru this summer

Volunteer this summer for six weeks in Peru through AIESEC. The program Impacta Hoy empowers local communities to succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures, and Raise Your Voice empowers teenagers to shape their future through university and career assessment. The program fee is $500 and applicants can sign up by March 10. Contact vptm-chapehill@aiesecus.org for more details.

PI+CH seeks motivated students

PI+CH at UNC creates a space for students to implement solutions for public health issues. PI+CH seeks to team with students from pre-medical, public health, computer science, marketing, business and communications fields to develop innovative public health solutions. If interested, complete the Google Form.

LOCAL REFUGEE PROJECT SEEKS INTERPRETERS

Linguistic volunteers are needed to pioneer a local biweekly gathering using simple songs from the United States and from home countries of refugees and immigrants. The collected songs will be used to stimulate English-language learning and allow people from a variety of backgrounds to build connections across differences. Volunteers skilled in Burmese, Karen or African languages are especially needed. For more information, contact Claire Bates.

Rainbow Soccer seeks coaches

Rainbow Soccer is looking for a few more soccer coaches for its Friday evening Intro to Soccer program. Volunteers who have played soccer are needed 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday evenings to introduce soccer to a group of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds. A couple more volunteer coaches or assistants are also needed for practice with youth teams. For details, contact Karen Aldridge.

JOIN THE CAMPUS Y EXECUTIVE BOARD

Apply to join the Campus Y executive board. The executive board is an opportunity to guide the direction of UNC’s Center for Social Justice as well as come up with new projects to help the center. The time commitment is approximately 15 hours each week.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 2/27/2017

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/3 – Apply for APPLES’ SLI Engage
3/10 – SMART Mentoring applications
Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips
APPLES Course Enhancement Grants
APPLES Partnership Grants

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

Orange County Partnership for Young Children internship
Apply to be a MedServe Fellow

EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/1 – Design Thinking and Food in North Carolina workshop
3/4 – Annual Carolina Indian Circle Pow-Wow
3/9 – Lecture: The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System
3/10 – Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship workshop
4/1 – Rotary Peace Center spring conference
4/8 – GO! Global Orientation

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/8 – Town of Chapel Hill egg hunt
Serve on campus/community alcohol task force
Tutor with Habitat for Humanity
Carrboro Day volunteers needed
Spring break volunteer opportunity
Help with Carrboro Community Egg Hunt
Volunteer with WellBaby
Youth girls’ volleyball coaches needed
Local refugee project seeks interpreters
Volunteer with Science Expo
Habitat for Humanity ReStore seeks customer service volunteer
Join the Campus Y executive board

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/3 – APPLY FOR APPLES’ SLI ENGAGE

APPLES Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) introduces new Carolina students to service opportunities in the local community. SLI is expanding to include all students in a new program, SLI Engage: a weekend program that incorporates service in the community, conversations and activities around sustainability, and discussions on how to continue being engaged as a public servant not just in college, but during summer vacations or after graduation. SLI Engage is March 31 through April 2. All students are welcome to apply through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by March 3. For questions, contact Nicole Cervi.

3/10 – SMART MENTORING APPLICATIONS

SMART Mentoring engages UNC undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program targets students from low-income communities and focuses on race, class and gender issues. SMART is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of youth. Applications to be a SMART Mentor are open for all undergraduate students with preference given to Buckley Public Service Scholars program participants. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by March 10. For questions, contact Kayla Campbell.

HURRICANE MATTHEW DISASTER RELIEF TRIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the university’s campus and community partners, is organizing relief trips for staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Upcoming relief trips are March 17, to Princeville, North Carolina, April 21 to Fayetteville, North Carolina and May 19 to Lumberton, North Carolina. For details on what to expect and information on completing forms, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.

APPLES COURSE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

APPLES Course Enhancement Grants up to $500 are awarded to APPLES faculty. These grants can fund course development materials or support required for APPLES service-learning courses. Past grants provided supplies for a community cooking class, funds for a field trip to a nuclear reactor and computer software to assist with community-based research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

APPLES PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

Students enrolled in an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant intended to benefit a community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for the student. Grants are up to $100 and can be used to enhance projects completed by students during their volunteer experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

Orange County Partnership for Young Children internship

Orange County Partnership for Young Children offers an internship for students interested in working with childcare centers. Interns initiate gardening projects, connect centers to local farms and teach children about nutrition via cooking classes. Flexible hours and a stipend are available. Contact Maria Hitt for more information.

Apply to be a MedServe Fellow

MedServe is recruiting UNC students interested in healthcare for its second class of fellows. The fellowship connects future medical students with innovative, community-oriented primary care practices across North Carolina. Fellows receive ongoing training and support, become active members of a healthcare team, impact local health issues and work in both a clinical role (e.g. as a medical assistant) and community role (e.g. as a health coach). Application deadline is March 1. For more information, contact Patrick O’Shea.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/1 – DESIGN THINKING AND FOOD IN NORTH CAROLINA WORKSHOP

The UNC Institute for the Environment and CUBE will host a workshop 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 1 at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. This hands-on workshop in design thinking will go through a complete design cycle and leverage user studies to create a low-resolution prototype. The focus will be on North Carolina food systems in celebration of UNC’s campus-wide Food for All theme. Register at the Institute for the Environment.

3/4 – ANNUAL CAROLINA INDIAN CIRCLE POW-WOW

The American Indian Center will host its 30th annual Carolina Indian Circle Pow-Wow 11 a.m. March 4 in Fetzer Gym A. There will be Native dance exhibitions, traditional arts and crafts displays, and traditional food tasting. General admission is $4; student admission is $2 with an ID. Free parking is available at Cobb Parking Deck on South Road. For more information, contact Elena Jacobs Polanco at 336-455-1304 or Joseph Locklear at 910-691-4856.

3/9 – Lecture: The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System

The Gordon H. DeFriese Distinguished Lecture on Health Services Research and Health policy presents a lecture, The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System, at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Stuart Altman, Ph.D. Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, will present the lecture with a reception to follow.

3/10 – Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship workshop

The Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship Consortium presents the workshop, Keeping the Ground Watered: Nourishing Community Engagement throughout the Research Continuum. The workshop is 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 10 at the NC TraCS Institute in Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, room 219. This workshop will highlight community-engaged projects and share approaches on maintaining connections throughout all phases of research. Light refreshments will be served. Register at UNC Event Registration.

4/1 – ROTARY PEACE CENTER SPRING CONFERENCE

The 14th annual Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 at the FedEx Global Education Center with the theme Bridging Divides. Rotary Peace Fellows will present their research and sharing examples of hope, peacemaking and positive change. Free parking is available in the McCauley Parking Deck located underneath the FedEx Global Education building. Register through Eventbrite.

4/8 – GO! GLOBAL ORIENTATION

UNC’s annual GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at the FedEx Global Education Center. GO! is a free conference that helps students who are undertaking a global opportunity set expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities and develop intercultural competencies. The conference covers interdisciplinary topics for undergraduate and graduate students. GO! targets students who either have plans to travel globally or locally and research, intern, volunteer or study, or who are considering a future global opportunity. Registration opens on March 1 and students must register to attend. See the GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics Facebook page for event updates. For questions, contact Niklaus Steiner.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 4/8 – TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL EGG HUNT

The town of Chapel Hill will host its egg hunt 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumac Road in Chapel Hill. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute eggs, assist the bunny and monitor the hunt areas prior to start time. Sign up to volunteer or contact Amanda Fletcher for questions.

Serve on campus/community alcohol task force

The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High-Risk Drinking seeks student involvement in this Chapel Hill-wide effort. Student involvement is crucial to implement policies that will have a lasting impact on the community. Task force members sit on committees with high-level stakeholders from the town of Chapel Hill, UNC and other community members. If interested, contact Elinor Landess.

Tutor with Habitat for Humanity

UNC’s Habitat for Humanity tutoring committee travels to Hillsborough every week to tutor elementary through high school students from low-income families. The committee seeks tutors who love working with children and are available Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Transportation is provided. If interested, contact Meghan Malone.

Carrboro Day volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Carrboro Recreation and Parks 2017 Carrboro Day. Join neighbors and friends and celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. For more information, contact Kathleen Hansen. Apply online to volunteer.

Spring break volunteer opportunity

Habitat for Humanity ReStore seeks volunteers to help during spring break. Duties include sorting donations, organizing the store and assisting customers. Shifts are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m. March 13 to March 16. For details, visit College Spring Break Volunteer Opportunity.

Help with Carrboro Community Egg Hunt

Volunteers are needed for the Carrboro Community Egg Hunt. Duties include assisting with egg hunt games, activities and age specific hunts. For more information, contact Kathleen Hansen. Apply online to volunteer.

VOLUNTEER WITH WELLBABY

WellBaby seeks volunteers for a class series that meets Tuesday nights until May 19. Volunteers supervise children 5 to 10 years old and help with reading or homework. It is not necessary to volunteer each Tuesday. Volunteers must complete an application and pass a background check. For more information, contact Mae McLendon.

YOUTH GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL COACHES NEEDED

Carrboro Recreation and Parks needs coaches who can organize practices and communicate effectively with players 10 to 13 years old, parents and recreation department staff. Coaches must also teach proper playing skills, fundamentals and sportsmanship, and provide an enjoyable atmosphere at practices and games. To apply, complete the volunteer application.

Local refugee project seeks interpreters

Linguistic volunteers are needed to pioneer a local biweekly gathering using simple songs from the United States and from home countries of refugees and immigrants. The collected songs will be used to stimulate English-language learning and allow people from a variety of backgrounds to build connections across differences. Volunteers skilled in Burmese, Karen or African languages are especially needed. For more information, contact Claire Bates.

VOLUNTEER WITH SCIENCE EXPO

The UNC Science Expo is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 on Cameron Avenue on UNC’s campus. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. to assist with set up, exhibitors, information and break down. Complete the special events volunteer registration form to volunteer or contact Amanda Fletcher with questions.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE SEEKS CUSTOMER SERVICE VOLUNTEER

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs a friendly and energetic volunteer to help run the customer service desk at least one day a week. ours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A three-month commitment is preferred. If interested, contact Amanda Casella.

Join the Campus Y executive board

Apply to join the Campus Y executive board. The executive board is an opportunity to guide the direction of UNC’s Center for Social Justice as well as come up with new projects to help the center. The time commitment is approximately 15 hours each week.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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