APPLES recognizes 2014 service-learning award recipients

2014 APPLESAwardsGroupExtending 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 the communities they serve. To honor their work, each year the APPLES Service-Learning program recognizes those individuals and organizations who have exhibited a sustained and deep involvement in service-learning at Carolina. This year, Hannah Smith, One Act, Hannah Gill, Robyn Fehrman and Clair Lorch received awards for their outstanding contributions to service-learning at the annual APPLES award brunch held Friday, April 11.

Hannah Smith – Undergraduate Excellence Award

Hannah Smith, a graduating senior majoring in Health Policy and Management, is honored for her involvement with the Samaritan Health Center over the years. Her work reflects a sustained and ongoing commitment to the community, while demonstrating genuine and valuable contributions to the organization. Her work has extended to her honors thesis project where she is researching patient satisfaction and health care access.

One Act – Community Partner Excellence Award

One Act is honored for its sustained and ongoing commitment to interpersonal violence prevention and the development of unique and valuable trainings to build awareness among students. The unique work of One Act integrates education, service, reflection and social action which provides students with particularly meaningful and transformative learning experiences. Through One Act’s partnership with service-learning, students have been included in significant work on campus, and in the community.

Hannah Gill – Teaching Excellence Award

Hannah Gill is selected based on her work with the Latino Migration Project and the APPLES Guanajuato course, where she has continued to deepen students’ understanding of local migrant perspectives over the years. Her teaching has strengthened the quality of learning in these courses through local and global community-based experiences combined with challenging critical reflection.

Robyn Fehrman – Outstanding Alumni Award

Robyn Fehrman is a 2000 and 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former APPLES organizer. She is honored for her efforts and contributions toward social change in the roles she has served in for various nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood, Triangle Community Foundation and Teach For America of Eastern North Carolina. Robyn’s work reflects a passion for working with individuals and communities with the goal of increasing capacity building and social change

Claire Lorch – Service-Learning Award in honor of Ned Brooks

Claire Lorch is celebrated for her deep commitment to building community through service and ensuring food access to University employees. Through Claire’s determination, the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) has become a thriving part of our campus. She has sustained long-term partnerships with various APPLES courses, enriching the education and experience of Carolina students, while making a substantial impact impact on the lives of University employees and their families. Before her work with CCCG, Claire’s career at Carolina in various roles has reflected a genuine and meaningful connection with individuals and communities.

“Service is at the heart of APPLES and the same can be said of the Community Garden,” Claire Lorch said. “This garden is so much more than vegetables; it’s being involved in something bigger than all of us. It brings the campus and community together for a common goal…. APPLES allows students to take a deep dive into the workings and needs of the garden. There is only so much I as the garden manager can do. We are able to do so much more because of the students’ and their professors’ commitment to this work. It is our hope that the garden is a meaningful experience for them and one they will continue to benefit from in years to come.”

Public Service News 3/17/2014

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/. 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

3/17 – Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service data collection

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/17- Public Administration Leadership Challenge
3/17- Peace First Prize
3/18- Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service summer internships
3/23- Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards nominations
3/30- Lend for America fellowships
4/1- World of Children Award
4/11- Summer 2014 per-health service-learning internship
5/16- Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
6/30- True Hero, Inc. grants
Train to be a teaching fellow in Charlotte
Moche-Siniscap service-learning in Peru
Proposal development internship with RTI
Global Leadership summer program with Leadership exCHANGE

EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/18 & 19- UNC Global passport drive
3/19- The state of domestic and global affairs: a conversation with Senator James Sasser
3/21- Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship spring seminar

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/6- Volunteers needed for Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention
4/12- Carrboro Open Streets volunteer opportunities
Kidzu seeks volunteers
Childcare volunteers needed during support group meetings
Global open idea challenge to empower women and girls
Volunteer tutors needed for refugee evening tutoring program

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/17 – Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service data collection

The Carolina Center for Public Service is collecting campus-wide data for the 2014 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service on behalf of UNC, and we need your help. Last year UNC-Chapel Hill was named to the national 2013 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service honoring Carolina students who contributed more than 952,170 service hours in 2011-2012. Even more impressive, we were one of the few institutions named to the Honor Roll with distinction. The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary, innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. It is the highest recognition an institution can receive in this field. Recognition for the 2014 Honor Roll will be based on the community service and service-learning activities that began or remained ongoing during the 2012-2013 academic year (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013). We need your assistance to help demonstrate UNC’s campus-wide commitment to community engagement. If your program or organization has data to report, please complete this short survey by Monday, March 17 to provide us with estimates on involvement from undergraduate and/or graduate students in your programs. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/17- Public Administration Leadership Challenge 

The Public Administration Leadership (PAL) Challenge is a case study competition for UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates that offers the chance to compete for a $1,000 cash prize for solving a unique public administration problem. Organized by School of Government MPA program, the PAL Challenge aims to engage undergraduates in public service leadership. For details, visit PAL online. Application deadline is March 17.

3/17- Peace First Prize

The Peace First Prize grants young people between the ages of 8-22 with a two-year $25,000 Peace First Fellowship recognizing compassion, courage and the ability to create collaborative change. For more information and to apply, visit Peace First Prize. Application deadline is March 17.

3/18- Institue on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service summer internships

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is an eight-week academic internship program held in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate students interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. The Institute combines hands-on professional experience for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience worth up to nine credit hours from George Mason University. For more information or to apply, visit DC Internships.org. Application deadline is March 18.

3/23- Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards nominations 

The Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA) are the only teaching and staff awards funded entirely by student fees. They made a difference in your life and education – now is your chance to make a difference in theirs. Nominate an outstanding professor, TA or staff member today. Nominations are due March 23 and can be submitted online at bit.ly/1ja5ocS. For questions, contact uncsutasa@gmail.com.

3/30- Lend for America Fellowships

Lend for America trains students who are seeking to start microfinance organizations at their college campuses. Fellows receive a crash course in microfinance in North Carolina, a full-time paid summer internship with an existing microfinance group at one of three locations (North Carolina, New Jersey or Rhode Island), and year-round support from Lend for America as they start their organizations on campus. Undergraduates and graduates of all majors are encouraged to apply. Visit Lend for American for more information or to apply. Application deadline is March 30.

4/1- World of Children Award

The World of Children Award recognizes a young hero, under the age of 21, who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. The award offers cash grants up to $25,000 to proven, sustainable programs created and managed by the 2014 honorees. For more information or to apply, visit World of Children Award. Application deadline is April 1.

4/11- Summer 2014 Pre-health Service Learning Internship 

A Helping Hand offers its Pre-Health Internship Program to future healthcare providers to work one-on-one with older adults through a minimum of 120 hours of volunteerism. Interns also receive 30 hours of training on topics related to aging. For details and to apply, visit A Helping Hand. Application deadline is April 11.

5/16- Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

The Ernest A. Lynton Award recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early-career at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research and service to community engagement. The award is sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and the Center for Engaged Democracy at Merrimack College. For more information about eligibility or to apply, visit the 2014 Lyton Award. Application deadline is May 16.

6/30- True Hero, Inc. grants

True Hero Inc. is a nonprofit organization that rewards students and schools for doing good work in their communities. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to fund projects at the high school and collegiate levels. For more information about the award or to apply, visit True Hero. Application deadline is June 30.

TRAIN TO BE A TEACHING FELLOW IN CHARLOTTE 

TEACH Charlotte provides an accelerated pathway into teaching for accomplished professionals and recent college graduates who are NOT yet licensed as educators, but who possess the dedication and content knowledge to teach in some of Charlotte’s highest-need schools. TEACH Charlotte seeks outstanding candidates to teach science, math, Spanish and special education, among other subjects. Teachers in these subject areas are in high demand. For details, contact Anh-Thi Mouradov.

Moche-Siniscap service-learning in Peru 

Interested in public health, development and ethnography? The Moche-Siniscap service-learning program provides students and volunteers training and practical experience in community organizing, ethnographic methods and community-based development as well as instruction in contemporary Peru. Work with the Comunidad Camposina de Collambay to map community lands and resources, organize a community health fair and explore the Andes. For details, contact Claire Novotny.

Proposal development internship with RTI 

RTI International offers an internship for students to gain experience at an international nonprofit research institute. Interns learn about the contracting industry from a proposal development perspective and gain knowledge about subcontracting requirements, government compliance, contract and grant types, and working in a team environment. To apply, see current internship opportunities at RTI.

global leadership summer program with leadership exchange

Leadership exCHANGE  announces its 15th annual Global Leadership Program. Join students from around the world for award winning Global Leadership Programs in Prague, Rome, Panama or North Carolina. Two six-week summer programs are available. Earn three to nine semester credits, develop your social entrepreneurship skills, learn theories and models for effective and innovative change, and participate in community service projects. For more information, visit Leadership exCHANGE or contact Heather McDougall.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/18 & 19 - UNC Global Passport Drive

UNC Global will host its ninth annual passport drive 10 a.m. –  3 p.m. March 18 and 19 at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, in room 4003. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will accept applications and answer any questions. While it is recommended to have passport photos taken prior to the drive, a photographer from the UNC One Card Office will be on site to take passport photos if needed. This event is open to students, faculty, staff and their families. Payment information and details about required materials for applications and renewals can be found online at UNC Global.

3/19 - The state of domestic and global affairs: a conversation with Senator James Sasser

James Sasser, who spent more than a quarter-century in public life as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, as U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and as a leading commentator on Sino-U.S. relations and the inner workings of the U.S. Senate, is currently serving as the Morehead-Cain Alumni Visiting Distinguished Professor and Visiting Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute. Susan King, Dean of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor, will facilitate a conversation with Senator Sasser about domestic and global affairs 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in Graham Memorial, room 039. UNC President Tom Ross will introduce Senator Sasser. For details, visit Honors Carolina.

3/21 – Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship spring seminar

The Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship Consortium continues its seminar series Friday, March 21 with The 4 P’s: Guidelines for Publishing Peer-reviewed Publications with Community Partners. Presenters are Alexandra Lightfoot, director of the CBPR Core at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Eugenia Eng, professor of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Molly DeMarco, project director and research fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; and Jennifer Schaal, board member of The Partnership Project in Greensboro, N.C. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with the seminar from 9 – 10:30 a.m. in Dey Hall’s Toy Lounge. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/p9saaz8.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/6 – Volunteers needed for PinWheels for Child Abuse Prevention

The Exchange Clubs’ Child Abuse Prevention Center in Durham will host its PinWheels for Prevention fundraiser Sunday, April 6 at Wheels Fun Park in Durham. Volunteers are needed from noon – 6 p.m. to help with set-up, registration and run activities like go-karts, putt putt golf, roller skating, play gym, skateboarding, batting cages and more. To volunteer, visit the Exchange Family Center online.

4/12 – carrboro open streets opportunity 

Open Street events are held in cities around the world to build community, promote health and well-being, and raise awareness of transportation options. Bike, walk, skate, dance and play in a traffic-free public space on East and West Weaver Street. These streets will be closed to cars that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to sign up, visit Open Streets or contact Julie Collins.

KIDZU SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Are you looking for a chance to share your experience and talents with others? Kidzu Children’s Museum seeks volunteers to support Kidzu’s efforts to bring creative learning to the community by assisting with programs, events and helping with educational exhibits. Kidzu Children’s Museum is a creative hands-on museum (located in University Mall) geared to children up to 10 years of age. For more information, contact Tina Clossick.

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Compass Center is urgently looking for kid-friendly volunteers to provide safe, supportive play for children of all ages while their parents attend support group meetings. Volunteer shifts are typically 6 – 7:30 p.m. or 6 – 8 p.m. and group locations are within walking distance of UNC’s main campus. Childcare can be a huge barrier for many parents, so this service makes a difference in the lives of Compass Center clients. Volunteer opportunities are ongoing. For details, contact the Compass Center.

GLOBAL OPEN IDEA CHALLENGE TO EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS

The OpenIDEO is dedicated to helping women and girls living in low-income urban communities across the world achieve personal safety. The OpenIDEO Challenge asks the OpenIDEO community to think collaboratively and, design solutions and share ideas that enable women to feel safe and empowered, by contributing research, sharing ideas and collaborating with others during the challenge. Carolina students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate, spread the word and submit your ideas. To learn more and get involved, visit OpenIDEO.

VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED FOR REFUGEE EVENING TUTORING PROGRAM

The Refugee Community Partnership offers a weekly tutoring program designed for refugee middle and high school students and their families. Students are primarily from Burma and seek help with homework. Parents attend for English as a Second Language classes as well. Volunteer tutors are needed to work with both students and parents on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tutoring takes places at the Family Resource Center at the South Estes apartment complex. For details, contact Meg Van Voorhis.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.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, 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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UNC students to spend spring break serving the community

By Laura Fisher ’15

2013 civil rights alternative spring break.

2013 civil rights alternative spring break.

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. Students spent the semester preparing for the break experience through the two-credit hour class HBEH 610, Critical Approaches to Service-Learning. Classroom interaction focused on theories and experiences relevant to social action and community development, and the alternative spring break experience will allow them to apply what they have learned through service and advocacy work.

Between March 7 and 15, some APPLES students will travel to Birmingham, Ala., or Atlanta while others work in the North Carolina communities of Burgaw, Dunn, Durham, Charlotte, Clinton, Lumberton, Pembroke, Raleigh, Rocky Point and Swan Quarter. Each group will engage in direct and indirect service with community partners in the area, gaining a deeper understanding about the assets and challenges of those communities. Following the experience, emphasis is placed on reflection to encourage active citizenship beyond the break experience when they return to Chapel Hill and their home communities.

“It has been interesting to learn about civil rights in a classroom setting,” said Amy Kalinowski ’15, a student traveling to Birmingham to address civil rights issues in the community. “I am looking forward to directly applying everything we’ve learned so that I can gain a more personal connection to the issue.”

All APPLES alternative breaks are student-led experiences in which students travel outside of Chapel Hill to engage with a community, performing service while learning about a pertinent topic reflective of that area. Each year, more than 168 UNC students give their time to serve through APPLES alternative break programs, working with community partners that have established relationships supporting these breaks year after year.

For more information on APPLES alternative spring breaks, visit ccps.unc.edu/apples/alternative-breaks/alternative-spring-break/.

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

Katie Weinel, Mary  - BPSS Musical OutreachKatie Weinel knew that a stellar GPA was key to getting into medical school.

“But I think that while I was an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill, I learned the most not from my classes, like biochemistry or molecular biology, but from leading Musical Empowerment,” said Weinel, who is in her first year at the UNC School of Medicine. Musical Empowerment matches UNC students with children in the community to give them private music lessons.

“Music taught me perseverance and how to have confidence when playing in front of an audience,” said Weinel, who plays the flute and violin. “These are skills that you carry with you always.”

“I think the arts, and music in particular, are amazing tools for social change, bettering a community,” she said. “It is a language that everyone understands.”

Her senior year Weinel learned from her faculty adviser, Emil J. Kang, UNC’s executive director for the arts, that there was talk of forming a new service group related to the arts which would be a subset of the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program. The BPSS program gives UNC students who want to be involved in public service a framework. Undergraduates pledge to do at least 300 hours of community service. Weinel asked to help push this arts initiative to an immediate reality.

With a lot of hard work from key players, including Ryan Nilsen and Lynn Blanchard at the Carolina Center for Public Service; Aaron Shackelford, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Carolina Performing Arts; Weinel and Kang, the new program, Arts in Public Service Fellows recently accepted its first 20 students. Two weeks ago, they began journeying out, volunteering at arts organizations, and exploring how the arts can be a tool for social change.

Some of the groups they are working with are Hidden Voices, Sacrificial Poets, The ArtsCenter, Durham Arts Council, Theater Delta, Boston Urban Music Project, and Triangle ArtWorks.

‘A huge challenge’

After Kang began at UNC in 2005, he took the Tar Heel bus tour, which is a five-day trip across North Carolina.

“I realized from this trip that the university’s commitment to the state was such a big part of what makes up the university,” Kang said. “It seemed to me like a huge challenge – what could we do at Carolina Performing Arts that has some connection to this commitment that did not seem contrived or fly-by night?”

Then in 2007, Kang went to a presentation by students involved in the Carolina Center for Public Service, which Blanchard leads. “I asked Lynn if there was any way that we could create a dedicated program that looks at the arts in public service. She thought it was a great idea,” Kang said. But the barriers that often exist for new ideas, including funding, were there.

In 2013, the perfect storm occurred. Weinel got involved, and seed money became available via The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create and support the Arts@TheCore program that puts the performing arts at UNC’s core. Shackelford agreed to create and teach a course as part of this new program. Service-Learning in America, offered through the American Studies Department, explores how the arts are tools of social change in our country. Course requirements include the students doing service hours in art organizations.

“We are approaching it as an historical overview and looking at a number of different movements,” said Shackelford. Movements since abolition are explored. The last three weeks of the course focus on Art and Social Change in North Carolina.. “We will look at Moral Monday and how North Carolina musicians have responded to this movement.”

Last year, a choir visited an American Studies classroom. “They talked about how their music is an expression of their faith, and started singing a hymn. Members of the choir and students started crying from the sheer beauty and power of the moment,” Shackelford said. “I had no idea of the religious convictions of the students, but it tied the entire room together in a way that no lecture could accomplish.”

Premed dancer

The 20 students who were accepted into the APSF had to first be Buckley Scholars, like Aditi Borde, a UNC junior chemistry major.

Like most of her fellow students, Borde does not intend to make her living in the art world. She chose to do her service hours with Carrboro’s nonprofit Art Therapy Institute..

“I thought volunteering with this group would relate back to my premed background and my interest in the arts.” said Borde, who is on a UNC dance team. “This has offered more connections in my life and opened my eyes to what is out there in ways to give back to the community.”

Though it took several years to happen, Kang is thrilled that this idea is now making its first ripples in the community.

“I like to think that we had to wait for the right set-up. We had to have Aaron and Katie here for it to work,” he said. “We see great potential.”

Fedders submits brief to N.C. Center for Safer Schools

FES Barb Fedders law school orientationUNC School of Law clinical assistant professor Barbara A. Fedders co-authored an issue brief submitted May 7 to the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools, a state program created in March 2013 that is currently seeking public comment on school safety issues. The brief, endorsed by 56 organizations in North Carolina and across the country, provides a comprehensive, research-based approach to the issue of school safety, according to Fedders.

Fedders developed the brief with attorneys from Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services project. She says they drafted the response out of concern that the school safety debate that has emerged after the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., is too narrowly focused on physical security. To better inform the debate, Fedders says the brief provides important and often-overlooked facts about school safety, recommendations for proven methods of ensuring student well-being, examples of reforms from other cities and states, and an extensive bibliography of literature on the issue.

Read more about Fedders in Carolina Law.

Public Service News 1/13/2014

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/. 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

1/19 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment
2/2 – Student applications for summer 2014 service-learning internships
2/3 – Community Engagement Fellowship applications
2/3 – Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
2/3 – Inaugural Sherpa Fellowship
2/9 – Outward Bound scholarship applications

INTERNSHIPS, fellowships & AWARDS

2/10 – National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
3/3 – Generous U contest
Undergraduate Travel Award
Latin America water systems spring internship
Apply for the Residency in Social Enterprise

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/24 – Annual Engagement Units Summit
1/25 – MLK Day of Service

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/21 – School volunteers needed
1/31 – Empower Durham middle school students
2/22 – Volunteers needed for early childhood conference
Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks male mentors
Teach basic computer skills
Horse leader and sidewalker volunteers needed
Basic computer teachers wanted
Boomerang volunteers needed for middle and high school youth
Carrboro Recreation & Parks seeks volunteer coaches
Domestic violence volunteers needed at Compass Center
Habitat ReStore welcomes volunteers

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/19 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment

The Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) program hosts its spring open enrollment Jan. 8 to Jan. 19. BPSS helps students make a positive impact through service and challenges participants to expand their understanding of service, connect academic and community-based experiences and build their capacity to help effect change. All undergraduate students with at least four semesters remaining at Carolina can enroll in BPSS online during the enrollment period through the Buckley Portfolio. When enrolling, students should sign up for an orientation session or make sure that they will be available for an orientation session the following semester. For questions, contact Buckley Public Service Scholars.

2/2 – Student applications for summer 2014 service-learning internships

APPLES Service-Learning is accepting student applications for summer 2014 service-learning internships through Feb. 2. APPLES internships are unique, intense experiences in service during the summer break where students intern at a variety of nonprofit and governmental agencies, receive $2,500 in funding and three hours of academic course credit. Apply online through the APPLES Partner Portal. To learn more about APPLES internships, visit APPLES Service-Learning Internships online.

2/3 – Community Engagement Fellowship applications

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) is accepting applications for the Community Engagement Fellowship program. A maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each are awarded in the spring to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Fellows work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with the identified topics or geographic areas, while fellows are responsible for the major planning and implementation of their projects. The fellowships run from March-October with seminar participation in the spring and fall and project implementation for most teams during the summer. Based on successful progress and needs, teams may be eligible to apply for a second year of funding. Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply with preference given to interdisciplinary teams of students. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 3. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

2/3 – HYATT Rotary PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

The Carolina Center for Public Service is also accepting applications for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. This award offers up to $3,000 to undergraduate and graduate students and provides support to develop local or international community-based projects during the summer of 2014. Applications are due Feb. 3 by 11:59 p.m. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

2/3 – INAUGURAL SHERPA FELLOWSHIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for the inaugural Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowships. This fellowship provides $1,250 to support undergraduate or graduate field study and engaged research in environmental areas, preferably abroad. Preference will be given to students in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program who are majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines. Applications are due Feb. 3 by 11:59 p.m. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

2/9 – Outward Bound scholarship applications

Each year, the Carolina Center for Public Service awards North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) scholarships to participants in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, Carolina Leadership Development and the School of Education. Recipients receive full tuition to a 28-day course at NCOBS and may choose from one of two course dates in early and late summer. For more information, visit the NCOBS scholarship page on the CCPS website or the NCOBS website. Applications for NCOBS are being accepted until Feb. 9. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Back to top

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

2/10 – NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards to outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs that are transforming the lives of young people. Programs that receive the award exemplify how arts and humanities programs outside of the regular school day enrich the lives of young people throughout the country by teaching new skills, nurturing creativity and building self-confidence. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by nonprofits and educational institutions, including universities, are encouraged to apply. Recipients receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony. For details, visit National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Application deadline is Feb. 10.

3/3 – Generous U Contest

The Generous U is a national contest open to all college and graduate students interested in making their campus more philanthropic. Students submit an essay and YouTube video for the chance to win a $10,000 first prize, and smaller runners-up prizes. Colleges must agree to handle the prize money which can be used to further the group’s work on campus, or as part of their charitable donation to their cause. For details, visit The Sillerman Center. Application deadline is March 3.

UNDERGRADUATE TRAVEL AWARD 

The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers awards up to $500 to UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students to defray travel costs to present research results or creative performance at a professional conference in their field. All currently enrolled undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students must submit the on-line application and a supporting statement from their faculty adviser. Requests for funding must be made prior to the conference date. Applications received by the 15th of each month will be reviewed prior to the end of the month. The faculty adviser statement should be delivered to Office of Undergraduate Research, Graham Memorial, room 220, Campus Box 2800.

LATIN AMERICA WATER SYSTEMS SPRING INTERNSHIP 

RTI International offers an unpaid, part-time, spring 2014 internship to promote decentralized waste-water management systems in Latin American developing countries to address public health and sanitation issues. The intern will establish high profile collaborative networks and expand outreach to Spanish speaking markets. For details, visit www.rti.org/interns.

Apply for the Residency in Social Enterprise 

Applications are being accepted for 2014-15 New Sector AmeriCorps Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program, an 11-month fellowship program for emerging leaders committed to careers in social impact. RISE fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants and serve in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit organizations while engaging in intensive professional development. For details, visit New Sector Alliance online. Back to top

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/24 – Annual Engagement Units Summit

The Carolina Engagement Council will host the Annual Engagement Units Summit, Partnerships: Telling (Y)OUR Story, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Centers, institutes, schools, departments and student organizations are encouraged to send teams of up to three participants. Summit goals are to share successful practices for cultivating, nurturing and managing campus and community partnerships; learn strategies for telling (y)our engagement story; and provide opportunity for networking with other campus engagement units. Register online by Jan. 24.

1/25 – MLK Day of Service

Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) will sponsor its 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Service Saturday, Jan. 25. This opportunity allows individuals and groups to participate in projects at various locations in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area and kicks off with a breakfast. To learn more about Carolina R.O.C.T.S. and to register for the event, visit Carolina R.O.C.T.S. online. Service project assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Back to top

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/21 - SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Volunteers & Partners needs volunteers one to two hours weekly for students in local schools. Stop by the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, room 3102 Jan. 14, 15, 16 or 21 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to sign up and make a difference. For details, visit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

1/31 – EMPOWER DURHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Join college students from UNC, North Carolina Central University, Duke University and North Carolina State University working collaboratively with Durham educators to challenge, inspire and empower middle school students to take ownership of their education. Student U teachers instruct their own academic class, lead a small reading group and design an elective course based on their interests. Teachers also earn a $2,500 stipend. To apply, visit Student U. Applications are due Jan. 31.

2/22 – Volunteers needed for early childhood conference

Child Care Services Association will host the 33rd annual Advancing Skills and Knowledge (ASK) conference for early childhood educators Saturday, Feb. 22 at East Chapel Hill High School. Volunteers are needed for the following shifts: parking from 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. (paid), registration from 7 – 8:30 a.m., marshals from 7 – 10:15 a.m. and clean-up from 2 – 4:30 p.m. Interested volunteers or groups should contact Allie Davis.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks male mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle (BBBST) is a community organization with a mission is to create strong, one-to-one, high-impact relationships by pairing children ages 6-14 with positive, adult mentors. BBBST has partnered with several Orange County schools and needs male mentors to support student referrals. Male volunteers interested in making a positive impact in the life of a child are needed immediately. If interested, contact Tracie Collins or call 919-850-9772.

Teach basic computer skills

Technology Without Borders is looking for mentors to teach basic technology skills such as Microsoft Word and Google search to low-income individuals in the Chapel Hill area in a one-on-one class held weekly for one hour. Programs are offered for children and adults. For details, contact Technology Without Boarders.

Horse Leader and Sidewalker Volunteers needed

The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC) offers the fun of horseback riding, along with its physical and psychological benefits, to children and adults with special needs. Volunteers are needed to help with the spring lesson session (February – May). Volunteers work directly with riders and horses in class; no experience necessary and training is provided. For more information, contact Katie Petnuch.

Basic computer teachers wanted

Thornton Library is looking for volunteer computer teachers to teach in a rural North Carolina county. Each class will have only five students and travel expenses may be covered. This opportunity offers valuable experience to list on a resume as well as a reference. For details, contact Mary Darden or call 919-693-1121, extension 203.

Boomerang volunteers needed for middle and high school youth

Boomerang engages disconnected youth and their community by providing a supportive alternative environment for out-of-school time. Patient volunteers are needed to provide youth supervision, act as mentors and provide one-on-one tutoring to middle and high school students. Volunteers are needed Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Help is especially needed 9 – 11 a.m. to assist with academics. For questions, contact Tamika Jones.

Carrboro Recreation & Parks seeks volunteer coaches

Carrboro Recreation & Parks seeks coaches for its girls volleyball teams and baseball teams. Coaches must exhibit the ability to organize practices and communicate effectively with youth, parents and recreation department staff. Volleyball girls are ages 10-13 and baseball players are ages 6-15. Volunteers must teach proper playing skills, fundamentals and sportsmanship, and provide an enjoyable atmosphere at practices and games. For additional information or to apply, contact the Carrboro Recreation & Park Department at 919-918-7376.

domestic violence volunteers needed at compass center

Compass Center seeks community educators, first response volunteers, domestic violence advocates and Spanish-Speaking interpreters/translators. Community educators educate the community about domestic violence and Compass Center services, man tables at events and give presentations to various professional, religious, student and community groups. First response volunteers provide domestic violence information and referral advice to individuals in need of Compass services and assist staff with various administrative tasks. Training for both volunteer opportunities is Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. For details, contact Linda Chamiec-Case at 919-968-4610 or resources@compassctr.org. Domestic violence advocates respond to calls on Compass’ 24-hour hotline and meet in office with survivors to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, court advocacy and community resource referrals. A 42-hour training is required (Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Feb.11). Contact Susan Friedman at 919-929-3872 or dvvolunteers@compassctr.org. Interpreters/translators translate outreach materials, client affidavits and website content, as well as provide interpreting for Spanish-speaking clients. A 10-hour training class is required. For more information, contact Claire Chu at 919-929-3872 or latinoadvocate@compassctr.org.

HABITAT RESTORE welcomes volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that feels like it was designed just for you? Look no further than the Habitat ReStore for one-time, short-term, individual and group volunteer opportunities in as little as two-hour shifts. Volunteers process donations, repurpose donations, arrange merchandise and assist customers. Visit ReStore’s volunteer website or email volunteer@restoredurhamorange.org to learn more about how to get started at Habitat ReStore. Back to top

CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.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, 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 from this list, send an email to listserv@unc.edu with the command “unsubscribe publicservice” in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank).

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Public Service News 1/6/2014

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/. 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

1/13 – Davis Projects for Peace Award
2/3 – Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
2/3 – Inaugural Sherpa Fellowship

INTERNSHIPS, fellowships & AWARDS

1/10 -Order of the Golden Fleece nominations
1/15 – White House Fellowship applications being accepted
2/10 – National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
3/3 – Generous U contest
Undergraduate Travel Award
Latin America water systems spring internship
Apply for the Residency in Social Enterprise

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/24 – Annual Engagement Units Summit

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/31 – Empower Durham middle school students
Boomerang volunteers needed for middle and high school youth
Carrboro Recreation & Parks seeks volunteer coaches
Domestic violence volunteers needed at Compass Center
Habitat ReStore welcomes volunteers

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/13 – Davis Projects for Peace Award

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for the 2014 Davis Projects for Peace Award. This $10,000 award is open to returning, full-time undergraduate students and provides support to develop local or international community-based projects during the summer of 2014. Applications are due Jan. 13 by 11:59 p.m. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

2/3 – HYATT Rotary PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

The Carolina Center for Public Service is also accepting applications for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. This award offers up to $3,000 to undergraduate and graduate students and provides support to develop local or international community-based projects during the summer of 2014. Applications are due Feb. 3 by 11:59 p.m. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

2/3 – INAUGURAL SHERPA FELLOWSHIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for the inaugural Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowships. This fellowship provides $1,250 to support undergraduate or graduate field study and engaged research in environmental areas, preferably abroad. Preference will be given to students in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program who are majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines. Applications are due Feb. 3 by 11:59 p.m. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

1/10 -Order of the Golden Fleece Nominations

The Order of the Golden Fleece at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accepting nominations of outstanding undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni who have made significant, lasting contributions to the University. Nomination forms are available online and will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10. For questions, contact the Active Order.

1/15 – White House Fellowship applications being accepted 

For more than 48 years, the White House Fellowship has been America’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. This nonpartisan program is designed to provide emerging leaders an opportunity to experience the process of governing the nation while working alongside public servants at the highest levels of the federal government. The White House Fellows Program is accepting applications online until Jan. 15 at 5:59 p.m. (EST). The 20-14-2015 fellowship year is Aug. 26, 2014 to Aug. 26, 2015. To learn more, visit White House FellowsFor questions, contact the White House Fellows Office at 202-395-4522. 

2/10 – NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS 

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards to outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs that are transforming the lives of young people. Programs that receive the award exemplify how arts and humanities programs outside of the regular school day enrich the lives of young people throughout the country by teaching new skills, nurturing creativity and building self-confidence. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by nonprofits and educational institutions, including universities, are encouraged to apply. Recipients receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony. For details, visit National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Application deadline is Feb. 10.

3/3 – Generous U Contest

The Generous U is a national contest open to all college and graduate students interested in making their campus more philanthropic. Students submit an essay and YouTube video for the chance to win a $10,000 first prize, and smaller runners-up prizes. Colleges must agree to handle the prize money which can be used to further the group’s work on campus, or as part of their charitable donation to their cause. For details, visit The Sillerman Center. Application deadline is March 3.

UNDERGRADUATE TRAVEL AWARD 

The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers awards up to $500 to UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students to defray travel costs to present research results or creative performance at a professional conference in their field. All currently enrolled undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students must submit the on-line application and a supporting statement from their faculty adviser. Requests for funding must be made prior to the conference date. Applications received by the 15th of each month will be reviewed prior to the end of the month. The faculty adviser statement should be delivered to Office of Undergraduate Research, Graham Memorial, room 220, CB# 2800.

LATIN AMERICA WATER SYSTEMS SPRING INTERNSHIP 

RTI International offers an unpaid, part-time, spring 2014 internship to promote decentralized waste-water management systems in Latin American developing countries to address public health and sanitation issues. The intern will establish high profile collaborative networks and expand outreach to Spanish speaking markets. For details, visit www.rti.org/interns.

Apply for the Residency in Social Enterprise 

Applications are being accepted for 2014-15 New Sector AmeriCorps Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program, an 11-month fellowship program for emerging leaders committed to careers in social impact. RISE fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants and serve in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit organizations while engaging in intensive professional development. For details, visit New Sector Alliance online.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/24 – Annual Engagement Units Summit

The Carolina Engagement Council will host the Annual Engagement Units Summit, Partnerships: Telling (Y)OUR Story, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Centers, institutes, schools, departments and student organizations are encouraged to send teams of up to three participants. Summit goals are to share successful practices for cultivating, nurturing and managing campus and community partnerships; learn strategies for telling (y)our engagement story; and provide opportunity for networking with other campus engagement units. Register online by Jan. 24.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/31 – Empower Durham middle school students

Join college students from UNC, North Carolina Central University, Duke University and North Carolina State University working collaboratively with Durham educators to challenge, inspire and empower middle school students to take ownership of their education. Student U teachers instruct their own academic class, lead a small reading group and design an elective course based on their interests. Teachers also earn a $2,500 stipend. To apply, visit Student U. Applications are due Jan. 31.

Boomerang volunteers needed for middle and high school youth

Boomerang engages disconnected youth and their community by providing a supportive alternative environment for out-of-school time. Patient volunteers are needed to provide youth supervision, act as mentors and provide one-on-one tutoring to middle and high school students. Volunteers are needed Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Help is especially needed 9 – 11 a.m. to assist with academics. For questions, contact Tamika Jones.

Carrboro Recreation & Parks seeks volunteer coaches

Carrboro Recreation & Parks seeks coaches for its girls volleyball teams and baseball teams. Coaches must exhibit the ability to organize practices and communicate effectively with youth, parents and recreation department staff. Volleyball girls are ages 10-13 and baseball players are ages 6-15. Volunteers must teach proper playing skills, fundamentals and sportsmanship, and provide an enjoyable atmosphere at practices and games. For additional information or to apply, contact the Carrboro Recreation & Park Department at 919-918-7376.

domestic violence volunteers needed at compass center

Compass Center seeks community educators, first response volunteers, domestic violence advocates and Spanish-Speaking interpreters/translators. Community educators educate the community about domestic violence and Compass Center services, man tables at events and give presentations to various professional, religious, student and community groups. First response volunteers provide domestic violence information and referral advice to individuals in need of Compass services and assist staff with various administrative tasks. Training for both volunteer opportunities is Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. For details, contact Linda Chamiec-Case at 919-968-4610 or resources@compassctr.org. Domestic violence advocates respond to calls on Compass’ 24-hour hotline and meet in office with survivors to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, court advocacy and community resource referrals. A 42-hour training is required (Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Feb.11). Contact Susan Friedman at 919-929-3872 or dvvolunteers@compassctr.org. Interpreters/translators translate outreach materials, client affidavits and website content, as well as provide interpreting for Spanish-speaking clients. A 10-hour training class is required. For more information, contact Claire Chu at 919-929-3872 or latinoadvocate@compassctr.org.

HABITAT RESTORE welcomes volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that feels like it was designed just for you? Look no further than the Habitat ReStore for one-time, short-term, individual and group volunteer opportunities in as little as two-hour shifts. Volunteers process donations, repurpose donations, arrange merchandise and assist customers. Visit ReStore’s volunteer website or email volunteer@restoredurhamorange.org to learn more about how to get started at Habitat ReStore.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.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, 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 from this list, send an email to listserv@unc.edu with the command “unsubscribe publicservice” in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank).

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Students address community issues through popular service-learning course

By Nicole Beatty ’15

Pozefsky - s-l course Braille SquadUNC 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 community organizations. One service-learning course in particular is in high demand: not only by students but by organizations in the community as well.

During the fall semester, 39 UNC students experienced service-learning in a unique way under the instruction of Dr. Diane Pozefsky. Students in COMP 523, Software Engineering Lab, created software for real-life problems, meeting the needs of clients in the community. To accomplish this, students had to understand the users’ needs and then design an appropriate system for each client.

“The most challenging parts of the course were that students learned new systems on their own and dealt with the problems of designing and implementing a system that has not been vetted to avoid problems,” said Pozefsky.

Throughout the semester, students worked on 12 different projects including one with MyHealthEd where students created an online sexual education course for the organization. MyHealthEd offers online courses to students in North Carolina’s rural areas where school districts are not always able to hire qualified teachers. Students also worked with Braille Squad, led by Diane Brauner, an orientation and mobility teacher for visually impaired children. Here students built an application to teach blind children how to use a refreshable Braille display, which aids them in typing, reading and learning braille on a computer. Unlike other courses, Pozefsky says she never knows what problems the class will encounter while working on projects with clients.

“I had a team working with a refreshable Braille display attached to an iPad, and they tried to use specific features that the client, who works with this device regularly, had never seen used before,” she said. “Not surprisingly, they ran into some technical issues.”

The class worked on a testing project for Tar Heel Reader, created by UNC’s Dr. Gary Bishop, a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar. Bishop developed a website dedicated to helping people learn to read. While the website was originally designed for teens and adults who never learned to read due to disabilities or lack of opportunity, it is now also used to assist people wanting to learn English. The student team assigned to this project created a way for Bishop to automatically test changes in the program before introducing them to the program users.

COMP 523 has come a long way since its inception almost 50 years ago. Dr. Frederick Brooks, founder of the Department of Computer Science, created the course. While working at IBM he was challenged by the company’s CEO to understand what made managing software hard. Brooks developed the book “Mythical Man-Month” and the COMP 523 course in response to his inquiry. Pozefsky took this course from Brooks when she was a graduate student and after working at IBM for 25 years, returned to UNC to teach. Pozefsky has been the course instructor for 10 years and has found that her industrial background made COMP 523 a natural course for her to teach.

Taught by Pozefsky in the fall and Professor David Stotts in the spring, this service-learning course offers a unique learning experience for students, so it’s no surprise that it is in high demand. Pozefsky says she typically has three times as many project proposals than the course can support. To make the course feasible for instructors to teach, class size is capped at 40 students per semester.

“As our department has grown and requests from clients have grown, it no longer was possible to contain it to a single semester,” Pozefsky said. “There is a huge demand for the course.”

With this course having been taught in the computer science department for almost 50 years and a service-learning course since 2010, it is a good example of how learning in the classroom blends with real-life application in the community.

 

Through service, Palestine Small changes her own life

IMG_0909Working with local community organizations, December graduate Palestine Small, who graduated from the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program, spent her time at Carolina in service to others. Like many Carolina students, Small has a deep desire to serve, but her motivation comes from a need to help those walking a path she is all too familiar with. Small, a 47-year-old sociology major, worked with a specific purpose to fulfill a commitment to change her life and make something of herself.

“I went through 31 years of hate, “said Small. “I was raised in foster care, introduced to drugs and alcohol through a family member, suffered from family abuse, incest and rape and spent time in prison. Then one day I went into rehab and someone said to me ‘I want you to change your life. You don’t have to come back to this.’”

That day was September 12, 2006. Since then, Small has completed the drug rehabilitation program at TROSA in Durham and taken classes at Durham Technical Community College. After coming to UNC as a transfer student through the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP), Small found the Buckley Public Service Scholars program where she could learn about various types of service as a framework for how she hoped to connect with organizations to help those struggling with the same issues she faced.

“Throughout the path of rediscovering myself, I found that I have a yearning to help people,” Small said. “I am supposed to help by sharing my lifestyle and letting people know they can help themselves, too.

“I chose the Buckley Public Service Scholars program as a way to give back to the community and as a way to connect to self-help organizations and help those in need. I have been where they are and I know the way out.”

Palestine Small - BPSS Graduation 13 020Now that she has graduated, Small plans to continue on her path in service to others. She intends to apply to divinity school, then go to law school with a goal of bringing together the two disciplines to impact the juvenile justice system.

Reflecting on where she was and how far she has come, Small said, “I had two people in my life who saw something in me, who believed in me. I wanted to be that person they saw. I could not let them down.”

“I am grateful for what the BPSS program has done for me – it helped me make connections in the community to help people and let them know change is possible.”

 

Watch this short video of Palestine Small telling her story and talking about her experience as a Buckley Scholar.

Read more about Palestine Small in Carolina Connections and UNC’s Central Development Office’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity’s Celebrating Carolina’s Diversity, a bi-annual electronic newsletter. 

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).

Ammerman recently heard from Cate Parker, her former student in Nutrition 245, “Sustainable, Local Foods and Public Health.” The course, co-developed and co-taught by Ammerman and Molly De Marco, PhD, research fellow and project director at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, which Ammerman directs, was offered through the Carolina Center for Public Service’s APPLES Service-Learning program.

Parker, who earned a double major in global studies and geography at UNC, is now program director for Manna Project International, a holistic community development nonprofit organization based near Quito, Ecuador.

Parker’s work, focused on preventive health, includes teaching four nutrition classes to 145 sixth- and tenth-graders – challenging work, she says, that she “absolutely loves.” She wrote to Ammerman and De Marco to let them know how she was sharing with her students the knowledge she acquired from her UNC coursework.

“I really enjoyed your class,” Parker wrote, “and just wanted you to know how far the information has spread.”

There is no standard nutrition curriculum in Ecuador, Parker said, so her class is likely the only nutrition education the children receive.

“Previously, the class had been taught using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s somewhat outdated food pyramid models,” Parker said. “We gave a quiz at the beginning of the semester, and it was shocking to learn how skewed these kids’ nutritional beliefs are – especially in a country with such an abundance of fresh and healthy food.”

Parker redesigned the curriculum, basing it on the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate and the work she had done in Nutrition 245.

She and fellow students had used the Healthy Eating Plate concept to develop a class presentation for employees of Weaver Street Market, a cooperative grocery in Carrboro, N.C., that sells local, sustainable foods.

“The employees of the market tend to have varying degrees of knowledge about nutrition,” Parker said. “Our presentation allowed them to learn some new information and become better able to educate their customers.”

In her classroom in Ecuador, Parker teaches the basics of the Healthy Eating Plate (whole grains, healthy proteins, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and water) and then covers topics such as the importance of learning about nutrition as a young person, the value of learning to cook, the connection between food and the environment, and ways to make healthier substitutions for traditional ingredients in Ecuadorian recipes.

“It is always heartwarming to hear about the good things our students are doing with the knowledge they gained from our courses,” Ammerman said. “We’re proud of all Cate is accomplishing in her classroom.”

Posted from the Gillings School of Global Public Health