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APPLES recognizes 2014 service-learning award recipients

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

Early action can help with autism

Autism Researcher, Linda R. Watson By Linda R. Watson One in 68 children show symptoms of autism spectrum disorder by the time they reach 8 years of age, according to statistics released last week by Centers for Disease Control. The meaning of these nu …

UNC students, faculty, staff and organizations honored with public service awards

    Neighborhood engagement, promoting health literacy in the Latino community and expanding interpersonal violence prevention at UNC are some of the projects the University will recognize with 2014 Public Service Awards. Eleven individuals a …

Senior gives to support service

Katelyn Blanchard Major: Environmental Science Hometown: Hobbsville, N.C. Gift: I gave my senior campaign gift to the Carolina Center for Public Service. I think it’s really important for people to learn through service. Service gives a whole new persp …

Spring Break Service Reflections

  Carolina junior Sarah Lamb spent her spring break in Robeson County, straightening shelves at a thrift store, helping at a community fundraiser and packaging and freezing dozens of cases of fresh chicken for a food pantry. While other students w …

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

UNC 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 …

Students address community issues through popular service-learning course

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

Through service, Palestine Small changes her own life

Working 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 …

Alternative fall break engages with Latino communities

During fall break, the learning did not stop for the group of UNC students participating in APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Fall Break (AFB). Students spent four days serving in Central and Eastern North Carolina exploring topics related to …

Bryan Fellowship boosts Launch success

In the fall of 2012, Abby Dennison ’16 and her team never would have guessed how much their idea would develop in a one-year period. Launch, created by Dennison and her teammates Manhas Narra and Frank Wu, is a student organization that helps college-a …

First-Year Service Corps deepens students’ experiences

Early into their career as Tar Heels, a group of selected first-year students have an opportunity to come together to participate in activities that deepen their academic and practical experience in public service. The First-Year Service Corps (FYSC), …

SMART Mentoring kicks off with mentor/mentee pairing

Pairing UNC students with area youth for positive mentoring experiences is what SMART Mentoring is all about. Recently, 24 UNC students participating in the SMART Mentoring program, part of the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, met their mentees …

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

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

Outward Bound participants learn about compassion in service

Since coming to Carolina, Clement Gurrey ’15 has focused his efforts on service in one form or another. As a North Carolina Outward Bound School scholarship recipient, Gurrey spent 28 days this summer on-course and learned first-hand how important comp …

Saarah Abdul-Rauf: VISTA Profile

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

Healthy Girls Save the World continues impact

When Camille McGirt received a Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship to start Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW), she knew that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of young girls, but she had no idea how many lives she would impact. No …

Musical Empowerment serves local kids through music

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

APPLES intern aims to relieve hunger through Local Farmer’s Market donations

By Karen Obando ‘13 This spring, the APPLES Service-Learning program continues toconnect UNC students with local community organizations through its internship program. Ayla Pettry ‘13 is currently serving as an APPLES spring intern at Farmer Foodshare …

Service-Learning Initiative connects first-years with Carolina community

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

Students connect with the community during alternative winter break

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

Buckley Public Service Scholar Alex Borgen turns service work into a career

Alex Borgen’s work with Nourish International began during his junior year at Carolina and is taking him on a career path helping to combat poverty worldwide. The 2012 graduate and Buckley Public Service Scholar snagged an internship with Nourish Inter …

Engaged faculty addresses identified needs

Richard Goldberg, a Faculty Engaged Scholar and research associate professor in biomedical engineering, connects his classroom teaching to the community in a meaningful way. He teaches a senior design class in which undergraduate students develop custo …

Outward Bound deepens service experiences

Not many people would choose to spend 28 days of their summer in the wilderness of North Carolina, but Luis Rios ’14 is not like everyone else. With the support of the Thomas James Outward Bound Scholarship Endowment, Rios and 12 other North Carolina O …

Buckley Public Service Scholar Wes Wollard immersed in service

Supporting students as they explore service beyond the scope of traditional volunteerism is a core component of the Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) program, which provides a framework for undergraduates to maintain and strengthen their commitment to service. Buckley Scholar Wes Wollard ’12 …

CBPR Core receives Office of the Provost Public Service Award

As the nation’s first public university, Carolina has a long tradition of service to the state of North Carolina. Through the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service and the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award, the University proudly recognizes …

SMART Mentoring builds relationships

When it comes to building a strong relationship and teaching useful skills, bicycling seems to have worked its magic with SMART mentor, Patrick Mateer ‘15, and his mentee. SMART Mentoring, a program developed by Volunteers for Youth, a local community …

Healthy Girls Save the World Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship

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

Faculty Engaged Scholar Patricia Garrett-Peters helps refugee children

With a passion for helping a vulnerable refugee population, Faculty Engaged Scholar Dr. Patricia Garrett-Peters, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and scientist with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has …

BPSS Graduate Student Facilitator Jason Mose interacts through trainings

Faculty members and community agencies are often involved in the public service of undergraduate students, but the Buckley Public Service Scholars program has developed a distinctive way to connect graduate students in undergraduates’ efforts. Jason Mose, a Ph.D. student in …

APPLES Service-learning course increases students’ Spanish fluency

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

APPLES alumnus invites young alumni to accept Holsenbeck Challenge

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

Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowship enables grad student to address community need

Engaged research can be an inspiring experience for graduate students, and the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowship offers the opportunity for that work to become a reality for graduate students. 2010 Bryan Fellow Leah Gordon, a second-year master …

Faculty Engaged Schoalr Ashley Lucas talks about Razor Wire Women

Ashley Lucas keeps thinking about certain people holding her new book for the first time — incarcerated women and their families. That’s because it’s their book, too, filled with their artwork, poems and brutally honest essays about life behind prison …

Impacting peace with cross-cultural communication

One student, with enough motivation and desire to spur change, can impact hundreds of others. Yu Zhou, a junior international student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was able to take both qualities and leverage his ability to create …

Buckley Public Service Scholar participant Courtney Sanford named Innovation Scholar

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