National service-learning expert visits Wednesday

The newly created Office of Service Learning, established by President Ribeau this fall as part of the Organizing for Engagement Initiative, kicks off its efforts Wednesday (Nov. 8) with a visit to campus by one of the preeminent scholars in the field, Dr. Barbara Holland, director of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse.

The faculty is invited to a workshop with Holland from 3:30-5:30 p.m. that day in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Holland will also meet with deans, key administrators and faculty, and the President’s Committee on Service Learning during her day on campus.

In addition to serving as director of the national clearinghouse, which is federally funded by the Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Holland has several faculty appointments in the United States and Australia. She is a frequent speaker and prolific author on community-based student learning and the co-author of the national Campus Compact’s recent 20th- anniversary document looking toward the next 20 years in service learning.

The clearinghouse is a “great resource for best practices, fact sheets and publications, in addition to containing a huge online library,” said Dr. Jane Rosser, organizer of the event. Rosser began as director of the service learning office Sept. 1 and has a joint appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences and the provost’s office.

Formerly of Partnerships for Community Action and Wood County Corps, she is also a member of the service learning committee, which is chaired by Dr. Bob Midden, director of the Chapman Community and Partners in Context and Community.

Charged by the president in May 2005, the committee has recently submitted its recommendations for formalizing a definition of service learning for BGSU and incorporating service learning into coursework across campus, particularly in BGeXperience and BG Perspective classes.

The new Office of Service Learning is located in 309A University Hall. For more information on Holland’s visit, call Rosser at 2-9288.

November 6, 2006