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Wayne State College Awarded Grant for Service Learning


The Service-Learning Midwest Consortium in Higher Education office will award Wayne State College $750 for a grant through the Students Beyond Boundaries program.


Anne Tucker, an adjunct faculty member in Education and Counseling, wrote the grant proposal and Lisa Nelson WSC Service-Learning Specialist submitted the application for her.


"The award is part of a much larger grant called Students Beyond Boundaries an innovative program that encourages the use of social media as a tool for incorporating Service-Learning into a course,'' Nelson said. "This is the first proposal submitted from WSC and awarded."


Tucker's project, "Deeper Roots: Personal Growth Tools," will include students in the CSL 218 - Personal Growth and Development class.


"Students will be using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Ning and other sites like Flikr, YouTube and iTunes to provide service-learning,'' Tucker said. "The materials studied in class will be turned into tools for support, ideas, personal stories and resources for others across the world using networking sites. To provide solid resources, students will be creating podcasts, role-play videos, interviews and digital images to upload to the net."


Grant money will assist in purchasing an iPod and microphone adapter, FlipVideo camera, digital camera and various other items.


Following the completion of this class, the materials will be used by the counseling organization on campus to create a Website to connect graduates and current students looking for internships.


Service-Learning grants at WSC are part of a grant from the Midwest Consortium for Service-learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE) made possible through the Corporation for National Service under the Learn and Serve America: Higher Education grant program.


South Dakota State University (SDSU), a member institution, is partnering with the Consortium to implement the Students Beyond Boundaries initiative. SDSU and the Consortium will administer the total funds requested: $450,000; 72 percent of which will be given out in subgrants to students and community partners.


For more information, please contact Lisa Nelson at or (402) 375-7182.


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