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WSC Service-Learning Receives Social Media Grant Funding

Published: 4-20-2010 10:35 am

Wayne State College recently received $5,000 from the Students Beyond Boundaries (SBB) Social Media grant to fund Service-Learning project/events. WSC is one of 27 member institutions that form The Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education, and one of 10 universities/colleges to receive SBB grant funds within the consortium.

The SBB project, supported by a grant from Learn and Serve America is designed to encourage college students to use social media tools such as Facebook, Ning, Blogger, Flickr, YouTube, Wet Paint and Twitter to support Service-Learning projects in their communities.  Students will use social media to collaborate with community partners, assess needs and develop service-learning projects to meet those needs while supporting students' educational goals.

Dr. Jean Karlen, Service-Learning Campus Coordinator stated, "We are very happy that WSC will be able to continue to serve our community members while providing enhanced student learning. It is particularly exciting to implement new technologies necessary in an ever-growing global society, while still in pursuit of the larger goal of service."

In addition to the grant award, WSC Service-Learning Specialist Lisa Nelson won election to a three-year term on the steering committee for the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education.

Karlen and Nelson encourage WSC faculty and students to apply for funds, noting that now is a great time to start planning a project/event for the fall semester.

Please view the newly updated Service-Learning Web page at  for more information, or contact Nelson at or 402-375-7182 to learn more about available funding.


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