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ART 100/315 Arts Walk-Piece Arch
Nine sections of Art 100 and two sections of Art 315 (450+ students) and four Art Instructors(Pearl Hansen, Judith Berry, Marlene Mueller, and Steve Haas) worked on a large community art structure incorporating 480- 6-foot 1”x 2 wood sticks each individually painted to create a “Piece Arch”.  The project was the creative idea of Professor Hansen and really helped the students to feel they were “part” of something lasting and inspiring in the community.  The artwork received press in area and campus newspapers, and on KMEG the Sioux City, Iowa Television station.  Professor Hansen plans to use the art pieces to construct a new sculpture form in the future. (Professor Steven Elliott also helped with the installation of the piece).  T-shirts were designed to commemorate the unique interactive artwork.


ART 204-Digital Imaging for Graphic Design

New faculty member Pamela Fiedler and students enrolled in ART 204 (Digital Imagining) worked to restore historic photos for the Northeast Nebraska Public Power District. In addition to restoring photos using classroom techniques and programming, the students gave a presentation to the community partners about the restoration process. Community partner Mark Schults, General Manger also visited the classroom to critique the students work.

The restored photos will be exhibited on the walls of the new Northeast NE Public Power building, serving as both a visual record and artwork. The Service-Learning grant provided funds in part for the professional matting and framing of the restored photos with matching funds provided by the community partner.


To see the project in the works, click here.

Click here to see Spring 2011 results.



ART 314- K-8 Art Curriculum
Community partner, Rainbow World Childcare Center asked S-L at WSC for help creating a vivid and inviting environment for the children in their new building edition. Dr. Pearl Hansen and students enrolled in ART 314 partnered with Rainbow World to develop murals for the completely bare walls and developmental curriculum for the children.  The theme ‘Rainbow  World Wonders’ was used to created the mural and curriculum package, and included geography, history, wildlife, and cultural elements as part of the creative and educational process.  The community partner’s comments, “Pearl and her students have had to do tons of research on this project and have taken it to another level, way beyond my expectations.  Needless to say the kids love it too!  Stop by and see their work sometime.


ART 315 Creative Process & ART 325 Watercolor – Wayne Alley Mural Project
Due to the local Highway 15 construction Wayne Main Street business owners and customers will be forced to use alley entrances. The mural project will add an aesthetic quality and attract people to the downtown area during the road work. Students in Dr. Pearl Hansen’s art classes have been very busy designing mural sections, and developing curriculum for K-8 teachers. Some of the murals will feature artwork created from students attending Wayne Community Schools. WSC Professor Don Buryanek and Industrial Technology Club members will also be assisting in the creation of the murals.  Painting is presently underway an unveiling reception is scheduled for April 29th.


ART 316 Secondary School Art
This project called “316’s, EVEN”, is a traveling art display project for public places such as the Wayne Community Schools, other sites within the Wayne community, the Sunset Plaza in Norfolk and other locations.  The idea for the project evolved from having left over glass from another project which led to brainstorming for ways to recycle the material.  Using the works of Marcel Duchamp, the decision was made to use the glass to create a group installation piece (each student made a piece as part of the whole).  The class and the community partners involved will be displaying the finished works.


ART 351 Pottery and Ceramics II

This year,  three students  made ceramic bowls for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser in Sioux City, Iowa.  Empty Bowls is a dinner and silent auction that uses the proceeds to benefit the Food Bank.   The Food Bank delivers food to nearly 150 food pantries and feeding programs for the needy in a 16 county, tri-state area. 


On February 11, 2011, guests at Empty Bowls will be served dinner, have the opportunity to take part in a silent auction and each person will take home a hand crafted bowl.  The empty bowl is a symbol to remind us that there are those that are far less fortunate than we are, those that go hungry without the support of programs like this.


ART 371/471- Sculpture II and Advanced Problems in Sculpture
Professor Steven Elliott and students from two difference sculpture courses are working on a service-learning project for Wayne State College.  The project is a relief sculpture that will add aesthetic value to a gate for a storage facility on campus. The final project will be assessed on structural integrity, security, and visual design.  Students not only worked on the welding and creation of the sculpture using course skills they were also active writers of the sub-grant and campus collaboration. The sculpture completion deadline is set for the fall of 2008 where it will become community art as well as function as a gate.


ART 402-Graphic design and Art Club (continuation of ART 371/471 project)
Students enrolled in ART 402 and active member of Art Club continued to work with Professor Elliott on the WSC Gate Sculpture project. The Gate sculpture began in the spring 08 semester with students creating the sculpture for the gates that will enclose a storage facility on campus. Fall 08 students worked on panel installation designs and hinges, the gate is now completely finished and awaiting the campus carpenters for the attachment to the building. We look forward to the unveiling.  Professor Elliott presented a poster of the Gate Sculpture project at a fall Service-Learning conference held at South Dakota State University.




BIO 110 Biology Concepts
Professors Hammer, Pearcy, Hayford, and Zink took 170 students on a field trip to Ponca State Park.  Students spent half of their daylong excursion learning about “the ecology of the park and environmental issues related to the Missouri River.”  Several park officials facilitated the learning with presentations.  The second half of the day the students  helped to serve the park by staining and weatherproofing park campground structures, a job that was much needed and required many hands.  Both students and the community partner expressed that they enjoyed “a great day” with hopes for continuing this type of experience in the future.


BIO 145- Environmental Studies
A small group of students under the direction of Dr. Barbara Hayford provided the campus and community with awareness brochures on smart pharmaceutical disposal procedures.  The brochures and posters informed the readers about the possible hazards of pharmaceuticals in our ecosystem and provided safe disposal solutions. The brochures and posters will also be used in an upcoming Smart Pharmaceutical Disposal event sponsored by the WSC Drug Committee in April 2009.


BIO 301- Biological Monitoring
Dr. Barbara Hayford and her students worked with three classes of third grade students from the Wayne Elementary School to assess the water quality at an area Isaak Walton League Lake (IKES Lake).  The students measured conductivity, pH, and over fifteen macro invertebrates.  Over seventy people were in attendance at the event and received television coverage from the Sioux City station KMEG Channel 4.  Elementary students worked with the college student to make the assessments and identifications and provide the community and lake care takers with much needed information. A 55 page report is available upon request if you ever have any questions. 




BUS 308 Strategic Communications- BUS 466 Labor Law and BUS 620 Managerial Communications
McCorkindale School Project
Students enrolled in one of Professor Laura Dendingers courses worked with officials of the School of Education and Counseling department to develop a publicity and communication plan for the reopening of an authentic one-room schoolhouse that is on site of the Wayne State College campus.  The school will be open for public tours and for the living history day that area fourth grade students participate in. The students produced a DVD, brochure, newsletter, and 15 fund-raising campaign ideas to help get the school reopening process started. Professor Dendinger is an experienced service-learning educator and is well known for the service she and her students have provided in area communities.


BUS 308 Strategic Communications
Professor Dendinger and her three Strategic Communications classes are working with the Wakefield Depot project.  Students in these classes are helping develop fundraising letters, archiving antique pictures, developing presentation materials and publicity event pieces.


BUS 308- BUS 620 - LaPorte Cemetery Project
Students in the Managerial Communications and Strategic Communications classes taught by Dr. Laura Barelman, supplied fundraising ideas, historical research, and expanded the LaPorte Cemetery website. A manual on the preservation of rural pioneer cemeteries, a five-part radio piece on the LaPorte Cemetery, grant writing, and publicity were also provided by the students and agencies in an effort to recognize the site as a historical landmark. WSC staff member Steve Gross also worked with the students on the project. In addition, Biology Professor Mark Hammer performed a controlled burn at the sight to help restore the native ecology.


BUS 466 Labor Law
Dr. Barleman’s Labor Law students provided research for Haven House and Rainbow World regarding various personnel and agency policies for continued training and implementation.


BUS 620 Managerial Communications
Students in this course are working on a project for the New American Center.  They are helping develop a logs, and publicity pieces.  They are also assisting with the coordination of the center’s open house and other projects.


Computer Information Systems


CIS 480 Computer Information Systems and CSC 480 Computer Science
Website Development
Twenty-six students enrolled in Professor Tim Garvin’s courses worked as teams developing/ redesigning a webpage for the Wayne Area Economic Development (WAEDI) office.  The students worked closely with the community partner in a client type relationship to define specific needs and future goals.  Each team presented their final site to the community partner for evaluation.  The WAEDI office had the opportunity to pick and chose what they liked best from each presentation.  The project provided an excellent opportunity for a close student and community relationship to develop.



Criminal Justice


CJA 444 Topics: Emergency Management
Dr. Karsky and 35 of his students organized and planned emergency management activities for Northeast Nebraska.  On November 8, Gary Brown, Director of the Woodbury County Disaster Services, in the Student Center about multi-community emergency responses and the 1989 Flight 232 plane crash in Sioux City, Iowa.  This portion of the program was open to the public. The class also organized a mock multi-community emergency response drill.  Students from Dr. Bertolas’ Hazards and Disasters course also participated.  The students in the course were responsible for all aspects of the planning for this Service-Learning project.  In addition, Dr. Karsky and five students presented their findings and reflections about their experience at the Midwest Sociological Society Convention in Omaha in March 2006.


CJA 460- Emergency Management
Dr. Jason Karsky and students from the Emergency Management course organized and developed Keynote/Round table discussion and presentation for the Nebraska Educational Office Professionals Association (NEOPA) held on October 17, 2008 on the WSC campus. Student speakers introduced the professionals to emergency management basics, their roles within the office setting, and scenarios to aid with planning and media.  Over 55 professionals attended and each individual was given an emergency preparedness bag to take back to their offices.  In addition, the students created a DVD for easy review of the scenarios after the workshop.  Please contact Dr. Karsky if you are interested in reviewing any of the power points or the DVD.


CJA 460- Post Virginia Tech- Testing Wayne State College’s Emergency Notification Technology
Professor Jason Karsky and students from his Emergency Management class organized and planned a ‘mock’ emergency scenario to test the college preparations for possible hostile hostage situations (similar to the tragic events that happened at Virginia Tech).   The scenario unfolds as a agitated student brandishing a (toy) gun holds classmates hostage.  Students in the class use text messaging to try and alert campus security.  Later, adjacent classroom students see the gunman and call 911. The mock drill took place after school hours on December 4th.  Sioux City Television Station KTIV cover the drill and posted the scenario situation on their website.


CJA 460 Emergency Management Catastrophe in the Heartland: Testing Regional Readiness for a Chemical Calamity
In April 2007, 28 students enrolled in Dr. Jason Karsky’s Emergency Management class conducted a mock emergency drill that included a simulated plane crash explosion into a fertilizer storage area.  The drill included several local emergency responders- such as the Red Cross, Fire and Rescue squads, Providence Hospital, Wayne Police and Sheriff Departments, County Emergency Manger, and a moulage expert.  The mock training gave students and responders an excellent opportunity to practice their skills and help assess the level of preparedness in the county should a true emergency occur.  Dr. Karsky also produced a DVD from the service exercise. The mock emergency drill received public television coverage from Channel 4 in Sioux City, IA. (KTIV).


CJA 460- Emergency Management

Dr. Karsky's EM class staged another mock emergency in Fall 2009. From that a couple of local students were able to put together a very impressive public service announcement.


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Communication Arts


CNA 220, 320,420 Radio Workshop   The 24-Hour Remote for the Humane Society
Dr. Mike Marek and 16 students who participate in the campus radio workshop raised much needed funds for the Northeast Nebraska Humane Society.  The students organized and conducted a 24-Hour live broadcast at several area business- encouraged citizens to donate and practiced their radio broadcasting skills while campaigning. According to Professor Marek, it was a “win-win situation”.


CNA 220, 420, 477 Television Workshop and Remote Television Production
Poetry Festival and Ecology Public Service Announcements
Students enrolled in Professor Maureen Carrigg’s television courses worked with a variety of community partners developing Public Service Announcements (PSA) used for Earth Day celebrations and in addition, produced a commercial for a campus/community Poetry Festival.  Carrigg’s students worked with Wayne Middle School students who were learning about the local ecology and also with community and regionally recognized poets to produce the PSA”s and commercials.  Professor Carrigg also had a senior student who worked on an independent study project to produce an educational documentary about homosexual students, often a misunderstood topic.


CNA 346 Organizational Communications I

During the first part of the semester, students study various concepts centered on the processes of emotion in the workplace. Then the class is divided into five teams. Each team of three or four students interviews a different organization about one of the emotional processes we learned in class. First, they do a review of literature to gain more information about the concept. Second, they develop a list of questions to ask members of the organization regarding the concept under investigation. Possible concepts include:

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Suggests that some people are better at understanding and managing emotional content in the workplace.
  2. Emotional labor: Jobs in which workers are expected to display certain feelings in order to staisfy organizational role expectations.
  3. Burnout: A chronic condition that results as day-to-day work stressors take their toll on an employee.
  4. Emotions in organizations: The study of various emotions in an organization. This can have several facets.
  5. Bounded Emotionality: Mumby and Putnam's conceptual frame that places emotions as a central focus on the understanding of organizational life.

Each group does a research paper and presents their findings in a class presentation. Click here to see the fall 2010 class and their organizations.

Human Service Counseling


CSL 202- Introduction to Human Service Counseling and Leadership and Diversity Conference
Several WSC students and Dr. Keith Willis designed and coordinated a diversity awareness program in conjunction with a regional conference during the month of March 2008.  Students facilitated dialogue discussions about ‘traditions’ and collected these stories from a varying range of sixteen courses and approximately 300 students. Stories were then reviewed and selected to be used in a pamphlet of diversity.  Participants received a pin illustrating several puzzle pieces and how they fit together to make a whole. In addition, to the diversity project, students enrolled in CSL 202 complete approximately 20 hours of service in placements at counseling centers and agencies in nearby areas. WSC students honed their counseling skills providing service for 13 community partners in the spring semester.




EDU 409 and ENG 443 Special Methods & Young Adult Literature
Language Arts Festival
Professor Janet Gilligan, Interim Instructor Cheryl Meier, and 20 WSC students organized the Language Arts event, evaluated K-12 student submitted writings, and provided interactive workshops for area youth in grades seven through twelve who attended the Language Arts Festival held on April 19th.  The Language Arts Festival gives regional K-12 students and community members an occasion to share their interests in writing, reading, poetry, and friendly competition.  Area youth submitted stories or poems, received awards for their participation in the competition, and received a personal copy of the anthology.  WSC students were instrumental in providing assessment guidance and encouragement to the youth. Approximately 60 students, teachers, and parents from nine schools attended the festival.  WSC student reflections upon completion of the project noted consistently how rewarding their experience with K-12 students had been and how clear the service aspect of teaching became as a result of their experience with the service-learning project. 


EDU 409 Special Methods in English & EDU 443 Young Adult Literature
Language Arts Festival
Professor Janet Gilligan and students enrolled in Special Methods in English and Young Adult Literate organized, assessed writing, and provided interactive workshops for area youth in grades seven through twelve at the Language Arts Festival held March 31st through April 1st.  The festival was held in conjunction with the WillyCon Fantasy and Science Fiction Conference.  The Language Arts Festival gives students and community members an occasion to share their interests in writing, reading, poetry, and a chance at friendly competition.  Area youth who submitted stories or poems received awards for their participation in the competition.  WSC students were instrumental in providing assessment guidance and encouragement to the youth. Over 75 students, teachers, and parents from 15 schools attended the festival.


EDU 423 & EDU 217- Developmental Social Studies & Diverse Family Systems
Sherry Dorman and 50 of her students helped to facilitate lessons for the Elementary Leadership Conference hosted by Wayne State College. The conference promotes the importance of good citizenship to the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade participants.  The school age children also learn about others in need. By the end of the conference the children provide several tied blankets to be given to Project Linus.  The blankets are donated to children who are seriously ill or traumatized.  This year 55 blankets were made by approximately 200 grade school children, following WSC student group leader instructions.  The project allows WSC students to practice lessons with real students, show positive role model characteristics, and provide a great service to the community, while engaging in a day of fun and fellowship with area school teachers and youth.


EDU 423- Elementary Leadership Conference & Project Linus
New Instructor Sherry Dorman, assisted by staff member Denise Mostek, and students from EDU 423, hosted an Elementary Leadership Conference on the campus of Wayne State.  The conference theme was Service to Self, Others, Community and Country. Approximately 230 area fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students attended the event.  The students (college and middle school) worked together to make 55 fleece blankets to give to Omaha Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides blankets to seriously ill or traumatized children for a sense of security and comfort.  The children also put together care packages for National Guard members while on duty.  The daylong conference was organized, supervised, and led by WSC students and Instructor Dorman.


EDU 430 Literacy Assessment
Marilyn Mudge
The long standing project between WSC students and Wakefield Schools continued in 2009.  Dr. Mudge and her students provide valuable assessments of both reading and math for the Wakefield school educators.  In addition, a fulfilled Math Night is organized in the spring for parents and students pre-school through 6th grade.  This year over 170 attended the event.  WSC students are given the opportunity to practice their skills as future teachers and also provide a valuable service.  The long lasting relationship between the Wakefield School system and Dr. Mudge is a testament to the relevancy of the project.


EDU 430 Literacy Assessment & EDU 432 Development of Mathematics in Elementary and Middle School
Literacy Assessment Project and Math Day
Students enrolled in Professor Marilyn Mudge’s courses work with elementary school students from the Wakefield School.  Students assess reading, writing, and spelling skills in EDU 430.  Students in EDU 432 work with math assessments and organize a fun-filled Math day where students, parents, and community members are encouraged to play math games to enhance student learning and confidence.  Both projects are long running staples of the campus Education Divisions curriculum.  Student reflections report the value of face-to-face case studies data collection and results interpretation.


EDU 430 Literacy Assessment
Students will be working with Wakefield Elementary 3rd and 4th graders assessing their reading, spelling and writing skills and WSC students will provide individualized instruction based on the assessment results.  A case study will be given to the classroom teacher.  They will also be pen pals with enrolled first graders and will provide reading assessments.


EDU 432 Development of Mathematics
Family Math Day
In March, professor Mudge’s students conducted a Family Math event at Wakefield Elementary School.  Children in pre-school through grade six and their parents were invited to play math games and solve puzzles in activities directed by 28 WSC students.  The event is in its third year and was a huge success.  Approximately 100 children and parents were in attendance.




ENG 200- Expository Writing
Students under the direction of Instructor Patti Burris enhanced their listening and interviewing skills while working with participants from the Oaks Retirement Community.  The students wrote essays about their participants following the interview sessions and incorporated the essays into a scrapbook format. The project allowed for the ‘history’ of each elder participant to be recorded, providing a valuable contribution to the community. 


ENG 200 Expository Writing
Professor Patti Burris and 17 of her students interviewed residents from the Oaks Retirement Community in Wayne.  Oaks resident’s who volunteered to participate in the project spent time talking with WSC students about their lives and historical perspective. The students then wrote resident biographies each biography included a photo of the resident and the student interviewer. The biography/photo collection was bound and will be given to each participant, serving as a historical archive for the participants and the community of Wayne.  WSC students and the Oaks residents gained mutual generational insights and perspectives about one another during the interview process.  One student wrote, “This was an amazing experience, I’m so glad I had a chance to participate in something like this. Getting our of the classroom & into the community was very fun, I felt like I was doing something that really mattered”


ENG 200 Expository Writing
Elderfest Memory Book
Professor Patricia Burris and 25 students worked with local community members to honor elder members of the community with a day of entertainment, food, prizes and fellowship.  The WSC students interviewed elder community members who attended the “Elderfest” event.  The interviews were bound as a memory book and given to each participant, the local library, museum, and were available for purchase.  The memory book serves as a keepsake and a written history that becomes a priceless community heirloom.  The service-learning project gave campus students the chance to interact positively with the Wayne community and with over 38 community partners who helped organize and fund the event. The students also provide an invaluable service by producing the memory books, without the service-learning project and funding the memory book would not have been possible.


ENG 443- Young Adult Literature and EDU 409- Content Area Methods and Materials
Dr. Janet Gilligan and her students work to provide a fun-filled day for area middle school children, their teachers, and other literacy enthusiasts during the Language Arts Festival (April 11, 2008).  Wayne State College (WSC), Service-Learning at WSC sub grants, and a Nebraska Humanities Council grant helped to make 2008 the third year of the festival by providing funding.  WSC Students help evaluate writing submitted competitively. Then winning entries are included in a published anthology made at WSC. The children/teachers also take part in workshops and other interactive activities that Dr. Gilligan and her students organize and facilitate. WSC students are able to use course skills in a direct hands-on approach prior to and during the event.


ENG 443- Young Adult Literature and EDU 409 - Content Area Methods and Materials (Spring 2011)

This year, 12 schools from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota will travel to the Seventh Annual Language Arts Festival hosted by Wayne State College (WSC) on Friday April 8th. The day’s activities will include presentations from several Nebraska poets, interactive workshops, and a poster and writing competition.  Approximately 18 WSC students under the direction of Professor Lori Newcomb are working on the Service-Learning project to promote and organize the annual event. Newcomb and her students also provide interactive workshops, as well as evaluate the writing submissions from the 7th through 12th grade students attending the day-long event.  Once all the submissions are made, five best stories/poems from each school are selected to be published in an anthology.  In addition, students with first-place selections are recognized with a medal, but a fun-filled day is promised for all 250 visiting 7th-12th grade students.
The Nebraska Humanities Council are proud supporters of the annual event to promote youth literacy skills.



Family Consumer Sciences


FCS 120- Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Twenty-six students enrolled in Dr. Pam Langlie’s Early Childhood Education course worked with the Wayne Public Library to fulfill the state of Nebraska initiative to “Connect the World’s Children to Nature.”  Using course curriculum WSC students worked with the children’s librarian to create a Nature Exploration Festival.  Dr. Langlie’s students prepared activities and materials to be used for the event and also used their grant funds to buy quality children’s books with nature themes to be donated to the public library.  The project helped to promote literacy and nature appreciation. Approximately, 35 children and parents attended the Nature Exploration Festival on October 25, 2008.


FCS 120- Introduction to Early Childhood Education
In a direct partnering with the Wayne Public Library and their children’s librarian, students helped to develop art activities to complement selected books that were read to children in the afterschool library program during the Week of the Young Child (April 7-11, 2008).  Students facilitated and worked in cooperation with the librarian to read to children and create activities following.  Afterward, the artwork created by the young patrons was displayed at the library in the weeks following the Young Child program.


FCS 120- Early Childhood Learning Packets
Students enrolled in Professor Pam Langlie’s FCS 120 course designed and prepared packet materials for young children to introduce and enhance math, reading, and science skills.  The packets were distributed to the Wayne County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.  The federal program helps families with minimal incomes with a particular emphasis on children ages infant to five years old.  The WSC students were able to use course concepts in developing and designing the packets, and much to their instructors delight came up with unique ideas, which facilitated the addition of materials donated by the Poison Control Center for inclusion in the packets.


FCS 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
In response to a request from the Wayne Public Library, Professor Langlie and 27 students are assessing and researching several distinguished illustrators of children’s books.  The class will use the selected books to develop activities for the Children’s Book Week at the public library.  The class is working closely with the public librarians to prepare and   present the books and activities for the children during the 3-day event.  This event is scheduled for November 13-19.  The selected books will be given to the public library to keep in their collection and a matching set of books will be kept and used for the future in this course.


FCS 230- The Pre-School Age Child
Students enrolled in FCS 230 had the opportunity to apply classroom skills while answering a need of a community partner.  Students developed teaching kits for Rainbow World childcare center under the direction of Dr. Pam Langlie.  The students designed felt board accessories to accompany books authored by Eric Carle. In addition, they prepared learning games to enhance the teaching kits for preschool age children.  Four separate teaching kits were developed and given along with new Carle books to Rainbow World to use in their classrooms.


FCS 230-1 & 2 [Preschool Age Child]
Thirty-nine undergraduate students in Dr. Langlie's class completed an average of four service learning hours on these projects which correlated with language development and early literacy learning concepts in the course.  Class members planned and prepared materials  for teaching kits and take-home book bags to coordinate with selected titles from the Eric Carle collection of children’s books.  The teaching kits included flannel board materials and contained other early learning materials that support early literacy skills in children.  The take-home book bags contained learning materials to help families support language development at home. Upon completion the teaching kits  and take-home book bags were placed in the Kiddie College lab preschool for use by the lab school teachers in their work with preschoolers and their families. Project total hours: 156


FCS 203 - The Pre-School Age Child and EPS 300- Topic: Technology & Society -Connecting Children with Nature project(Spring 2011)

Students enrolled in Greg Worner’s Technology & Society courses and Pam Langlie’s Preschool Age Child courses teamed up to create an outdoor learning and exploration area for children who will attend the WSC Kiddie College for the 2011 summer session and beyond. Currently, Kiddie College students do not have an outdoor area to learn and play in during warm weather. To remedy the situation WSC faculty members and students worked together to design and implement an ‘Outdoor Classroom’ using the exemplar of “Nature Explore,” a program advocated by the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation to re-connect children to nature.  The outdoor classroom includes structures and toys designed and created by WSC faculty and students, as well as, instructional learning activities promoting music, art, science, and physical education.  Kiddie College students will have a chance to become gardeners, investigate nature, create art projects, and just have fun outside. Langlie’s students also had the opportunity to receive certification in the Exploring Nature program the materials and certification were made possible by The Nebraska Game and Parks Department.  A special note of “thanks” goes out to WSC Campus Operations and Maintenance, wrestling club members, Industrial Technology and Science faculty. Project support was provided by the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District and Service-Learning @ WSC.


FCS 430/530 classes [Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs]
Dr. Pamela Langlie

Twenty -six undergraduates and two graduate students in Dr. Langlie's course worked on this project correlating with school-community support concepts of the course.
Working with Shelly Ferringer of Rainbow World to support her promotion of early math/science learning this year at the preschool/day care, math and science learning activities were designed and prepared in class and then implemented at Rainbow World on April 27 with preschool and school-age children.  The WSC Early Childhood Association also supported this effort by purchasing early math/science learning games which were used the day that WSC students
worked at Rainbow World and that could be left at the center for further learning in these areas. Project total hours:  140.




GEO 120- World Regional Geography (First-Year Experience)
Dr. Randy Bertolas and 18 first-year students enrolled in his World Regional Geography course helped to enhance the Wakefield Elementary School playground by creating and painting a map of the United States on a large paved area of the school grounds.  The presence can be used by teachers as a learning tool to help facilitate geographic education, and is a fun and colorful place for the elementary school children to interact. WSC students employed general mapmaking skills learned in the classroom about orientation, direction, and legends, while making the map, and had the added benefit of building positive relationships with community members.  The Wakefield Superintendent personally requested a map for the school after seeing one at the Wayne Elementary School (earlier work of Dr. Bertolas and another group of students).


GEO 120-04 World Regional Geography, Honors Section
A prior map of the United States painted on the playground of the Wayne Elementary School in 2006 was a “victim of its own success,” due to heavy wear the outdoor map required a completely new resurfacing.  Approximately 20 honors students and Dr. Bertolas repaired the map, using oil base paint to increase the maps permanence.  Dr. Bertolas has received several other requests from area schools who want a map for their playground!  The map serves as a great educational tool for both the elementary students and the college students who apply course knowledge to the creation of the map.


GEO 120 World Regional Geography &
GEO 325 Geography of Recreation, Tourism and Sport
To facilitate geographic learning among elementary school aged children, Dr. Randy Bertolas and volunteers from each geography class restored the Wayne Elementary School playground map.  The previous map was badly weathered, although still a favorite spot for the school children.  Restoring the map provided students with valuable information about spatial orientation in map-making, and also led to creating a positive relationship   between the two community schools and students.  The map guidelines are from the Journal of Geography.


GEO 325 Recreation, Tourism, and Sports Designing a Painted Playground Map of the United States for an Elementary School
Students enrolled in the May session of Geography of Recreation, Tourism, and Sports and Professor Randy Bertolas will be constructing the map of the United States using guidelines from a recent service-learning article published in the Journal of Geography.  The map will be an educational aid for students at the elementary school level who are just beginning to understand geographical concepts.  The WSC students will be involved in all the processes of the map construction, from layout, sketching, and painting working in small groups.


Industrial Arts


ITE 105- Introduction to Technology Systems
Twenty four students under the supervision of Instructor Greg Worner manufactured child sized picnic benches for an area day care school.  Rainbow World Director Ms. Fehringer requested help from the service-learning project, the school was in need of small scaled tables and benches for the children to eat at and do activities.  The ITE course answered the call and provided sturdy weather proof bench/tables.  The Rainbow World students were also able to help construct the bench/tables, the after school class came to the WSC workshop and under close supervision helped to drill the final screws into place.  The day care students and the WSC students had a great time with this.  The project answered a community need and provided the WSC students with a wonderful hands-on experience for their introduction into manufacturing.


ITE 330- Welding Theory and Fabrication
Professor John Renzelman and students worked to fulfill the need of an area child who has special needs.  Because the child has limited use of extremities it was necessary to design and fabricate a custom bicycle so that the child could ride in the front while parents pedaled and steered from behind. This was especially important to the child who no longer wanted to ride in a bike carrier. The WSC students were able to apply knowledge gained from vocational welding and fabrication courses in designing and building the bicycle.  Professor Renzelman and one of the students will be presenting their work at two different conferences in the summer and fall of 2008.  The special needs child is delighted with their accomplishment.




MAT 210- Math for Elementary Education
Working with a new community partner: Wayne Elementary School, Dr. Tamara Worner and her students completed a third year of the Project Kids and Math service-learning program.  The WSC students worked with 70 first-grade children assisting them with appropriate aged math skills, such as, mastering the measurement of time and understanding the use of money.  The WSC students used creative teaching strategies applying the use of rhyme, literature, and manipulatives to enhance the first-graders math experience. The goal is to make sure that each student has a positive math experience and to illustrate that math is more than just completed worksheets. WSC students gain insight into their own career goals while interacting with the young students and reported in post reflections that the active learning was very valuable to them as future teachers


MAT 210-Math for Elementary Education I
Students enrolled in Math for Elementary Education under the direction of Dr. Tami Worner, worked with community partner Rainbow World day care/ pre-school.  Rain bow World requested help with aligning their mathematics program with the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines.  The students developed materials for use in the classroom and at home for each pre-school student.  WSC students spent time working with/and observing the children at the pre-school and in their own WSC classroom discussing the best techniques, and reflecting on how the hands-on experience gave them a deeper understanding of the course-work curriculum.  The Service-Learning sub grant also provided books, posters, and manipulatives that were given to Rainbow World for future use.


MAT 210- Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers
Elementary Education majors and Early Childhood majors take math course 210 as part of their graduation requirements.  To enhance the course work relevancy Dr. Tami Worner and her students worked with Rainbow World Childcare Center.  The students created activities for the young children the design of these activities allowed the WSC students to become familiar with Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and interact positively with young students who are learning mathematic concepts for the first time.  All of the developed and assessed activities went into the creation of a handbook that was given to Rainbow World and the parents of the pre-school children. Several students reported in post service surveys that they “really enjoyed working with the children and the staff at Rainbow World.”  Many of the pre-school students are from moderate to low incomes.


Exercise Science and Sport Management


PED 277- Sports Information Systems
Instructor Chad Mass and 27 students worked to developed and produce a Winter Sports Guide for the Wayne High School.  WSC students researched past school sport statistics, current statistics, interviewed current winter sports athletes, coaches, and administrators, took photographs, designed a guide layout and cover, and then produced the guide to give to each parent at the opening winter sports kick-off event.


PED 310 Leadership Development
Student enrolled in Dr. Engebretsen’s PED 310 coordinated four activities to promote biking in Wayne.  These activities included a YouTube safety video, an Earth Day bike ride challenge, awareness about community bike trails, and repairing used bikes for a community loaner program. Approximately, 30 community members participated in the bike ride, and 120 students watched the video.  In addition, eight bikes were restored and given to the city loaner program


PED 310 Leadership Development in Exercise Science
Dr. Engebretsen and her students are looking into increasing bicycle usage on the campus and in the community since the completion of the new   walking/biking trail.  Students have researched the pros and cons of bicycle usage and are developing several activities to promote this worthy activity, including developing flyers and posters promoting the benefits of bike riding and coordinating a “poker ride” with area businesses to coincide with the re-opening of Main Street in early November.


PED 310 Leadership Development in Nutrition and Stress-Laurel & Area Health Awareness Development Project
Students enrolled in Dr. Engebretsen’s course worked on several projects throughout the semester.  One group worked with the Laurel Wellness Council to plan a Community Health Fair and the opening ceremony for the new walking/biking trail.  Another group worked with Laurel High School students and PE teachers and coaches to develop conditioning and agility programs for in-season athletes and PE students.  Another group worked with the Department of Health and Human Services and WSC to co-sponsor a worksite wellness workshop to support area businesses that encourage wellness programs for their employees.  This event was held November 3, 2005.  The last group worked with the Area Health Education Center and WSC co-sponsoring a workshop on careers in fitness and nutrition for area high school students.  This event took place on November 15, 2005.  Students also performed blood pressure and body composition screens at the Wayne State College recreation center.


PED 310 Leadership Development in Nutrition and Stress-"Keeping the 'Green' Alive" Project

In 2006, Leadership Development students under the direction of Dr. Engebretsen began an awareness program to promote bicycling and healthy lifestyles.
Students enrolled in Engebretsen’s 2011 Leadership Development class continue to work toward the goal of increasing biking on campus and in the community, as a means to promote health and environmental benefits.  In conjunction with Earth Day activities, Engebretsen’s students will institute a Green Bike Patrol who will hand out wristbands imprinted with this year’s theme is ‘Burn Calories- Not Gas’ to everyone they witness riding a bicycle during the week of April 18-22..  On April 21st a community and campus bike ride will be held, refreshments and fellowship will follow the cycling event.
Activities are supported by the WSC Student Activities Board and Service-Learning @ WSC. 



PED 357- Principles of Strength and Conditioning
Instructor Kris Hinnerichs and her students used course specific knowledge and research to develop a Resistance Training workshop for middle school aged children.   The workshop emphasized the importance of physical activity throughout life and the proper technique to resistance training at the beginning levels.  During the workshop, WSC students demonstrated the proper and safe techniques followed by a question and answer session.  Approximately 120 5th and 6th grade students for the Wayne Middles School attended the workshop. 


PED 357 and PED 591 Principles of Strength & Conditioning and Advanced Principles of Strength & Conditioning
Strength Training Workshop
Faculty member Kris Hinnerichs, 4 graduate students, and 22 undergraduate students held a community strength and training workshop at the Wayne Community Activity Center.  The workshop provided parents, coaches and K-12 students with the necessary information and techniques for beneficial resistance training.  The workshop especially addressed the misconception that resistance training is unsafe for elementary and middle school aged children.  The workshop took place on April 14th and eight area schools were invited to participate.  The workshop supplied excellent handout materials and hands on training regarding proper technique for all the participants.  Instructor Hinnerichs is already making plans for next year!


PED 379- Wellness Practicum
On April 10 2008, Wayne State College hosted another community Wellness Fair.   Instructor Chad Maas and students enrolled in his wellness practicum created a theme (Feelin’ Great in 08!), recruited health care providers and agencies to provide screenings, workshops, displays, and activities all relating to health at the fair.  WSC students also did research on specific health issue relevant for today’s busy lifestyle and presented their findings through demonstrations and educational materials during the fair.  The event allowed 25 community partners to provide services to over 400 community members whom attended the fair.  This was Instructor Maas’s second wellness fair and service-learning project so he was able to use the large banner made for the first event again!  We hope this is the start of annual event.


PED 379 Wellness Practicum II - WSC Community Wellness Fair and Providence Physical Therapy BikeFest Promotion
Chad Maas Graduate Assistant and Wellness Coordinator and WSC graduate students organized a community Wellness Fair.  The fair offered health screenings and testing from 20 health provider booths. Each booth offered free handout materials and gifts. The fair was held on April 12th and over 400 people on campus and within the community attended. The fair provided educational resources and organization visibility.  In addition, a Bike Fest, was held on April 21 in the parking lot of Providence Medical Center.  Community members had the opportunity to have a bike ‘check-up’, review safety tips, and familiarize themselves with the new community bike trail.  The Bike Fest’s goal was to increase community bike usage and the health benefits provided from this form of exercise.


PED 379 Practicum II & Bus 308 Strategic Communication - The Heart Truth: Women and Heart Disease
Dr. Laura Barelman’s Strategic Communications class and Dr. Tammy Evetovich’s Practicum II students worked together as a team completing a Service-Learning project this semester called “The Heart Truth Campaign.”  The campaign was designed to increase awareness about heart disease in women.  Wayne Mayor Lois Shelton kicked off the event by declaring February 3rd as “Wear Red Day.” Activities during the semester included a panel discussion headlined by Dr. Barb Engebretson, Dr. Richard Collings, and others about the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle. The activities also included a Heart Truth Walk-a-thon and health screenings, carnival games sponsored by the WEB Carnival, and sessions of “heart healthy” bingo sponsored around town for seniors.


PED 379 Wellness Practicum - Senior Wellness Program
Dr. Tammy Evetovich and her students recognized the members of the senior wellness program and documented the history of the program.  They developed a booklet of written memoirs from senior citizens and WSC exercise science alumni.  There was a recognition luncheon where seniors were interviewed and photographed and WSC Emeritus faculty member Dr. Ralph Barclay shared the history of how the program started.


PED 400- Cardiac Rehabilitation
On October 2, 2008, Dr. Barbara Engebretsen and 25 students organized and hosted the second “World Heart Day.”  Students used classroom information and research to provide activities, screenings, demonstrations, and awareness information for the event.  World Heart Day was created in 2000 to increase public knowledge about the growing threat of heart disease and stroke.  The WSC event included a Nature Trail walk, healthy snacks, several types of screenings, and information about healthy lifestyle choices. Sioux City, Iowa television station KMEG was on campus to report on the event.


PED 400 Cardiac Rehabilitation -  World Heart Day
On October 2, 2007, students enrolled in upper level PED 400 Cardiac Rehabilitation led by Professor Barb Engebretsen held a World Heart Day on campus.  The day is a global event to promote awareness of chronic cardiovascular disease, risk factors, and prevention strategies.  WSC students worked in teams to research information about heart disease and contributing factors, their research was used to make flyers, handouts, and activities used at stations for the World Heart Day event. Stations featured free screenings and educational materials.  Please check out  

WSC in Wayne America is on the world map, the event garnered press from local and nearby radio and television stations.


Political Science


POS 444/544 Topics: Grant writing
Under the direction of Dr. Blankenau, ten students worked with regional organizations to assess needs and then write a grant to help fulfill those needs.  The students worked in class and in their communities to help identify potential grant funding sources, develop relationships necessary for good grant writing, and write and submit a proposal. Several students were funded providing necessary community development needs.




PSY 230- Life Span Development
Thirty-five WSC students enrolled in Dr. Dan Miller’s Life Span Development course worked to development informational brochures and activities to be given or demonstrated at the 2009 Elderfest event.  The event is a day –long celebration for individuals 55 years old and older held annually in the Wayne Auditorium, hosting an average of 600 area residents.  In addition to biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental brochures the students also distributed Theraband exercise bands and several door prizes at their booth during the event. WSC students were also available to help set up for the event and give assistance to any participant during the day.  This was a great opportunity for the area residents to meet some of the WSC students and it also provided the WSC students with a greater appreciation of what the realities are of the aging process beyond in-class discussion.


PSY 405 Experimental Psychology
Eighteen students enrolled in Dr. Dan Miller’s experimental psychology class worked as research teams on the topic of depression. Upon completion of their research the teams gave presentations on their findings to appropriate audiences.  Students prepared brochures and Power Point presentations, located an appropriate audience for the presentation, and scheduled a professional speaker to present about the topic in conjunction with the students.  Guest speakers were a social worker, Team Facilitator/Family Advocate, Interview Specialist, clinical psychologist, hospice bereavement coordinator, and a hospice R.N.  Topics presented were postpartum depression, depression in children, adolescents, elderly people, and those with terminal illness.  Audiences came from a variety of sources outside the Wayne State community.  The purpose of this project was to increase the awareness depression.


PSY 4/544 Topics: Sports Psychology
A service-learning component was incorporated into an undergraduate sport psychology course taught by Dr. Dan Miller in Fall 2006 to advance the students' understanding and appreciation of course content and to enhance the sport experience of local youth. Two service-learning teams were formed to work with the athletic director of the local middle and high schools and the director of the community activity center. Students located and prepared educational materials on the youth sport experience (e.g., handouts, books, DVDs) and presented them to the community partners to use themselves and share with others who could benefit from the information (e.g., coaches, physical education teachers, student athletes, parents). The sport psychology students and community partners reported to have valued and benefitted from the project.




SOC 101- Introduction to Sociology (First-Year Experience)
First Year students and Dr. Jean Karlen worked on a Hunger and Homelessness campaign as part of their Introduction to Sociology course.  Student organized a multiple day collection of non-perishable goods for local and area food pantries.  The food drive included a Cram the Van event and a WSC dorm collection. ‘Cram the Van‘ received media coverage on November 20th from the Siouxland News Channel KTIV, and local youth from Rainbow World donated funds earned at an earlier fund-raiser for the purchase of food items to be included in the Cram the Van.


2008 marks the third year of the Hunger and Homelessness event on the WSC campus under the direction of Dr. Karlen.


SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology - Hunger and Homelessness
Professor Jean Karlen and 57 students from her Introduction to Sociology course participated in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week on November 12-16. The students worked in groups researching information for flyers, created a website, and collected  food donations to help raise awareness of Hunger and Homelessness issues in the community and nationally. Students asked the community to help them “Cram the Van”. The slogan was viewable on a large van (donated by WSC) parked outside of Pamida as part of a 3-day collection. The loaded van of goods went to the local food pantry for distribution.   Students also worked closely with several Wayne Merchants (Pamida, Santa Fe Grille, Godfathers, State National Bank, and The Max Again), who donated money or matched funds to gift to Community Action Agency Goldenrod Hills.  This was the third Hunger and Homelessness Awareness project.    


SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology
Can you imagine being grateful for a peanut butter sandwich and a cup of hot soup as your one meal for the day before heading back out into the bitter Nebraska winter wind to try and find a warm place to spend the night?  Dr. Karlen and her students will again be organizing activities as part of November Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  Tiffany Olson from Goldenrod Hills community Action Agency and a member of the local interagency organization that provides assistance to needy individuals and families has been working with the class as the community partner representative.  One goal for the class is to pack a trailer with food and dry goods for area pantries.  Other events include a fund-raising raffle, the distribution of donor jars throughout the community and campus, a dorm competition food drive, and teams reading to elementary students about hunger and homelessness.  Flyers and other educational materials will be distributed throughout the area.


SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - Hunger and Homelessness
Responding to a request from the regional Continuum of Care group in Northeast Nebraska, Dr. Karlen and her students organized activities as part of the November Hunger and Homeless Week.  Student groups read children’s books about being homeless to elementary students at local schools/libraries, coordinated food pantry drives, and did a fundraising event for area poverty programs.  In addition, students developed a variety of educational materials that were distributed to the public about the plight of hunger and homelessness in our area.


SOC 488 Senior Seminar -  Course Projects
Two students enrolled in Jean Karlen’s Senior Seminar course worked on researching, documenting, and presenting a service-learning project based on a request from a community partner.  Dani Lahman worked with the Winnebago American Indian Tribe on a tribal enrollment project.  Tami Hopwood worked with members in the Oaks Retirement Community on oral histories.  Each student presented their work to WSC faculty/staff/and fellow students.  Dani also presented her research project at Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium (NUSS) held in 2007 on the campus of WSC.




SPA 215- Conversation Partner and Latin Culture Night
Twenty-nine students and new faculty member Sofia Villarreal developed a conversation partner program involving Hispanic students at Wayne High School and WSC students in the Spanish Lab course. The students were able to practice their Spanish language skills interactively with the high school students and the Hispanic students were able to practice their English skills. In addition, a cultural night was hosted at the WSC Multicultural Center to encourage students to become familiar with Hispanic culture.  The event featured games, music, dancing and participant recognitions.


Social Sciences


SSC 300 Social Sciences Research Methods - Survey Pilot and Data Collection
The Norfolk Economic Development Center partnered with students in Professor Jean Karlen’s Research Methods class to evaluate and revise a community assessment survey called Visioning 2026.  Students piloted the survey, gave feedback for revisions, and then began some of the data entry using SPSS skills learned in the classroom. 


SSC 300 Social Sciences Research Methods
Dr. Karlen and students in the research methods class were involved in a community development project for the communities of Laurel and Hartington.  Students entered data from a Cedar County Local Labor Survey, summarized the findings, and presented them to groups in the two communities.

CO-Curricular Projects

Poverty Simulation

Students from a variety of disciplines had a chance to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes’ when they participated in the Poverty Simulation held in the Frey Conference Suite on October 7, 2008.  Over 80 students and several WSC faculty/staff took part in an hour long scenario that replicated some of the problems and frustrations people living at or below the poverty line experience. The experience helped drive home some fundamental information about surviving in a competitive world, for instance the importance of saving receipts, following instructions, and realizing that assistance is available if you ask.  The WSC simulation was part of the Community Action of Nebraska’s Poverty Solution Tour and received media coverage from area Siouxland News Channel KTIV.


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Club
ACM members and Professor Lori Nicholson worked with the Little Red Hen Theatre a non-profit organization in a nearby community.  Club members used skills from technology courses to help design, build and implement a website for the theatre.  The students also employed their knowledge by rebuilding a donated computer for the theatre.  The new computer system allows the theatre to manage their inventory, employ web site applications, and print tickets for productions.  The students were able to assess the needs of the community partner though close interaction and observations of their day-to-day operations, thus building a mutually beneficial relationship.


Catholic Newman Center
Sister Cynthia Hruby and four WSC students traveled to Overland Park Kansas during spring break.  The Alternative Spring Break trip offered the students an opportunity to use educational course skills while providing assistance to the L’Arche Heartland community.  The L’Arche community consists of groups of care providers and adults with disabilities living and working together.  During their stay at L’Arche the WSC students helped with meals, crafts, and daily outings. They reporting having a wonderful experience and made a scrapbook of their trip to share with the campus upon their return.


Habitat for Humanity
Six WSC student Habitat for Humanity members, and Dr. Pam Langlie traveled to Springfield, Ill during an Alternative Spring Break trip.  There they worked for the Sangamon County’s Habitat for Humanity.  Most of their work was not on a home but moving building supplies to a new location, and also painting this new location.  The site leader had a hard time keeping up with the WSC volunteers and questioned if “all Nebraskans were this hard of workers.”   While many of their peers were treating themselves to a warm weather break, the Habitat for Humanity members worked in a community outside their own.  Service-Learning at WSC was very please they could assist the students with this project.


Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) History Honor Society (continued from 2007)
Four PAT members continued to research local history for use on the sycamore tree discs. The discs were made from 100+year old trees that formally lined Main Street in front of the Old Library.  To preserve some of the tree, discs were cut. These discs will illustrate the historical events of the area as they coincide with the tree ring from that date.  The large discs will eventually be displayed in prominent locations and used as a learning tool by the community partner: the Nebraska Forest Service.  Dr Linda Taber has served as an advisor to the students conducting the research and the community partner contact.


V-Day Campaign
The counseling center and WSC students teamed up to bring the Vagina Monologues production to campus and community.  The production is the creation of Eve Ensler’s and helps to raise awareness regarding violence against women.  The production is part of V-Day a non-profit organization that works to stop violence against girls and women globally.  Although, the production and activities might be considered controversial (by some) the audience members were moved and enlightened.  A Service-Learning sub grant allowed 100% of the ticket sales and other contributions to be donated to the Domestic Violence Shelter-Haven House.  The event was a great success with the shelter receiving approximately $1,350.00.


Every Woman Matters Soup Luncheon Fund Raiser and Awareness Campaign- PGM, Explorer’s Club, SHAPE Club, SPORTS Club, Chartwells, Tammy Evetovich, Laura Dendinger, Randy Bertolas, Linda Teach, and Lisa Nelson
The third WSC Every Woman Matters soup fundraiser event took place on October 24, 2007.  Professor Tammy Evetovich provided a PowerPoint presentation, while supporters enjoyed their lunch.  Chartwells provided soup for the event; pink frosted cupcakes were donated by staff members, and Service-Learning Assistant Lisa Nelson provided door prizes and refreshments, faculty members Laura Dendinger, Kris Hinnerichs, Jean Karlen, and Randy Bertolas also helped promote and work for the success of the event.  The small fee collected from each person in attendance totaled over $400.00. The funds were sent to the Nebraska Every Woman Matters Foundation to help women without insurance with the medical costs of screenings and cancer treatments.  Several campus student clubs and organizations helped organize, serve, and clean up for the fundraiser. 


Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) & Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Honor students, Linda Taber & Randy Bertolas- Tree Ring Histories
Five honor students working under the direction of Linda Taber, Randy Bertolas, and community partner Steve Rasmussen are conducting research on key community historical events. The research will be used in connection with large tree slabs from Sycamore trees that were growing from the early 1900’s to 2005 in front of the original Wayne Public Library.  The trees had to be cut down when the main street of Wayne was widened.  The tree slabs and historical information displays will be set up for public viewing upon their completion at the Wayne Public Library, Wayne State College Campus, a city building, and possibly one of the public schools.


Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Clarissa Kaiser, WSC Campus Multicultural Center Director and students from Minorities in Accordance Coming Together (MACT) a campus diversity organization organized and promoted a community celebration to recognize the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The event included a dinner, music, dancing, and a guest speaker.  Over 200 people attended the celebration and remembrance.


Wayne State College Criminal Justice Organization (WSCJA)
Dr. Paul Campbell, Instructor Matt McCarthy, and students from WSCJA planned an event for area Girl Scout members with community partners form the Nebraska State Patrol and Wayne Police department.  The event educated Girl Scout participants about crime prevention and crime scene investigation. Nebraska State Patrol evidence technician Brenda Test set up a mock crime scene and with the help of WSC, students and faculty showed the participants how finger print evidence is collected and used.  The Girls Scouts troops finished the workshop with a sleep over hosted by the National Guard Armory. Approximately 100 Girl Scouts (sixth and seventh grades) and their leaders attended for the workshop and sleepover event.


Restoring the Bird Viewing Blind-
The Biology Club and Student Wildlife Society restoring a bird viewing blind near the Wayne lagoon.  The project was originally a Eagle Scout project but had fallen into a state of disrepair and was no longer safe to use.


Every Woman Matters- Cancer Awareness Fundraiser
In an effort to help support Nebraskan women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer several campus organization and honor societies worked together to organize and promote a fundraising soup luncheon.  The event was held on campus and was the second year campus students raised funds to support the Every Woman Matters Foundation.

  • SHAPE Club, Explorer’s Club, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, Cardinal Key, Gamma Theta Upsilon, and Chatwell’s food service.
  • Tammy Evetovich, Lisa Nelson, Randy Bertolas, Deborah Whitt, Jean Karlen, Laura Dendinger, Linda Teach.


Art Club  &  ART 371

Outdoor Sculpture Display Project
Professor Steven Elliott and students in Art Club will be constructing two reinforced concrete pads that will be placed on the north side of the Studio Arts building.  They will serve as designated art display areas for large-scale outdoor student works.  The project will enable work to be displayed safely and securely with anchor bolts and will also allow viewing to both Wayne State College and the community of Wayne. Otte Construction is helping with the project which is scheduled to begin in May.


The Silent Witness Program
Professor Jason Karsky and a group of student volunteers painted the “silent witnesses” that Gregg Vander Weil and his students produced.  The figures were used during a candlelight vigil sponsored by Haven House and the WSC S.A.V.E. organizations, headed by Michelle Meyer, on Sunday October 9, 2005.  Approximately 70 people attended the ceremony to empower, celebrate, acknowledge, and mourn victims of domestic violence in Nebraska and around the United States.


 “Every Woman Matters” Cancer Awareness Fundraiser
A co-curricular non-funded Service-Learning project was held on October 27, 2005 to help support and raise awareness for Nebraska women who have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer and cannot afford treatment.  Chartwell’s donated the soup for the fundraising event.  Phi Beta Lambda members, sponsored by Dr. Laura Barelman, were on hand to paint fingernails pink and Dr. Tammy Evetovich provided an educational presentation on cancer awareness.  The event raised over $250, which will be donated to the Every Woman Matters Foundation.  The event was sponsored by several WSC organizations including Chartwell’s, Phi Beta Lambda, Pi Gamma Mu, Cardinal Key, and WSC Service-Learning.


Around the World in 45 Minutes!
The Wayne State Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP #299) the nation’s oldest, largest, most selective all-discipline honor society will be collaborating with the Wayne Public Library to promote their eight week summer reading program.  The theme of the program this year is “One World, Many Stories,” to generate interest in the summer literacy program the library will host a kick-off event on April 12th aided by PKP members who will organize games and activities for the children during the after-school program.  In addition, a Service-Learning co-curricular sub grant proposed by PKP will provide 25 new books and supplies for the reading program.  All of the books are related to world culture and will be used for the summer reading program and then be added to the children’s library to replace outdated materials. Click here.


Alternative Spring Break Trip to Texas: An Introduction to Immigration (Spring 2011)

Eight WSC students under the direction on Sister Cynthia Hruby, Catholic Newman Center Advisor, traveled to the La Posada Providencia a temporary shelter for immigrant refugees in San Benito, TX over their mid-term break. The students also visited the International Emergency Shelter for unaccompanied children, the Ozanam homeless shelter, and crossed the border to visit a village in Mexico.  While on their journey the students met with various counselors, case workers, attorneys, and worked with refugees. The experience provided a very hands-on perspective according to one of the students, “things learned in books and classroom became real and alive. I was able to integrate the classroom learning with the actual working environment.”  Four of the students will present information about the trip at the S-L luncheon. The trip was supported by the WSC Multicultural Center, Catholic Newman Center Benefactors, and Service-Learning @ WSC.


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