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Featured Service-Learning Projects

Service learning at WSC

Our students have complete several outstanding projects, among many. Below are a few of the most recent exemplary projects.

Tornado Historical Marker

In the fall of 2013, students enrolled in Dr. Jason Karsky’s emergency management course at Wayne State discussed how they might serve the community following the destructive tornado that occurred on Oct. 4, 2013. While many WSC students volunteered for clean-up and other tornado recovery efforts, Karsky’s class worked to commemorate the town's response and recovery from the devastating storm as well as ensure better safety practices on campus.

As part of their academic Service-Learning project, the Emergency Management students initiated an analysis of emergency directives including shelter and refuge signage for the campus, which has resulted in each campus building receiving up-to-date posted procedures. Fall 2014 emergency management students worked on the logistics and planning for the one-year anniversary event, installing and dedicating a large granite historical marker with a bronze plaque that reads: “On Oct. 4, 2013 one of the most devastating tornados in the history of Wayne County, Neb. left an unprecedented path of destruction. The historic marker is dedicated to community residents, business owners, employees, volunteers, and responders who endured the disastrous events of that day and underwent a most challenging recovery. Called by circumstance, burdened by misfortune, yet inspired by a confident hope, the fury of Mother Nature’s EF4 Tornado was met by an unrelenting spirit and the best of humanity.”

Institutional funds from Wayne State College and WSC Service-Learning as well as the City of Wayne provided the financial support for the memorial plaque and historical marker.

World Heart Day

World Heart Day, held in October, provided blood pressure screening, heart health information, heart healthy snacks, and recreation for families and children at the Wayne City Auditorium. Wayne State College cardiac rehab students partnered with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, Wayne Rotary Club, and Iglesia Apostolica de la Fe en Cristos Jesus to provide a community family event to celebrate World Heart Day and encourage heart healthy activities and diets. The event was co-sponsored with funding from WSC Service-Learning and Rotary District 5650 District grants, and the City of Wayne Community Activity Center.

World Heart Day encourages everyone to live a heart-healthy life by exercising, eating healthy and eliminating tobacco use to reduce the entire family's risk of heart disease and stroke. Mirian Aguirre, Nebraska Health Department, Lincoln, Neb., moderated Community Conversations. The Wayne Rotary Club presented gifts for the Hispanic Youth Sport Equipment and Program.

IKES Lake Assessment

Dr. Barbara Hayford, Sara Walsh, and Dr. Kelly Dilliard of Wayne State College combined their efforts to benefit Wayne Izaak Walton League Lake. Students in Wayne State’s Development of Science in Elementary and Middle School class (DSEMS) and the Aquatic Ecology seminar hosted a biological assessment of the Wayne Chapter Isaak Walton League Lake (IKES Lake) by Wayne Public School third-graders.

The event involved WSC Aquatic Ecology students setting up sampling stations. The DSEMS students hosted activities. All data generated by the event was collected by the Aquatic Ecology students and will be converted for use by the third-graders so they can work through brief problems and make decisions about the condition of IKES Lake.

Hayford, director of the A. Jewell Schock Museum of Natural History at Wayne State College, will write and disseminate the final report.

Photo Restoration

Students in Josh Piersanti's ART 402 Production and Media Problems worked on restoring an old photo (c. 1950) for Wayne High School. The photo was large, so size alone creates interesting learning experiences. This year restored photos from past Service-Learning projects were also featured at WSC's Homecoming.