Office of Service-Learning
In the Media
Students, faculty honored
for making service part
Faculty, staff and students' contributions to the community and engagement with community partners was honored at the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards program hosted by the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Action Leaders Program
.For the first time, the office presented a Friend of the Office of Service-Learning award in honor of a group that has been particularly helpful to its efforts. This year it recognized Classified Staff Council (CSC) for it unflagging support of the MLK Jr. Day of Service Challenge, one of the office's largest events. Dawn Hofmeister presented both the undergraduate and graduate Kurt E. Hofmeister Student Excellence Awards, named in her late husband's honor.
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(CREDIT: Zoom News Posted May 2, 2013)
Student Groups Sell, Deliver Flowers for Cancer Benefit
The meaning of a daffodil flower is hope, and that’s just what several groups at the University plan for in contributing to defeating cancer.
The American Cancer Society teamed up with Civic Action Leaders and Colleges Against Cancer, two student community service organizations, to host the annual program known as “Daffodil Days.” The program is part of a three month campaign, ranging from January and ending later this month, selling daffodils to be delivered to other people.
The money raised is donated to The American Cancer Society for cures of the disease.
Members of the Civic Action Leaders hosted a table in the Union where people could buy daffodils, teddy bears and vases, raising more than $150 Monday.
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(CREDIT: The BG News Posted March 18, 2013)
A Quiet Drum Major for Peace
Heavily engaged in planning the last details of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge, Dr. Jane Rosser almost did not attend the Bowling Green Human Relations Commission's annual Martin Luther King celebration at the public library on Jan. 18.
It was a good thing she was persuaded to leave her work as director of the Office of Service-Learning that day and go, because Rosser found herself honored with the city's Drum Major for Peace Award. "I did not know I was getting it and I was very humbled by it," she later said with characteristic modesty.
The award's name comes from the "Drum Major Instinct" sermon King delivered on Feb. 4, 1968, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, about a month before he was assassinated.
King often used the phrase "drum major instinct" to describe the impulse toward leadership, explained presenter Barbara Y. Keller, a BGSU retiree and commission member. "In his sermon he said, 'If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, say that I was a drum major for peace, say that I was a drum major for righteousness. And all the other shallow things will not matter. ... I just want to leave a committed life behind." ...
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(CREDIT: BGSU Marketing & Communications Posted January 29, 2013)
Kurt Hofmeister's Legacy - New Construction on Campus
During the fall semester, students in Instructor Wes Collins’ Introduction to Construction course tested their new-found savvy with the completion of an actual campus building: specifically, a coup intended to house live pigeons while they are being studied by the Department of Psychology. According to Collins, roughly 70 students, primarily from the construction management, architecture, and interior design programs, worked on the building. “This was truly a university project as individuals from around campus were part of this, including the College of Technology, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Design and Construction, and Campus Operations all played a part.” Cordula Mora, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, echoed Collins’ sentiments, stating, “This project was truly a collaborative effort by several departments around campus with great student involvement.”
The original design of the building was created by Kurt Hofmeister, a former instructor of this construction course. Unfortunately, Kurt passed away following a heart attack the summer before the building was erected. The College of Technology paid tribute to Kurt this past week. Discover additional information about Kurt Hofmeister’s legacy.
(CREDIT: BGSU Division of Student Affairs Posted February 15, 2013)
MLK Day of Service Challenge - In the News
Check out these videos of BGSU's MLK Day of Service Challenge on the local news.
BGSU Bulletin - MLK Day of Service Challenge
A day on, not a day off!
This video shows a couple of the challenge sites, and Sakina talks about the day and what all it involves. Volunteers on the day also gave interviews about their roles, and experiences.
OSL on WBGU TV
Program: NW Ohio Journal
Episode: Service Learning
Host Steve Kendall sits down with Sakina Trevathan, Assistant Director, Office of Service Learning, BGSU; Amy Hill, Graduate Assistant, Office of Service Learning and Civic Action Leader, Meresa McKesson to discuss the mission and impact of the Bowling Green State University Office of Service Learning.
BGSU National Student Day in NACAS College Services Magazine
In the Winter 2012 issue of the NACAS College Services magazine there was an article about the National Student Day event with a call-out to BGSU written by one of our students on page 44. There is also a nice reference to the collaboration by Dining Services and the Student Union on the event.
Forging the Bond Between Service and Learning
How different the world would be if more people shared Meresa McKesson's belief: "Helping others should be second nature, like breathing." The junior from Detroit, a management information systems major in the College of Business Administration, has found her perfect fit at BGSU as a Civic Action Leader (CAL) through the Office of Service-Learning.
It's not just sending off a check to a cause or dishing out meals in a soup kitchen - worthy though those contributions are - that she finds satisfying. According to McKesson, "Fully committing yourself to (service) and seeing the way you help someone do something they wouldn't otherwise be able to do, and really learning about those you help is so rewarding."
That attitude also reflects the Office of Service-Learning's philosophy of the link between developing self-knowledge and skills through working with others. "The biggest thing is that reflection piece, in which you seriously think about what you actually learned and how you can grow through that," McKesson said...