2007 SERVICE-LEARNING AWARDS
Six students received Service-Learning Awards for their projects in the community, and six professors were recognized for their involvement and support of Service-Learning.
Each one of the following professors has demonstrated a strong and consistent commitment to Service-Learning here at Rose State:
Lisa Greer: Lisa was nominated by Michael Lovegrove for her work in his U.S. History class. When Ms. Greer saw that there was no plan in place to challenge students to learn from the exhibits at the Oklahoma History Center, she asked that she be allowed to create a scavenger hunt game that could be used as a teaching and assessment tool. Students on this hunt are charged with the task of identifying historical figures, artifacts, and activities highlighted in the various exhibits at the museum. According to Lisa: "The first day I visited the Oklahoma History Center, several classes were there, all from different schools. As I arrived, their tours were finishing. Kids were EVERYWHERE. They were running up and down the stairs, crowding through and around other visitors, and ignoring requests to slow down, basically, being kids. I decided that day that the Center needed something to keep the students' interest. Having their teachers walk them back through the galleries, they can discuss what information they have retained and use the "seek and find" to explore more in depth of what the exhibit has to offer. Just the knowledge I gained and believing that I helped benefit our community gives me great gratification."
Kyle Cook: Kyle did a service-learning project for Eileen Dewey's class. Not only did Kyle tutor many students to help them learn different programming languages, he also gave student tours when they would come to check out the cybersecurity and game development program. He took these students to the forensic lab and demoed software and showed them what kind of work they would be involved with and the courses required for the cybersecurity degree. Many parents and high school counselors have called to thank him for the wonderful tour. Kyle says that helping people score higher in their classes and raise their confidence is one of the best benefits he got from service-learning and he will continue to do service-learning in the fall. Thank you, Kyle.
Candice Basden: Candice did over 80 hours of service-learning work for John Carl's Intro to Social Work class in the HIV Peer Education Program, and this past spring was her fifth semester of doing service-learning work at Rose State. Candice says that her work as a HIV Peer Educator has helped her tremendously, and she has enjoyed her experience so much that she plans to continue her work in this field after obtaining her degree. Thanks, Candice, for being involved in this important work.
Lavina McKinzey: Lavina was nominated by her Principles of Web Design professor, Donna Wilson, for her amazing 250 hours of service-learning work designing a web page for Studio 222 (an after-school activity program for inner city at-risk teens). Now this organization has a well-designed, user-friendly website that will hopefully also be an avenue for fundraising. Thanks so much, Lavina.
Kenneth Love: Kenneth's project was to design and develop a modern database driven Native American information system for the Friends of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives. Because of the complexity and scope of the software development phase, both of Peter VanDerGoes' classes declined this project as a possible group project, but Mr. Love saw the potential value of the project to all Oklahomans interested in our heritage, so he undertook it as an individual project with no thought to compensation or recognition. Kenneth says that he thought the project was interesting and fun and he hopes to be able to continue working on it until other students volunteer to participate.
Logan Wise: Logan was nominated by her First Aid professor, Kim Queri. For her service-learning project, Logan put first aid kits together and donated them to Riverside Indian Boarding School. The Boarding School had over 1200 people living there with only one first aid kit for all twelve dormitories. Professor Queri said that Logan exceeded her expectations by donating countless hours trying to get donations for this project and then putting the kits together. Ms. Wise said that she gained a sense of charity and knowledge that will help her in the future. She also said that she gained the satisfaction of knowing that if someone gets hurt at the boarding school and an ambulance is far away, these kits will contain the basic information and supplies to aid in an emergency, which could possibly save someone's life.