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5th Annual National Day of Service - September 14, 2013
Join us for the 2013 National Day of Service at Montclair State University, as we commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks by giving back to our local communities through service.
All members of the Montclair State University community - students, faculty, staff, and alumni - are welcomed to participate in one of the school year's most important and meaningful events of community spirit. Service projects may include, but are not limited to, trail-blazing and forest regeneration; sorting food and other life-saving donations at local food pantries and food banks; a community clean-up or street-sweep; and creating greeting cards for home-bound seniors to send to loved ones, friends, and family members.
Participating volunteers will have the opportunity to register for one of these two-hour service projects, on the morning of September 14. This year's program will begin in the Student Center Ballrooms B&C, promptly at 8am. After registering, students will be offered a light breakfast. Transportation will be provided, and work-appropriate clothes (close-toed shoes and pants) are a must!
Stay tuned for updates - closer to the event date - by checking back here or by visiting www.montclair.edu/day-of-service.
The Service-Learning and Community Engagement Program Receives $1,000 Seminar Grant from Bringing Theory to Practice, to develop a Community-Based/ Participatory Action Research Think Tank
In order to integrate its civic engagement efforts with the intentional and explicit democratic dimensions described and called for in the /Crucible Moment/, the Service-Learning and Community Engagement program in collaboration with the CUNY Graduate Center and its Public Science Project is implementing the Community-Based/Participatory Action Research Think Tank (CB/PAR).
The proposed CB/PAR Think Tank will be modeled upon the Public Science Project’s Critical Participatory Action Research Summer Institute, which is designed to introduce participants to the theory, methods, and ethics of community-based/critical participatory action research. The Think Tank is scheduled for the upcoming fall semester, will be comprised of three evening seminars, and will serve as a study/action team where participants discuss their projects while learning more about the best practices and tenets of CB/PAR.
Governor Christie announces Montclair State a recipient of AmeriCorps grant
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno announced that 15 organizations have received new or continued AmeriCorps grant support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service, which is located with the New Jersey Department of State's Division of Programs, will distribute the more than $2.9 million in funding to organizations selected in a highly competitive process. Montclair State University - which runs the EECO and Bonner Leader AmeriCorps Programs - is one of them, with over $265,000 allotted in grant money.
"Civic-minded service is an essential part of the solution to many of the social challenges facing our communities," said Lt. Governor Guadagno, who oversees the Division of Programs in her dual capacity as Secretary of State. "With this support, AmeriCorps members will continue their fine work in meeting pressing local needs while strengthening the fabric of communities throughout New Jersey. In doing so, they will develop essential civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime."
Bonner Leaders Rebuild Homes after Sandy - June 16-June 22, 2013
This year's annual summer service project took members of the Bonner Leader AmeriCorps Program to Keansburg, NJ, where seven Bonner Leaders - along with four other Red Hawks - spent a week rebuilding the house of a local resident, which had been severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy last October.
The volunteers teamed up with A Future With Hope, a local nonprofit organization that assists vulnerable or marginalized populations affected by Hurricane Sandy in rebuilding their homes. They installed drywall and spackle in four of the home's six rooms, including a dining room, living room, bedroom, and hallway.
"This trip is just one of the many service projects we participate in," says Bonner Leader Alexis Almeida. "It made a great impact on everyone who took the time to help."
By the end of the week, the home had been dry-walled and spackled - and readied for the next group of volunteers to continue the lengthy process of reconstruction. "There were times when the work was difficult and the volunteers struggled," Alexis admits, "but...the students really came out of their shells and learned firsthand how important service is. Service trips like these inspire students to make a difference in the world, and shows that positive changes can be made."
Sustainability in Action: Summer Service-Learning Course (ANTH414) - June 9-June 14, 2013
This June, a small group of Service-Learning students travelled for a 5-day excursion to EcoVillage, a co-housing living community in Ithaca, New York whose residents live and work sustainably to reduce their overall environmental footprint. Residents work cooperatively to sustain a number of community gardens and organic farms in EcoVillage and support local alternative energy projects.
Students with the Service-Learning Program were given a unique opportunity to experience the successes and challenges of living and working sustainably in a co-housing community, and gained valuable field experience working on one of EcoVillage's organic farms. They met with residents to learn about sustainable food and community building in the Ithaca area.
For more information about EcoVillage, visit http://ecovillageithaca.org/evi/.
Bonner Leaders Graduate!
Bonner Leader Jose Miguel Rodas was one of two graduating seniors to address an audience of families and peers, at this year's College of Education and Human Services convocation ceremony on May 20, 2013.
"In the past, we were told that if we wanted to become the person we wish to be, we needed to work hard, and stay motivated in order to confront all sorts of obstacles," Jose began. "It is always those obstacles that will define us, how strong we can and are willing to be...." (Read more from Jose's Convocation Speech!)
Jose was with the Bonner Leader AmeriCorps Program at MSU for three years, during which time he served an average of 10 hours a week - and 300 hours a year - at the Montclair Charles H. Bullock School and Orange High School. He graduates with seven other Bonner Leaders this Spring.
Challenges of Connection: Service-Learning and Community Needs
November 3, 2012 - Dr. Paula Mathieu
Dr. Mathieu is the author of Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition (Boynton/Cook, 2005), Associate Professor of English and Director of the First-Year Writing Program, Boston College. Her talk is titled: The Challenges of Connection: Community Writing, Activism, and Bridging the University Classroom.
When: November 3, 2011, 6:15 PM
Where: Student Center, Room 419
Her visit is sponsored by the English Department Visiting Writers Committee, the First-Year Writing Program, and the Service-Learning and Community Engagement Program. She addresses the challenges of institutionally directed service-learning and meeting the needs of the "street" or community.
Service-Learning and Community Engagement Awards Program June 8, 2011
Where: Kops Lounge, Russ Hall
When: June 8, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm Open to the Public, Please RSVP!
On June 8, 2011, the Research Academy for University Learning's Service-Learning and Community Engagement Program will hold its annual awards program to honor and recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to advancing and sustaining the mission and goals of the Program. Faculty, staff, and community partners will be recognized with Outstanding Student of the Year, Outstanding Community Partner of the Year, and Outstanding Faculty member of the Year for their dedicated work and distinguished commitment to service-learning and community engagement, a critical element in creating engaged learning environments for Montclair State students.
This year, Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, co-author of Higher Education and Democracy and distinguished service-learning scholar, will present the keynote speech.
As part of the awards ceremony, we will also honor and celebrate Dr. Marybeth Henry, Ph.D., Professor, Family and Child Studies Department, who will be retiring this year. Dr. Henry has been part of the Montclair State family for over 25 years, and as co-founder of Montclair State’s service-learning program, she has dedicated a significant part of her teaching, service, and scholarship to service-learning and experiential education. By any measure, Dr. Henry’s many contributions to experiential education through her work in service-learning, cooperative education, and internships have made an enduring and indelible mark on the university, its students and the extended communities it serves.
The awards program will be held in Kops Lounge in Russ Hall, between 2:00pm - 3:30pm. A reception for Dr. Henry will be held following the program. To RSVP, please contact Bryan Murdock at: email@example.com or 973.655.6831.
Medicare Under the Knife: A Panel Discussion on Medicare Reform
When: Monday, May 2, 2011 1:00-2:30PM
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
What: Panel Discussion by Montclair State Students and Pine Ridge of Montclair Senior Citizens
Free and open to students and the public! | Refreshments immediately following the event
Panel Presentations Include:
Proposed Changes to Medicare: Effects on people under age 55 - Anna Waller, Montclair State University
Combatting Medicare fraud: One person at a time - Joe Felipe, Montclair State University - Sharon Sandusky, Pine Ridge of Montclair & host, News & Views Local Access TV 34
Institutional fraud: New solutions versus improved enforcement - Kristen Menaldo, Montclair State University - Adele Vick, Pine Ridge of Montclair
Balancing the budget: Making healthcare affordable for seniors - Jonathan Feuer, Montclair State University - Mary Martin, Pine Ridge of Montclair
Q&A Following Panel Discussion
For more information contact Bryan Murdock at 973-655-6831 or firstname.lastname@example.org