than 200 educators from six southern states will gather on the Mississippi
Gulf Coast Feb. 20-21 to focus on a variety of issues related to
service-learning, which combines education with service for the
betterment of students and communities alike.
The first annual
Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning, Community Engagement and
Higher Education is expected to attract service learning professionals
including 20 chief academic officers from Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee to The University
of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park Conference Center in Long Beach.
Center for Community and Civic Engagement and the university's Office
of Community Service-Learning comprise the leadership team that
spearheaded organization of the summit, which will feature some
36 presentations and workshops on such topics as service-learning
research, ethics and courses in the sciences. A second Gulf South
Summit is scheduled to take place in New Orleans in 2004 under the
leadership of Tulane University.
has a distinguished record of support for service-learning, and
we are committed to ensuring that our graduates leave with a strong
ethic of service and citizenship," Southern Miss President
Shelby Thames said in a letter to summit participants. "Southern
Miss was the... first Mississippi institution to create an Office
of Community Service-Learning dedicated entirely to supporting local
community service and service-learning initiatives."
summit the first-ever such event in the six-state region
will focus on such issues as the current status of service-learning
and civic engagement in the nation; the benefits of building and
sustaining university/community partnerships for students, faculty,
community agencies and educational institutions; and indicators
and the development of service-learning and civic engagement infrastructures
within higher education institutions as a means of institutional
and faculty renewal.
Zlotkowski, who will serve as facilitator of a seminar for chief
academic officers on opening day from 9 a.m. to noon. He is a professor
of English at Bentley College, a senior associate at the American
Association for Higher Education and a senior faculty fellow at
Shields, who will be keynote speaker for the summit's opening session
that Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. She is assistant provost for academic
service-learning at Vanderbilt University the first such
position to exist in the country and also serves as an education
associate at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Health Promotion
Center, and as a professor of the practice of human and organizational
Giles, who will be keynote speaker for an 8:30-9:15 a.m. plenary
session that Friday. He instructs courses in learning and curriculum
and institutional change at the Graduate College of Education, University
of Massachusetts, Boston, where he serves as professor of higher
education administration and senior associate at the New England
Resource Center for Higher Education.
for the keynote speakers will be Dr. Jay Grimes, provost for Southern
Miss's Hattiesburg campus and professor of marine sciences; Dr.
Joe Paul, Southern Miss vice president for student affairs; and
Dr. Dick Conville, a Southern Miss professor of speech communication
and service-learning faculty liaison.
awards will be distributed during the summit one to recognize
a creative collaboration in a service-learning project and another
to recognize a service-learning practitioner.
Center for Civic and Community Engagement, directed by Dr. Tom Schnaubelt,
is a University of Southern Mississippi-based program that promotes
community service learning and academics among youth through a variety
of after-school and service-learning programs across the state.
Established in November 2000 by the state Institutions of Higher
Learning, the state Department of Education and the Mississippi
Commission for Volunteer Service, the center fosters partnerships
between K-12 schools, institutions of higher learning and local
nonprofit entities; and develops programs that integrate service
opportunities with learning.
For more information,
contact Vickie Nudelman, information and communication coordinator,
CCCE, at (601) 266-6913, fax (601) 266-6886 or e-mail email@example.com.
The center's Web page may be accessed at www.ccce.usm.edu.