SL/CE Stories & UP-dates

This is the space to keep abreast of cool things that are happening in Upstate’s SL/CE world. Here you’ll find information about professional development opportunities, celebrations & awards, and ways we all can collaborate to better reach our students and our community

  • SL/CE Teacher of the Year 2021-22
    Matthew Brisebois, is our SL/CE Teacher of the Year for 2021-22. This year we have combined our SL/CE faculty awards into one. Matthew is Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health where he teaches Sport Nutrition as Service Learning every semester, and every semester engages hisContinue reading “SL/CE Teacher of the Year 2021-22”
  • Collaboratory – April/May 22
    Capturing the amazing community-engaged activities happening across campus.This month’s update includes:– Drawing winners– Call to contribute– Progress update NEWS-AT-A-GLANCE April Drawing Winners: Alex Lorenz & Adrian Smith May Drawing Winners: Freda Sue & Araceli Hernandez-Laroche Total Activities Captured: 149 (up 33) Activities Claimed & Published: 74 (up 23) Top Contributing Unit: El Centro Top PopulationContinue reading “Collaboratory – April/May 22”
  • Ready to Explore SL/CE?
    Considering offering your students richer content through experiential, community relevant learning? Let’s chat: over coffee, on a walk around the quad, or via Teams. Summer is a time of dreams. Let’s dream together! GO BIG:– Integrate 15-25 hours of direct or indirect service where students learn from community partners and their experience while practicing whatContinue reading “Ready to Explore SL/CE?”
  • SL/CE Showcase
    Come hear stories from your colleagues in a TEDx style format and celebrate SL/CE at Upstate. Join us in CLC 309 for a sandwich & salad buffet lunch @ 11:45. Sessions start run from 12:00 to 2:30. Prefer to attend virtually? We’ll stream on Bb Collaborate.Can’t make it on 4/1? Sessions will be recorded &Continue reading “SL/CE Showcase”
  • NEW Coffee & Conversation Program
    To encourage the connections which enhance student retention (Song, et al, 2018), OSL/CE is happy to announce a Coffee & Conversation program for active SL/CE courses and reviewed SL/CE extracurricular activities. Get your tickets here!  Best Practice Suggestion:Best SL/CE (& other assessment) literature suggests replacing a formal written reflection with a reflective conversation for aContinue reading “NEW Coffee & Conversation Program”
  • Collaboratory Update – March ’22
    Capturing the amazing community-engaged activities happening across campus. This month’s update includes: – Drawing winners – Call to contribute – Progress update NEWS-AT-A-GLANCE February Drawing Winners: Bridget Kirkland & Michele Covington March Drawing Winners: Hannah Terpack & Stephanie Barnhill Total Activities Captured: 116 Activities Claimed & Published: 51 Top Contributing Unit: El Centro Top PopulationContinue reading “Collaboratory Update – March ’22”
  • SL/CE Development & Support
    Upcoming & recorded professional development opportunities. An invitation to hear students’ voices at this year’s USC Upstate Research Symposium. And reminders of how OSL/CE supports officially designated SL, SE, & CE courses. SL/CE Course ShowcaseFriday, 4/1; CLC 309; Lunch @ 11:45, Sessions @ 12. Check out the related blog post! Come hear stories from yourContinue reading “SL/CE Development & Support”
  • SL/CE Roundtable
    Join us Tuesday, February 1 from 2:30-3:30 for a roundtable discussion with some of Upstate’s SL/CE stars. Join Michele Covington (Criminal Justice), Tasha Thomas (English), and Ginny Webb (Biology) in discussing their favorite SL/CE projects, retention & SL/CE, and MORE! We’ve shifted to virtual format. Join us via Bb or dial in @ 571-392-7650 usingContinue reading “SL/CE Roundtable”
  • Collaboratory Update & Participation Award Drawing
    Maria Montesó and Ron Patane have each won $50 Upstate Bookstore gift cards in our first Collaboratory Participation Award Drawing. Each month this spring, two $50 Upstate Bookstore gift cards will be awarded to randomly selected faculty & staff who own one or more published community engagement activities in Collaboratory. At the Reimagine Summit, aContinue reading “Collaboratory Update & Participation Award Drawing”
  • SL/CE & Retention: What the Research Shows
    Retention is a natural component of service-learning. We have long known that students persist and achieve better when they are actively engaged in their learning, rather than being passive recipients of imparted knowledge (Astin, 1992, Kuh, 2005, Tinto 2006). Service-learning offers transformational experiences (Eyler & Giles, 1999) by placing students in a constant state ofContinue reading “SL/CE & Retention: What the Research Shows”