2014-15 Service Learning Magazine Contents

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Building a Service-Learning Culture - BY STEPHEN BLACK View as a pdf. Service learning is a natural fit for higher education and a practice that creates tremendous benefits for all involved: students learn hands-on skills, meaningful ways to give back to their community and a deepened sense of societal obligation; nonprofit organizations utilize students’ knowledge and manpower; and faculty and educational institutions provide exceptional learning ...Read More
Engineering students create clean-energy devices using inexpensive and recycled items. - ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT  |  PHOTOS BY SHANNON AUVIL View this article as a pdf. College is intended to prepare young adults for the real world, but in Nitin Chopra’s Advanced Energy class, students are already affecting the real world from inside the classroom. After participating in the UA Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility’s Faculty Fellows in Service Learning ...Read More
During a yearlong course, students learn to see the world from others’ perspectives while telling stories of justice and injustice. - ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT  |  PHOTOS BY HARISH RAO, JAMIE MOON AND KAYLIN BOWEN View this article as a pdf. The University of Alabama’s Documenting Justice film course offers a rare opportunity for students to step outside their comfort zones and see the world from someone else’s perspective, says award-winning filmmaker and Documenting Justice director Andrew Grace. “In the process ...Read More
As a driving force behind Black Warrior Riverkeeper, UA students help ensure clean drinking water for many Alabamians. - ARTICLE BY KATIE SANDERS  |  PHOTOS BY SHANNON AUVIL, MICA AGUILAR AND ERYN TURNER View this article as a pdf.   University of Alabama students are the primary manpower source for a nonprofit organization working to protect the Black Warrior River watershed, which supplies drinking water in west and central Alabama and has appeared on a list of the United ...Read More
UA students are a vital component of a groundbreaking program that is building emotional intelligence in children around the globe. - ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER  |  PHOTOS BY JEFF HANSON, ERIN REILLY, MIRANDA BARRETT AND ALLIE NEWMAN View this article as a pdf. Since the late 1990s, hundreds of University of Alabama students have been involved in a program that has helped more than 1,000 elementary-school children recognize and manage their strong emotions, and now UA students are paving the way ...Read More
Business students help under-represented and disadvantaged community members learn skills needed in today’s job market. - ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON AND POPI LEDBETTER View this article as a pdf. During a conversation in August 2014, Lisa McKinney, an accounting lecturer at The University of Alabama, and David Hose, a business graduate student, discovered they had similar ideas about community service – they wanted to be involved, but weren’t sure what they ...Read More
UA students tell the story of an often-overlooked crime that marked a turning point in the civil rights movement. - ARTICLE BY EMILY WILLIAMS View this article as a pdf. While some classes teach students about history and current events, The University of Alabama’s Anatomy of a Trial course lets students play a role in telling the story. Through the yearlong, multidisciplinary course, students research a single issue related to the Alabama justice system, examining it from multiple angles, and ...Read More
Nutrition students partner with nonprofit organizations, using knowledge gained through years of classes at UA to enlighten lives. - ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER   |  PHOTOS BY HARISH RAO, ZACH RIGGINS, SHANNON AUVIL AND ERIN REILLY View this article as a pdf. Witnessing a 10-year-old happily holding a heaping plate of salad is a rare experience for anyone, but for Hannah Henrichs it had special meaning – because she was the reason behind it. “To see a kid eating salad ...Read More
UA students cultivate LED-light technology for disinfecting drinking water and saving lives in developing countries. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON AND MELODY SCHMIDT View this article as a pdf. The idea of using LED light to purify water might sound like something from a futuristic science-fiction movie, but thanks to a group of chemical engineering students at The University of Alabama, the future might be closer than you think. As part ...Read More
Social-work students practice full time in Washington, D.C., assisting and advocating for clients from all walks of life. - ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as a pdf. All social-work students want to change the world for the better, but learning how to do that requires training and experience, says Carroll Phelps, instructor and internship coordinator for The University of Alabama School of Social Work. For the past 35 years, the University has offered students pursuing social work ...Read More
UA students address the vision-care problems of Alabama’s youngest residents through FocusFirst. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS View this article as a pdf. Alabama leads the nation in diagnosing and addressing vision problems in children ages 6 months to 5 years, thanks to FocusFirst, an initiative of the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. College students provide free, high-tech vision screenings to children across the state, and many receive academic credit for ...Read More
UA students partner with communities to tackle economic, health and education challenges in one of the nation’s poorest regions. - ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT AND OLIVIA GRIDER  |  PHOTOS BY ZACH RIGGINS AND MADALYN YOUNG View this article as a pdf.   Since its launch in May 2013, The University of Alabama’s 57 Miles Perry County Partnership, which gives UA students opportunities to address rural poverty in one of America’s poorest places, has nearly doubled in size. Located 57 miles ...Read More
Nursing students teach bicycle-safety lessons at Tuscaloosa-area schools and fit kids with free bike helmets. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON View this article as a pdf. They often say the best offense is a good defense. Nursing students enrolled in a community-health class are living out this mantra, learning the importance of public-health education and prevention. Through a service-learning class, nursing students at the University of Alabama teach bicycle safety to ...Read More
UA students use art as a medium to help kids talk about race, class and society. - ARTICLE BY EMILY WILLIAMS | PHOTOS BY POPI LEDBETTER AND MATTHEW WOOD View this article as a pdf. In 2008, art enthusiast Paul R. Jones donated a 1,700-piece collection of African American art to The University of Alabama, establishing the College of Arts and Sciences’ Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art. This past fall, the collection served as a ...Read More
Students teach creative-writing classes to kids in Tuscaloosa elementary, middle and high schools. - ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT | PHOTOS BY MIRANDA BARRETT, MICA AGUILAR, HARISH RAO AND SHANNON AUVIL View this article as a pdf. University of Alabama students are teaching kids to let their imaginations run wild as part of creative writing classes in Tuscaloosa-area public schools. UA Writers in the Schools, a student-led program, sends UA students into elementary, middle and ...Read More
UA students help English-language learners in Tuscaloosa schools while sharpening their own Spanish-speaking skills. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS | PHOTOS BY ERIN REILLY AND POPI LEDBETTER View this article as a pdf. When it comes to learning a foreign language, experts say the best method is to immerse oneself in it. Studying abroad might be the most popular way college students go about immersion, but Spanish majors and minors at The University of Alabama ...Read More
UA students create custom fitness and training plans for young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS | PHOTOS BY MICA AGUILAR AND ELIZABETH WOODRUFF Click here to view this article as a pdf. University of Alabama students in KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education are proving the sky is the limit by helping young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities reach new heights in physical fitness and sports. UA students in the course ...Read More
Engineering students explore other cultures while improving living environments in impoverished regions. - ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT AND OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as a pdf. College should be a time of discovery, adventure and embracing new ideas, but many students have hardly left their home states, let alone the country. Philip Johnson, associate professor of engineering at The University of Alabama, saw this problem and decided to expose students to different ways ...Read More
UA/Pre-K Partnership delivers an array of academic and medical services to preschoolers and their families. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY MIRANDA BARRETT AND MELODY SCHMIDT Click here to view this article as a pdf. What began seven years ago as a program to identify Tuscaloosa’s academically at-risk, 4-year-old children and provide them the best health and education services possible has grown into a nationally unique collaboration between The University of Alabama and local ...Read More
UA students develop and run the West End Health Project, a weekly medical-screening clinic. - ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON View this article as a pdf. Every Wednesday afternoon, University of Alabama student volunteers arrive at the McDonald Hughes Community Center in west Tuscaloosa and convert a portion of the building into a temporary medical center. They are a part of the West End Health Project, a health-monitoring and education clinic ...Read More
UA students prepare high schoolers for AP math, science and English classes. - ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as a pdf.   Rhianna Brown, a student at Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, dreams of becoming a veterinarian, but her hopes were clouded when she made a C in her ninth-grade biology class. “That was horrible,” she recalls. When she heard a free prep class was being offered at The University ...Read More
Through school gardens, students teach kids about math, science and nutrition. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY KAYLIN BOWEN AND POPI LEDBETTER Click here to view this article as a pdf. While many students are drawn to service-learning courses because they give them the opportunity to promote positive growth in their communities, students in one course also strive for a more literal growth. Through UH 120 Let’s Grow, honors students ...Read More
Alabama Action students renovate elementary schools and mentor children. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY JEFF HANSON AND MATTHEW WOOD View this article as a pdf. Some University of Alabama freshmen waste no time when it comes to getting involved on campus and giving back to their newly adopted community. This is the case for those who take part in Alabama Action, an Honors College program that gives ...Read More
Students learn the benefits of chess for children while teaching the game in Tuscaloosa schools. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS AND COURTNEY STOKES | PHOTOS BY ALAINA CLARK AND MICA AGUILAR View this article as a pdf.   When Kayla Montgomery signed up for the Every Move Counts course on the advice of her roommate , she didn’t know what to expect. Now, after participating in the program over multiple semesters, Montgomery describes UH 333 Every ...Read More
UA students provide free income-tax preparation to low-income families. - ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS AND OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as a pdf. Learning about poverty in a class is one thing. Experiencing it firsthand, however, especially within one’s own community, is another thing entirely. Students enrolled in the Poverty, Faith and Justice in America course discuss misperceptions about people living in poverty while offering free tax-preparation services to low-income, ...Read More
One-year fellowship provides service-learning training and support to faculty members. - ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT View this article as a pdf. University of Alabama president Judy Bonner [right] and Stephen Black [left], director of the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility, with members of the 2013-14 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning class and Teri Henley [by Black], coordinator of the program.  Launched in 2007, the Faculty Fellows in Service Learning ...Read More