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Service-Learning Center awards grants

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 32 - May 30, 1996

The Service-Learning Center has awarded three Faculty Incentive Grants of $3,000 each to departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Psychology received the grant to assist in the continuation of the Blood Alcohol Concentration Feedback and Education project in Blacksburg. The Department of Biology grant will assist in the implementation of the Stroubles Creek Project, and the Department of English will use its grant in the implementation of its course on Becoming Readers and Writers: What It Means to be Literate, in which participants work with the conversation partners (international students) at Cranwell Center and with second graders at Margaret Beeks Elementary, helping them work on the Internet and produce a class magazine.

The departments will integrate a community-service component into the course, in collaboration with at least one representative from a community-based agency or school and one graduate or undergraduate student. The courses will be designated service-learning courses and will incorporate the Service-Learning Center's standard procedures for placement, training, and evaluation of students.

The Faculty Incentive Grant program was made possible by a grant from the Corporation for National Service. The purpose of the program is to promote the development of service-learning initiatives across the colleges of the university, as well as to broaden the discussion of the meaning of university outreach and service.