Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), works to improve science education by focusing on real world problems and, by so doing, extends the impact of this learning across the curriculum to the broader community and society. Recently, the organization selected nine faculty members and administers to serve 18-month terms as SENCER Leadership Fellows. Two individuals from MNCC member campuses have received this honor: Dr. Richard Dunning, from Normandale Community College, and Dr. Linda Fuselier, from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Dunning has undertaken a sabbatical project to develop student activities around Mississippi River related issues as a way to help students better engage in the class and in key local environmental issues. Over the previous decade he has developed and taught Environmental Geology, a course that relates the science of geology in relation to key environmental issues. Over the past four years, he has been the PI for an S-STEM scholarship program, work that has connected him to students from a wider range of scientific disciplines and has helped him appreciate some of the concerns they are dealing with.
Fuselier will continue to facilitate a learning group including faculty from economics, biology, philosophy, physics, and women’s and gender studies in their grant-funded project to design SENCER-based course modules for biology and physics courses. The group is working on a course designed around Red River Valley floods and a SENCER-based module on ultrasound techniques for an introductory Physics course, both of which will be implemented in the next year.
Augsburg College is one of six colleges and universities receiving Presidential Awards in the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.
The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
The College of Saint Benedict and Metropolitan State University, were recognized on the Honor Roll With Distinction.
Other Minnesota Honor Roll institutions include:
- Carleton College
- Central Lakes College
- Century College
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Inver Hills Community College
- Macalester College
- Minnesota School of Business-Rochester
- Normandale Community College
- North Hennepin Community College
- Saint John’s University
- St. Cloud State University
- St. Olaf College
- University of Minnesota, Crookston
- University of St. Thomas
- Winona State University
Congratulations to all of these campuses for their extraordinary commitments to serving their communities.
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By Meghan Aanenson
In honor of MLK Day, twelve Normandale Community College students gathered at Make-a-Wish Foundation to assemble wish bags for children who have been diagnosed with a life threatening medical condition. After a wonderful orientation highlighting the organization’s history, the process of granting a wish, the critical role of volunteers, and the stories of incredible wishes granted to children around the world, the students were excited to start their projects.
Wish bags are brought to the child at the very first meeting between the family and Wish Granting volunteer. This volunteer works directly with the family to help plan the child’s wish from start to finish. Filled with age-appropriate books, toys, and gifts, wish bags help the child open up and get comfortable with the volunteer.
The Normandale students also decorated boxes, each filled with a paper chain link, that are sent to a child’s home 30 days before their wish takes place. The paper chain is a great visual countdown; each day a link is removed until the day the child’s wish is granted.
So much of Make-a-Wish-Foundation’s work is driven by volunteers. Because of the dedication of individuals and groups like the Normandale students, over 3,000 wishes have been granted in Minnesota over the past 28 years.