Service-Learning Course & Project Examples

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Natural Sciences / Biology - Dr. Tate Holbrook

Dr. Tate Holbrook and his Conservative Biology students spent the fall 2014 semester working with St Simons Land Trust as well as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for their service-learning project. Dr. Holbrook’s students completed a hands-on project with Canon's Point Preserve -- a nature preserve on St Simons Island. Some of the projects completed include initiating a butterfly monitoring program, invasive species identification and removal activity and a “living shoreline restoration” project – an alternative approach to stabilizing the bank of a tidal creek using native plants and oysters. Ultimately, the goal of the service-learning project was to utilize methods and knowledge from the course to assess the impact of the project on the biological community at Canon's Point.

Natural Sciences / Chemistry - Dr. Andrea Wallace (Cross-Disciplinary Project)

In an effort to benefit America Second Harvest’s “Feeding the Hungry Campaign,” Dr. Andrea Wallace’s Introductory Chemistry class cooked up a special service-learning project during summer term 2015. The project was a second iteration of a cook-off event that happened in a similar fashion last year. A cohort of students majoring in Culinary Arts enrolled in Dr. Wallace’s Chemistry course worked with America’s Second Harvest, a local food bank in Glynn County, to create recipes for nutritious meals out of items from Second Harvest’s shelves. The students were able to show off their chemistry skills by counting calories and other nutrition information, and were able to create tasty and meals from readily-available ingredients. Items such as garbanzo beans and green chili peppers can be difficult to distribute because they are not a common recipe ingredient in southeastern Georgia. The 2015 Culinary Cook-Off Contest for America’s Second Harvest drew approximately 100 attendees and collected over $200 in cash donations and over 50 canned / boxed food items and paper goods.

Nursing & Health Sciences - Dr. Lydia Watkins

In the Nursing Care of Children course, Dr. Lydia Watkins and her students worked with several organizations within Glynn County. The students worked in groups to create a teaching project, determine a topic and age group they want to teach, and which organization in which to complete their project. Using the nursing process (assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating), the group collaborated to implement a teaching project to address specific health needs of a pediatric/adolescent population.The groups reviewed literature, determined an educational need with the community partner, and planed/presented the material to Boys & Girls Club, Coastal Coalition for Children, or the Safe Harbor Children’s Center adolescent populations. Project topics ranged from nutrition, hand-washing, dental hygiene, anti-bullying, social media safety, STD's, sun safety, and exercise.

Public Management / Communications - Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham

Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham’s Public Communication students completed two service-learning projects with community partners Camden Community Alliance and Resources, Inc. and Coastal Coalition for Children. Students working with Camden Community Alliance completed a ‘social norms’ campaign intended to reduce teen drinking and increase adult awareness. Students worked to reinforce the social norm that most teens don’t drink, and also introduced a ‘fear’ campaign about the dangers of underage drinking. The second part of the project addressed the adult role in preventing teen drinking. For the Coastal Coalition for Children (CC4C) project, the class created a strategic marketing plan for CC4C.Students prepared an environmental scan, recommendations for fund-raising, news releases, speeches, etc. to give to CC4C.

Teacher Education - Dr. Sarah Hartman

Teacher candidates in the social studies methods senior-level course worked with 8th graders to teach social studies topics utilizing Palmetto Cemetery as a ‘living classroom.’ Teacher candidates selected a headstone to analyze and used public records to research the person, time period, or other significant information form the headstone. Paired with the research, teacher candidates developed lesson plans utilizing 8th grade teaching standards. Through a grant from the Center for Service-Learning, the professor was able to provide funding for transportation for fifty-five 8th grade students from Glynn Middle School to take a field trip to the cemetery. The teacher candidates were able to share their lessons with the 8th graders to expose them to social studies content such as slavery, the two World Wars, and Jimmy Carter.

Business - Dr. Jim Fullerton

The Environment of Business course taught by Dr. Jim Fullerton strives to provide context about how businesses and non-profit organizations operate within communities.The service-learning component of the course enabled the students to gain a better understanding of the interrelationships between business, government, and non-profits, which are the "BIG THREE" sectors within communities. Projects for this semester included student groups that were tasked with: 1) Developing a Facebook page for Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation and training their staff how to use/update it; 2) promoting Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ “Green Scene” sustainable office toolkit to area businesses; 3) organizing Goodwill clothing fashion show on campus and assisting with a community fundraiser; 4) working with Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County to construct two home sites located near campus and work with Habitat for Humanity’s Restore retail outlet; 5) assisting with animal care at the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia , and developing/adapting a coloring book with animal care tips for kids and; 6) tutoring and mentoring students in the ‘Real Life Program’ at the Boys and Girls Club’s Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center. While engaged in the above-listed projects, students learned the unique nature of business and funding a non-profit organization.

Mathematics - Dr. Laura Lynch

Students in a Quantitative Skills and Reasoning course, led by Dr. Laura Lynch, completed a service-learning project where students visited one of three middle schools that are co-located with a Boys & Girls Club units (Needwood, Risley, and Jane Macon middle schools). Students had two responsibilities each week: 1) to compete in a fantasy football tournament working one-on-one with individual middle school students, and 2) to complete a mathematic score calculation assignment with the middle school students that compute the fantasy football team’s score based on actual college football games. Getting students involved in mathematics tutoring/mentoring early – in their freshman or sophomore year – assures students that their major (typically math or education majors) and career path are the correct choices for the students. The overall goal of the project is to get the middle school students to see that the mathematics they are working with is relevant, interesting, and useful.

Social Sciences / Psychology - Dr. Kimberly Kinsey Mannahan

Dr. Kimberly Kinsey Mannahan coordinated five student groups and five individual community partners for their Introduction to Human Services service-learning projects. Students were asked to utilize their human services course content and theories to meet community needs in several community agencies including the Grace House, Star Foundation, Inc., Faith Works, Inc., Safe Harbor Children’s Center, and Wayne County Service Center. Students working with Faith Works assisted with the development of “The Well” – a newly established homeless transition housing facility. Safe Harbor and their Children's Advocacy Group had help from students with resident intake assessment and interviewing. Within the Star Foundation organization, students created the "Attire for Hire" event where they asked for donations from local stores to create a boutique. The goal of the boutique was to provide professional clothing for participants in Star Foundation’s job readiness program. The goal of students working with Grace House – a sober living house for women – was to organize a cooking class, a donation drive for residents, and to prepare a grant resource to assist the Grace House employees with finding grant funding. Finally, four students working with Wayne County Service Center developed a recreation program for the day center for residents with physical and mental disabilities.

English - Dr. Elizabeth Wurz

Professor Elizabeth Wurz, along with her Children’s & Adolescent Literature students, examined the lack of multicultural children's literature on the shelves of public and school libraries. Their overall service project goal was to try to find a possible solution for writers and teachers to obtain more literature that celebrates the rich history of the Golden Isles in a culturally diverse way. Though they did not work with a particular community partner, Dr. Wurz’s students managed to obtain their data through the Accelerated Reader online database and through visiting local libraries to observe the amount of multicultural literature available.

Social Sciences / Psychology - Dr. Carla Bluhm (Cross-Disciplinary Project)

Students enrolled in the course Psychology and Nutrition studied research, content, and theory related to the psychology of eating, drinking, and nutrition. The service-learning component of Dr. Carla Bluhm’s course was comprised of working with Executive Chef and Visiting Professor, Matthew Raiford, and helping within the local organic gardening sector. One group worked on a cross-disciplinary service-learning project with Chef Raiford’s Dining Room Etiquette students to create a Dining Etiquette booklet that was used by CCGA staff and professors as well as the community at large. The class also studied pre-natal nutrition and – through a grant from the Center for Service-Learning – one student group had the opportunity to create organic and appropriate pre-natal boxes comprised of recipes and foods for pregnant women. The group donated the boxes to individuals through Glynn Care Center and Care Net Pregnancy Center. Another student group worked with the Boys & Girls Club to create a five-week, holistic nutrition and fitness program. The final student group created a nutrition plate that could help parents serve their children a variety of different colored nutritious foods.

Business / Marketing - Dr. George Dupuy

Dr. George Dupuy’s Market Research & Consumer Behavior students achieved better understanding of the course concepts and theories through their service-learning project. The class was split up into two teams each of which was tasked with gathering primary market research data in order to improve the community partner’s marketing efforts. Through focus groups and market research, student groups assisted and identified areas in which the Brunswick Community Concert Association could create a more effective marketing plan. Students identified several strategies that could boost the organizations’ event attendance, and to increase revenues. The project’s impacts on the organization were profound, and even lead the organization to change their name to Golden Isles Live!

American Studies / History - Dr. Patrizia Stahle

College of Coastal Georgia students served with Camden County High School (CCHS) students to provide tutoring, helping students, and assisting teachers in the classroom performing a variety of tasks. Service-learning students enrolled in Dr. Patrizia Stahle’s US History I course also helped in the CCHS library. Students performed their service-learning project at Camden High’s 9th Grade Center by tutoring freshmen students in social sciences or providing assistance to teachers in the classroom. Students were expected to keep a time log of their service hours, write reflection papers, and deliver a presentation at the end of the course to exhibit the connections between their service project and the course content.

Culinary - Chef Matthew Raiford (Cross-Disciplinary Project)

Students in a Dining Room Management course worked with a Psychology and Nutrition course to decorate the facility with educational nutrition signage. Students also worked together to create a Dining Etiquette booklet that was utilized internally at the College and externally to area schools and organizations.

American Studies / History - Dr. Chris Wilhelm

Brunswick has a unique history that was explored by Dr. Chris Wilhelm and History of Georgia his students. The class worked with City Commissioner Julie Martin on an initiative that she and others brought to fruition named Signature Squares of Brunswick. The students toured the squares and researched their historical significance. In addition, students researched Brunswick history and the history of public land use in Brunswick. For their service-learning project, the students created scripts for a podcast to raise public awareness if the public history of these wonderful Signature Squares of Brunswick.

Foreign Languages / Spanish - Jane Mortier

The academic nature of the Elementary Spanish II course is a continuation of Elementary Spanish I. Students enrolled in professor Mortier’s course became more communicably competent in the Spanish language through the service-learning project. They devoted 15 hours outside of the classroom to teaching basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary to 4th and 5th grade students at St. Marys Elementary School. Those students living and commuting from the Brunswick area worked to form an after school Spanish program at Burroughs-Molette Elementary school. Teaching the Spanish skills to younger students helped cement the basic classroom knowledge in the CCGA student’s minds.

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