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May 25, 2001

Service Learning Awards Bestowed at UW-RF

UW-River Falls recipients of the third annual Service Learning Award of Excellence were recognized at a ceremony in the Presidentıs Room of Hagestad Student Center on May 2. Chancellor Ann Lydecker presented the awards to one agency, one student, two faculty members and one academic staff person, to honor them for their participation in projects that served the community.

Glenwood City School District received the Service Learning Award of Excellence for an agency. Teachers at the middle school in Glenwood City have undertaken a variety of projects with their middle-level students, including forest management, stream cleanup, work with the elderly in a retirement home and more.

"This is a district that has done an extensive job of integrating service learning," said Florence Monsour, director of Wisconsin Partnerships in Service Learning and nominator of all the recipients this year,

Kari Klocke, who received the Service Learning Award of Excellence for a student, is a junior from Hayfield, Minn., majoring in broad area art education. Klocke contributed close to 200 hours to design and paint a mural for a River Falls book store. She contributed another 44 hours at the middle school in New Richmond, providing assistance to the art teacher.

"She has been an outstanding student and one of the hardest workers I have ever seen," said Monsour. "Because of the amount of time and hours spent on the projects, her name has been forwarded for consideration for President Bushıs service learning award."

Kelly Cain, professor of plant and earth science, and Ruth Kalms, professor of social work, received the Service Learning Award of Excellence for Faculty.

Cain has incorporated service learning into five of the courses he teaches. In a new course that he developed with an associate, he and a small group of students traveled to Jamaica to help protect the local coral reef and work with some children at the school there.

He has worked on the Service Learning Implementation Team since its inception, providing leadership and making a national and local presentation on the merits of service learning.

Said Monsour, "Kelly Cain represents the philosophy behind service learning."

Kalms also incorporates service learning into her courses as a requirement. Students in her social welfare policy course worked with Wisconsin legislative committees on a variety of topics, including minors and tobacco, children and families, and campaign finance reform.

She has served on the service learning implementation team since its inception, and has made four national presentations and one local presentation on the merits of service learning

Monsour said of Kalms, "Ruth is a role model to her students."

Sally Berkholder received the award in the academic and support staff category for her efforts to inform students about service learning and provide information to nonprofit agencies. "Sally has been instrumental in the growth and development of service learning on our campus," said Monsour.

Service learning is a form of experiential learning based on the application of knowledge, skills, critical thinking and wise judgment to address genuine community needs.

The Service Learning Award of Excellence is sponsored by two grants: the 2x4x8 grant and a grant from Wisconsin Partnerships in Service Learning. The award is granted annually for each of the four categories.

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