May 31, 2002
Service Learning Awards Presented at UW-RF
UW-River Falls recipients of the fourth annual Service Learning Awards of Excellence were recognized at a ceremony in the President's Room of Hagestad Student Center on May 13. Chancellor Ann Lydecker presented the awards to one agency, one student, one academic staff person and one faculty member, to honor them for their participation in projects that served the community.
Lutheran Home in River Falls received the Service Learning Award of Excellence for an agency, for the work the activities department has done with social work students. Each semester, staff members and students have worked together on a project with the elderly, such as a craft project for a holiday or an outdoor planting.
Said social work Assistant Professor Ruth Kalms, who nominated the agency, "Each group of students has come away with a greater appreciation of the elderly and the role of group work in our world, as well as a desire to continue relationships with elderly individuals." Accepting the award were Roxy Sukowatey of the Lutheran Home of River Falls, Glenda Zielski, the director of WelHaven in River Falls, and Angel Stoddard of the Lutheran Home Kids Care Center in Woodville.
Joseph Frost, a junior from Hastings, Minn., majoring in art education, received the Service Learning Award of Excellence for a student. Frost spent more than 100 hours on a mural in the Chalmer Davee Library, traveled to the Wisconsin State Art Conference with art Professor Lynn Jermal to co-present a workshop on service learning, and spent many productive hours with the elementary and high school students he was student teaching.
Nominator Florence Monsour, director of Wisconsin Partnerships in Service Learning, said Frost will be recognized by President Bush for his contributions with the Presidential Student Service Award.
Nanette Dupre of River Falls, program assistant for the National Service Learning Exchange, received the Service Learning Award of Excellence for academic and support staff. The Exchange is a national network of experienced service learning practitioners who have volunteered to assist others with their service learning projects and programs. The North Central office, located on the campus of UW-RF, works specifically with 10 states in the Upper Midwest.
Dupre was nominated by Monsour and Linda Jacobson, director of the North Central Service Learning Exchange Regional Center, who said Dupre served an invaluable role in keeping the communications and information management systems current and useful.
Said Stanley Potts CESA 11 at the Regional Development Institute, who also nominated Dupre, "Nanette exemplifies the kind of staff member it takes to ensure the success of any program. She is diligent, persistent and accurate, and always gets the job done."
Forestry and environmental education Professor Mike Kaltenberg of Roberts received the Service Learning Award of Excellence for faculty, for integrating service learning into two of his courses.
As a result, his university students work as mentors with elementary and secondary students. For five years, they have worked with the River Falls Meyer Middle School "Caretakers of the Earth" program, participating in field trips, arranging guest speakers to address environmental issues, instructing the students and conducting an environmental project.
Kaltenberg was nominated by Monsour, who said, "Not only has Mike engaged his students in service learning, but he also has personally served as a mentor to the middle school students."
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