Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
What's New in Service Learning
SEEE ME (Sustainable Engineering, Education & Economics)
Led by retired professor of Civil Engineering Dr. William Grenney, SEEE ME is a non-profit that provides help to rural communities and orphanages in Uganda. Dr. Sonia Manuel-Dupont leads teams of USU students every summer to work in the areas of public health, education and engineering. Many USU Service-Learning Scholars have completed their service hours and capstone projects through their participation in this outstanding program. To learn more, contact Dr. Manuel-Dupont at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit SeeeMe.org.
ENVS 1990: Exploring Environmental Issues & Passions
Taught by Dr. Robert Schmidt, this course explores the development of environmental passions through hands-on service with a local community partner, readings and reflection. This spring, students will work with Aggie Blue Bikes, read Hearts on Fire by J. Iscol & P. Cookston and learn about ethical consumerism and non-profit development. The focus of the course changes each semester.
Communicating Sustainability - ENVS 4700
Taught by Dr. Roslynn Brain, this course will explore the theoretical foundation and application of using education and communication strategies in our collective efforts to nudge society toward a sustainable future. This course is geared toward those who will be working with various stakeholders and the general public in a variety of formal and nonformal settings, developing programs with goals relating to sustainability. As part of this course, students will consult with a community partner to develop and implement a comprehensive sustainability strategic, communication and outreach plan.
quotes from students
"The service-learning project was the single most useful thing I have done since starting school. It was such a contrast to the traditional class and challenged me in ways that I imagine a future job might." -USU Student
"I love what we learned, and I love that you helped us learn how to ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE." - USU Student
"I really loved it - this is the first class I've truly felt has prepared me for the real world - and a future career." - USU Student