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Coordinator(s):
Carol McCannon
Objective:

Unlocking your potential! This is at the center of the mission here at Community Service and Volunteerism. It is our intention to engage the University, its students, and faculty in positive community projects meant to broaden and strengthen the relationship with Morris and the surrounding area. This interaction fosters a better understanding between the school and town and improves student awareness of local issues and concerns; and works to make the planet a better place for inhabitants

Activities:

Some of the major projects and events coordinated by CSV throughout the year.

  • Welcome Weekend/Orientation Service Projects
  • Trick-Or-Can Food Drive: the UMM residence halls and CSV coordinate a collection in the Morris community of non-perishable food items. All donations go to the Stevens County Food Shelf.
  • Toys For Tots: throughout November and December, there is a collection of new, unwrapped toys which are later distributed to needy children in Stevens County
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day: we encourage students, staff, and faculty to brighten the day for others by writing personalized notes, sending candy packages, and paying random compliments.
  • Ice Cream and Lollipops Children's Art Show: following in the footsteps of a 25-year tradition, ICLC is an art show featuring work by first and second-grade elementary school students from throughout Stevens and Pope County .
  • Soup & Substance: CSV coordinates a series of issue-based panel discussions which are meant to bring together students in meaningful communication and enjoy hot soup.
  • Adopt-A-Grandparent:  UMM students are paired with a Morris senior
  • Partners with Habitat for Humanity, TREC, and Big Friend Little Friend
    Locks of Love Spring Event
Outcomes:

The number of contacts facilitated by CSV between students and “community members” increases.

Future Plans:

Launching a “Service for Supper” project that would bring together UMM students and community members to furnish a “student-helper-service” who would in return receive supper from community members receiving the service.

Student Involvement: Between 600 and 900 depending on whether CSV coordinates an Orientation Service Project.

Student Organizations at UMM
(Service)

Coordinator(s):
Arbor Club
Objective:

Devoted to helping our environment through actions and sharing information.

Activities:

Campus Clean-up, Buckthorn cutting, Hosting annual Arbor Fest, meetings.

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Coordinator(s):
Objective:

The purpose of Big Friend Little Friend is to develop a positive relationship between an elementary school student and a college student

Activities: Each pair spends about 2 hours together each week; in addition to their weekly time together there are also several special "big" grougp activities and get-togethers throughout the year.
Outcomes:

Participation in BFLF is a great way to make a positive impact in the life of a child and is a great way to get involved in the Morris community.

Future Plans:

Every year we try to promote and encourage the program to grow within the community as to help everyone build a more positive relationship between community and school and children. Together all of these characteristics make for a stronger community that is involved and will stay involved.

Student Involvement: This year we have 40 pairs of big friends with little friends.


Coordinator(s):
Objective:

The UMM Blood Drive committee works with the American Red Cross to sponsor three drives on campus each year.

Activities:

Stuents help to plan the blood drives, promote drives around campus, and work at the blood drives.

Outcomes:

We try to reach our donor goals at each of our drives, and this usually ranges from 90-100 donors each day.

Future Plans:

The blood drive committee would like to engage more students on campus to help us promote blood drives and increase volunteer numbers to help us run each blood drive.

Student Involvement: There are currently 3 student coordinators, and approximately a group of 20-25 people who are involved in varying stages of the bllod drive, such as planning, promoting, and volunteering their time on the days of the drives.



Coordinator(s):
Objective:

CNIA is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness within UMM and the broader Morris community of American Indian cultures and issues.

Activities:

Help Indian students find a sense of community in which they can practice their traditions while gaining a college education. Indian and non-Indian members find an opportunity to learn about other tribal and cultural ways of life from their fellow members. Meetings every 2 weeks.

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Coordinator(s):
Objective:

Our objective is to raise awareness for the need of cheap affordable housing in Stevens County as well as in other areas of the United States . We also try to give students the opportunity to learn a little about and experience how this great organization works during college.

Activities:

Build houses through collegiate challenge, which is organized through Habitat for Humanity International. Help Stevens County Habitat as much as possible. Meetings, no official schedule.

Outcomes:

Helped with building Habitat for Humanity House in Morris, 2007 in Alberta in 2006, and trips to Georgia , Texas , and New Mexico

Future Plans:

Another house in Morris in Summer 2008.

Student Involvement: Email list contains about 120 students, hard to tell how many are active, but usually 20 or more volunteer for the house and the trip is usually 15 people give or take a few.

Coordinator(s):
Objective:

A group of elementary and secondary education majors whose goal is to promote interest and enthusiasm for the field of education.

Activities:

Provide information regarding education issues, encourage professionalism in the field of education, develop a stronger relationship with the surrounding school districts, and provide support for underclassmen pursuing education majors. Meetings are held Tuesday evenings, twice monthly

Outcomes:

The UMM campus chapter of Education Minnesota students plan careers in teaching and develop pre-professional skills necessary for effective work in the field of education. EMSP members participate in professional meetings and conferences, engage in volunteer service projects related to education, and meet twice monthly to gain information about educational issues, hear from professionals in the field, and engage in professional dialog with other teacher candidates and inservice teachers.

Future Plans:

Increase participation of members. Assist EMSP in becoming more active in the campus and local community, perhaps with TREC, Science Sensations, or area elementary and high schools. Create cross generational service projects with elderly members of the community, college students, and high school and elementary students, bringing multiple generations together to read and engage in various other learning activities. Bring in additional professional speakers from the education field to build knowledge and pre-professional skills in preservice teachers. Disseminate information about educational programs and issues to the campus community.

Student Involvement: 69 members, 20 actively involved


Coordinator(s):
Objective:

Provide information on health related issues

Activities:

Conduct a number of different floor programs for the residence halls and bring in a speaker yearly to talk about various health issues. Meetings, 8:30 pm Mondays.

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Coordinator(s):
Objective:

Mission and purpose revolves around servant leadership and leadership development of students of all ages through community service opportunities and service learning on college campuses, in high schools, and in communities all across the nation.

Activities:

Provide opportunities of service, leadership and personal development. Through interaction, education, and reflection, STLF allows people to step out of their comfort zones and into a non-judgmental areas of acceptance and love so that the people can grow in idealism and optimism.

Outcomes:

By supporting all, STLF encourage people to be who they are separate from societal expectation and promotes initiative and lives with passion, and paves the way for youth, believes in others, and will forever aspire to create optimism where there is none, see hope where it is unclear, and unconditionally love when all seems empty. STLF tries to help students become more involved on their campus in the hope that they may continue to stay committed and involved throughout their lifetime. STLF wants students to stay committed so that they make take the intangible skills they have gained through this organization on with them for the rest of their lives.

Future Plans:

To have numbers on our campus grow. Also to send as many people on the “Pay it forward” tour as possible. STLF hopes to find more ways to become involved on campus as more people become interested in the organization

Student Involvement: 50 (either went on the pay it forward tour last year, or now in 2008)


Coordinator(s):
Objective:

The purpose of the DFL is to get Democrats elected.

Activities:

Student DFL provides a fun and approachable way to enter the political world. Meeting Times sent via Student DFL E-Mail List and to Members of the Facebook Group “Morris Student DFL”

Outcomes:

Orchestrate door-knocking for DFL candidates, perform literature drops for the entire party, and run an effective and robust GET Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign. This was done in the 2004 Presidential election and produced a 80% turnout on campus.

Future Plans:

 

Student Involvement:  

Service Learning at UMM

Service learning at UMM began in 1995. Since 1995, one hundred thirty three courses and 46 UMM faculty have been involved with the Service Learning Program.

Coordinator(s):

Dr. Peh Ng

Objective:

The main objective of this project was to design a mechanism and a cost-effective way for the City of Morris to complete its snow-plowing routes around the city limit areas. These routes included the main streets (with the exception of Atlantic Avenue which is taken care of by Stevens County ) and the alleys. Using maps provided from the MN Department of Transportation and City of Morris , students analyzed the transportation networks in and about the City of Morris

Activities:

To design a mechanism and cost-effective way for the City of Morris to complete snow-plowing routes around Morris.

Community Partners:

Minnesota Department of Transportation(at local, county, regional, state levels), City of Morris , City of Morris Public Works Agency, Morris Police Department.

Course Involved :

Math 3370: Combinatorial Mathematics

Student Involvement: Ten students involved in the course integration project, examined data sets, and used their course theory, adapted their analysis to create research report on this data.
Outcomes: Creation of an efficient model by which the city can plow the city streets, alleys, and parking lots.


Coordinator(s):

Dr. Jon Anderson

Objective:

make students aware of the benefits of service learning and 2) to begin building partnerships with community organizations from which future service learning can be addressed in a familiar setting.

Activities:

Examine data sets (economic and social service program data) to create research reports.

Community Partners:

City of Morris

Course Involved :

Math 3620: Elementary Statistical Data Analysis

Student Involvement: Six students examined data sets (mainly economic and social service program data), and using their course theory, adapted their analysis to create research reports on this data. (students completed approximately 150 hrs of service to this project.)
Outcomes: Final Research reports distributed to various economic agencies in the region, which included the City of Morris for integration in the Ten Year Comprehensive Plan.


Coordinator(s):

Dr. Engin Sungur

Objective:

Examine data sets and created research reports on the data. Students examined the following problems:

  • Climate and Weather patterns in West Central Minnesota, and the City of Morris
  • Pomme de Terre River characteristics related to river velocity, water levels, and soil erosion.
  • Climate impact on the Pomme de Terre River.
  • The impact of Muddy Creek (the largest tributary) on the Pomme de Terre River
  • Non-game migratory bird inventory. This includes 10 classification of bird categories in 12 Wetland sites in 6 West Central Minnesota counties
Activities:

Examine data sets and create reports on data relating to Climate and Weather patterns in West Central Minnesota, and the City of Morris , Pomme de Terre River, Non-game migratory bird inventory.

Community Partners:

West Central Minnesota Experiment Station, U.S. Fish & Wildlife: Morris Wetland Management District Headquarters, Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District

Course Involved :

Math 3690: Design of Experiments

Student Involvement:

Seven students examined data sets, and using their course theory, adapted their analysis to create research reports on this data. Students involved in this course examined the following problems :

  • Climate and Weather patterns in West Central Minnesota, and the City of Morris
  • Pomme de Terre River characteristics related to river velocity, water levels, and soil erosion.
  • Climate impact on the Pomme de Terre River.
  • The impact of Muddy Creek (the largest tributary) on the Pomme de Terre River
  • Non-game migratory bird inventory. This includes 10 classification of bird categories in 12 Wetland sites in 6 West Central Minnesota counties.
Outcomes:

The students created 20-50 page reports on their areas of analysis, which were varied and professional.

Current Service Learning Programs

Coordinator(s):

Argie Manolis, Service Learning Coordinator
Wendy Hyatt, Service learning Assistant Coordinator

Objective:

UMM's service learning program supports faculty, students, and community members in making and sustaining partnerships that meet course goals and the needs of Morris-area community members, agencies, and organizations. The program is overseen by an advisory board of students, faculty, and community partners. Program staff support faculty and community partners in the creation of syllabi, reflection activities and assignments, and clear project goals for course-based service learning projects. The program seeks to provide support for multi-disciplinary, long-term projects.

Service Learning is a classroom experience that utilizes community service, community-based research, or other civic engagement activities along with regular reflection to meet course goals and community needs.

The service learning program hopes to further institutionalize service learning by developing a series of ongoing, multi-discipline, multi-class service learning experiences related to five initiatives, described below:

Future Plan of Service Learning Program:
The service learning program hopes to further institutionalize service learning by developing a series of ongoing, multi-discipline, multi-class service learning experiences related to five initiatives.
Student Involvement:
400 students per year

Service Learning - The Five Initiatives listed below:

Activities:

Arts and Culture Initiative

Objective:

The arts and culture initiative seeks to deepen the community's appreciation for its unique culture and for the arts and to promote the creativity of all people by:

  • Provide resources (including volunteer time and special projects) to agencies that support the arts and culture in West Central Minnesota;
  • Plan and create projects, events, and products that celebrate the culture of West Central Minnesota;
  • Provide arts programming for a range of ages and in a range of artistic forms.
Examples of Current and Former Courses Involved:

ArtS: Media Studies : Mural Project and Public Art
ArtS2401 and 3400: Beginning and Advanced Sculpture
Theatre 2111:
Creative Drama with Children
History 3456: History of Religion
ArtS 1500: Photography

Community Partners:
Prairie Renaissance Culture Alliance (PRCA), Sodexho, Salvation Army
Outcomes:
  • Mural celebrating UMM's Local Foods initiated, housed in the Food Service Building , UMM campus
  • Mural celebrating our community's history and assets, housed at Salvation Army
  • Students created a public art piece (with collaboration of community members) and planned an event to promote more involvement in the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA)
  • Students conduct oral history interviews with community members and hosted a forum to discuss religious diversity in Morris
  • Students visited local sustainable farms and photographed farmers. Through collaboration with Fundamentals of Writing Class (Manolis), photos and writing pieces. To date, the course has been done four time; photos and writing were displayed at Local Foods Meals and exhibited at different locations.


Activities:

Elder Partnership Initiative

Objective:

The elder partnership initiative seeks to involve elders of all ages, walks of life, and with a wide range of abilities more directly in the community through intergenerational partnerships with elder care facilities and individual elders by:

  • Involving elders and students in reciprocal, educational, and community-building projects that benefit students, elders, and the agencies that serve them;
  • Involving elders with physical and/or cognitive limitations in planned activities that meet particular needs and objectives determined by their families or care staff;
  • Providing elders and students with opportunities they would otherwise not have to interact with people of various ages and cultures;
  • Supporting caretakers with significant resources (particularly volunteer time) that they would otherwise not have.
Examples of Current and Former Courses Involved

Eng 2121: Intro to Creative Writing
Psychology 3403: Developmental Psychology III: Adulthood, Aging & Death

Community Partners: West Wind village, Morris Senior and Community Center, Grandview Apartments, Skyview Court
Outcomes:
  • Students plan activities at West Wind Village and Legacy Living and record the residents words.
  • Students facilitate intergeneration activities with West Wind Village and Morris Area Child Care;
  • Students and elders participate in a community education course about aging in the community, plan events that meet the needs of elders in the community and enhance intergenerational interactions.
  • Dance Workshop and Community potluck (2003)
  • Students help make lefse, decorate, and set up for the Senior Center Bazaar


Activities:
Objective:

Through the youth mentorship initiative, students in service learning courses support young people and the agencies that meet their needs by focusing on the assets of the youth and the agencies that serve them by:

  • Conducting research and building curricula that address particular needs of schools and young people;
  • Planning and implementing educational and recreational activities that enrich the lives of at risk and rural youth and encourage young people in rural areas to celebrate their heritage.
Examples of Current and Former Courses Involved:

Music 3204 : Advanced individual Performance Study
Political Science 1201: American Government and Politics

Community Partners Morris Area Community Education, Heartland Girls Ranch, Morris Area Child Care Center, Teaching Reading Enabling Children (TREC), Morris Area Elementary School, Morris Area High School, other area schools
Outcomes:
  • UMM students teach voice lessons to MAHS students. The students performed their individual pieces at end of the semester.
  • Students learn dramatics techniques which they will incorporate into lesson plans and theatrical activities geared toward elementary children . The class will put these ideas into action by working with local elementary students both on site and on campus;
  • Students tutor adults and children whom English is not a first language, translate documents into Spanish for local businesses, and teach Spanish language and aspects of Latino culture to school children.
  • Students assist with fundraising and event planning for Someplace Safe
  • Students mentor girls in the juvenile justice system (Heartland Girl's Ranch) through a series of educational activities.
  • Students collaborate with MACE on a series of voter education and registrations drives on campus and in the community.
  • Students assist with Kids Voting Program, teaching a curriculum to elementary school students and assisting with Voting Booth for Kids on election day.
  • Students tutor high school students who play the same musical instrument. The band provided a full-day clinic for MHS students and high school students at other schools. Students performed in a collaborative concert with UMM dance students and artists from the PRCA.


Activities:
Objective:

The sustainable living initiative seeks to continue implementing projects and conducting action research related to creating a sustainable community by:

  • Planning and implementing events and projects that raise awareness of the health, environmental, and community benefits of purchasing locally grown foods;
  • Providing more opportunities for individual consumers to make responsible purchasing decisions;
  • Assisting in research and projects aimed at creating a sustainable small town economic infrastructure.
Examples of Current and Former Courses Involved:

ArtS1500 and 2500: Beginning and Advanced Photography Economics 3501: Introduction to Econometrics

Community Partners:

Pride of the Prairie, Land Stewardship Project, West Central Research and Outreach Center , West Central Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

Outcomes:
  • Students visit and photograph farmers; the images are showcased in the community to bring attention to local foods and delivered to the farmers for their own promotional use;
  • Students plan, advertise, and staff the local foods expo meal and farmers market;
  • Students assisted with research for the Morris Area School District 's School Lunch Committee, including research about potentially purchasing more local foods;
  • Students designed a survey to assess the economic health of the Benson community, UMM students analyzed the survey data.;
  • Students assisted CST with public relations effort with the COPC grant.


Activities:
Objective:

This initiative focuses more intently on encouraging students, community members, and faculty to work together to create a safer, more affirming community for everyone. This initiative focuses on three broad goals: violence prevention, creating a community that is truly welcoming for all people, and working toward an end to poverty.

Examples of Current and Former Courses Involved:

Education 1020: English in the American University
Spanish 1002 and 3002 : Beginning Spanish and Spanish Composition and Conversation
Sociology 3141: Sociology of Deviance
Sociology 1101: Introduction to Sociology

Community Partners:

Someplace Safe, UMM Violence Prevention Program, Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Morris Area Independent School District , Salvation Army

Outcomes:
  • Assisted with Local Foods Expo and Meal on campus;
  • Assisted with making and serving a meal at the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Spring 2007;
  • Students assisted with event planning and outreach materials for the Violence Prevention Program on campus and Someplace Safe;
  • Students write and implement lesson plans for children and elders through MACCC and West Wind Village
  • Tutor K-6 students through the TREC program;
  • Assist with domestic violence/sexual assault prevention and education efforts through Someplace Safe;
  • Create educational and/or outreach materials for Habitat for Humanity and Stevens Community Humane Society.

Civic/Public Engagement

Activity:
Coordinator(s):

Pam Solvie, UMM, TREC Coordinator, Steven Sterud, Morris Area School TREC Site Coordinator

Objective:

Tutoring, Reading and Enabling Children (TREC), an initiative to support literacy development throughout the local community, receives support from the University of Minnesota at Morris, Morris Area Schools , Morris Area Community Education, the Stevens County Collaborative, and the Minnesota Department of Education. Three goals direct the work of TREC in the Morris Community:

  • Promote literacy in school children and throughout local communities.
  • Provide school children with meaningful tutoring and mentoring experiences.
  • Provide University of Minnesota , Morris students with service learning opportunities.

A separate TREC initiative in Willmar , Minnesota , funded by the President's Initiative on Children, Youth and Families (PICYF) at the University of Minnesota , offers opportunities for students in grades 4 through 6 to further develop their literacy skills. Three goals guide the work of the Willmar TREC program including:

  • Provide literacy (reading and math) support for students in a two week summer project
  • Increase students' confidence in approaching and completing reading, writing, and math exercises

Provide strategies to support individual growth and development in targeted reading and math strands, as indicated on Northwest Educational Assessments (NWEA)

Outcomes:

Elementary and high school students develop confidence and skill in reading, writing, and math. University of Minnesota Morris students develop tutoring and mentoring skills.

Future Plans:

Continue in-class and an extended day (afterschool) program for TREC in Morris. Expand the Willmar TREC summer initiative to a second community.

Student Involvement:

50 UMM students, 50-70 elementary students, 13 high school students (Morris)
4 UMM students, 25 elementary students ( Willmar )

Community Based Research

Activity:

The Center for Small Towns is a community outreach program of the University of Minnesota , Morris. In cooperation with other units of the University of Minnesota , the Center creates learning opportunities and conducts applied research in ways that make important contributions to surrounding communities.

By developing cooperative relationships among people, organizations, and institutions beyond the immediate community, the Center is helping to create a network for ideas and resources to flow within communities.

The combined knowledge of the rural environment, the partnerships developed with other community and rural development organizations along with the faculty and students of the University make the Center an ideal place to link rural issues with needed resources.

On-going Activities of CST

Student Involvement
Students at UMM are involved in all of the Center's programs and provide organizations with assistance on a wide variety of projects. Learning contracts between students, faculty and the larger community provide an educational extension of UMM's liberal arts program.

Community Planning and Development
This service is a strategic process for small towns, schools, and non-profits to develop leadership, create new economic investment and improve quality of life.

Brokering Services
The Center connects people to needed information and resources by cooperating with other units across the University of Minnesota and with regional, state, and national organizations involved in community and rural development.

Convening

  • Conversion Series: Current information is provided and critical issues are discussed through periodic fourms

Symposium on Small towns: Annual event to discuss, analyze, and celebrate significant aspects of small towns and rural living.

Data Analysis, Research, and Evaluation

  • Data Analysis and Research services include: access to historical business and census data, mapping variables using GIS software, surveys, and research projects aimed at solving locally-defined problems
  • Evaluation services are offered as a systematic assessment to determine value of programs, projects, services, facilities, and outcomes.
  • Website Planning is provided by UMM students with strong working knowledge of computers using their creative technical expertise to plan web sites for organizations.
Coordinator(s):

David Fluegel, Community Program Specialist
Jessica Beyer, Assistant Community Program Specialist
Ben Winchester, Coordinator, Data Analysis & Research

Objective:

To focus the University's attention and marshal its resources toward assisting Minnesota 's small towns with locally identified issues by creating applied learning opportunities for faculty and student

Outcomes:
  • Communities benefit by receiving low-cost, specialized assistance from enthusiastic students;
  • Students benefit through hands-on learning, valuable work experience on rural issues and being valued citizens;
  • Faculty benefit through applied research and from offering students active learning opportunities.
Student Involvement:
70-85 students per year

These are three examples of project involvement by UMM Faculty:

Activity:

Collaborative School Bus Routing

Coordinator(s):

Dr. Peh Ng, Professor of Mathematics, UMM

Objective:

To develop models of school bus routes both within a school district and between five school districts in west-central Minnesota .

•  The project entails determining optimum models for vehicle routing across our area in a cost- and time-effective way.  By determining the location and number of students in the dispersed areas, together with time, models can be built to determine routes, and flows, of student pickups.  Mathematically, these are referred to as combinatorial problems. The solutions would allow our school districts to save transportation funds (at the approximate rate of $1.60 per mile) while at the same time providing an efficient solution to overlapping geographic areas brought about by open enrollment. The schools involved in this project are Chokio-Alberta, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Cyrus, Hancock, and Morris

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Activity:

Skills, Careers, Employees and Employers

Coordinator(s):
Dr. Engin Sungur, Professor of Statistics, UMM
Objective:

To identify gaps between employers in the region who have entry-level positions that will lead to higher-wage positions and those individuals seeking employment. Employers report they are unable to find workers who have the necessary skills to enter employment. Prospective employees report they are not able to find entry-level positions in the region. In order to build skills that qualify family members to hold better jobs within the region, it is imperative that we understand what skills are required for positions that allow individuals to move into high-demand, higher-wage positions, directly or through career ladders. This will be completed through interviews and/or a survey of employers, employees, and employee training programs.
Activity: The Jobs, Careers and Employability workgroup requested this project. This workgroup is a subcommittee of the Family Economic Success program provided by the West Central Initiative with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The workgroup will identify a series of questions for employers, adult job seekers and K-12 organizations that provides data to better understand the current gap between the skills that current perspective employees present to the labor market with the skills currently required by employers. In this way, programs or other strategies can be developed to address the gap rather than making assumptions about the needed skills.

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Activity:

The Value of Culture and Education

Coordinator(s):
Carol Marxen, Associate Professor of Education, UMM
Objective:

To work with the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School to demonstrate the value of culture and education to the Hispanic community. It has been found that Hispanic students that finish high school generally do not pursue post-secondary educational opportunities. The research components of this project will develop curricular, co-curricular, and community-based integrative strategies. The objectives are to provide professional development opportunities for teachers, connect the community to the school to provide role models and mentors, as well as develop and implement a team teaching environment.
Activity: This application of knowledge is a perfect example of our land-grant responsibility in action. As our small towns and rural places have changed, we too must change the way we serve our neighbors – and do this in a way that contribute to the sustainable future of our region. For more information about these projects, or if you have any questions, please contact Ben Winchester at (320) 589-6451 or visit http://www.centerforsmalltowns.org

 

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