- National Day of Service - Denison will honor this day on Saturday, September 10 with projects including community movie night and activities in partnership with Licking Memorial Hospital, a Licking River cleanup activity, and a work project for 6th Street and Growing Community Garden. Look for more information at the Involvement Fair or contact Danny Persia.
- Make A Difference Day - Saturday, October 22 Denison Community Association will once again partner with Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority to sponsor the Kappa Karnival. Watch for more details!
Be the Change(maker) Poster Session - Thursday, April 28 at 6:00pm in the Welsh Hills Room. Over 50 students spent the semester learning about the process of creating positive change (broadly defined). They attempted to put this learning into practice by carrying out projects to try to change something, they reflected on the successes and failures of the project, and then they shared what they learned!
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Denison University as one of 115 U.S. colleges and universities for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification.
Theme for the year: Each year, the Center for Service Learning focuses its attention on a community issue where service by Denison classes and student organizations may make a meaningful impact. The theme for 2010-2011 was Health and Wellness, and activities throughout the year incorporated education and service relevant to this issue.
Learn more about Health and Wellness in Licking County [pdf].
Big Red's Big Day! Was held on Saturday, April 2 at the Licking County Family YMCA. The Denison community partnered with the Licking County Family YMCA and Licking Memorial Health Systems for a Health & Fitness Fest at the YMCA. The festival included informative health booths, 30 minute CPR certification, a blood drive, fitness activities for all ages, free health screenings, and snacks and entertainment. Approximately 200 Denison students volunteered for this event.
Thank you to all who ordered carnations during our Valentine's Day sale. We raised over $1100 to support our Habitat for Humanity trips!
Martin Luther King Jr Day - was celebrated at Denison with a 48-hour service challenge beginning Saturday, January 22. Volunteers were organized into teams and presented with a task to complete. Teams prepared lunches for a local homeless shelter, developed the presentation of a story about King for a 3rd grade class on Monday morning, planned and filmed a video about financial literacy for women at the domestic violence shelter, and completed many more service projects. Over 100 Denison students,staff and faculty joined in the challenge.
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN - The Center for Service Learning, in conjunction with the Student Activities Office, sponsored a trip to view the movie Waiting for Superman on October 21. On Tuesday, October 26 students, staff and faculty who viewed the documentary gathered for conversation and a panel discussion about the movie and current educational issues.
Make a Difference Day - Denison recognized this national day of service on Sunday, October 24. The Center for Service Learning and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority joined forces to provide an afternoon of health and wellness related activities as well as fun & games for Licking County elementary school students. Proceeds benefited the "Reading is Fundamental" organization as well as other philanthropies. Live music was provided by Denison students for the nearly 200 elementary students and 200 Denison volunteers who participated.
Community Partners Breakfast - Thursday, October 21 - Sixty students, staff, faculty and community members gathered to discuss health related issues in Licking County. The Center will host additional events related to health and wellness throughout the year.
National Day of Service - Saturday, September 11, 2010 - Denison students collected food and dental hygiene supplies at Ross Granville Market to donate to the Licking County Food Network and Headstart. More than 1,200 pounds of food and household supplies were collected and delivered. Other activities included a group cleanup of Newark City Square, and preparation of mailing materials for the Licking County Reading Coalition.
View the booklet Licking County Children's Summer Programs [pdf] for summer ideas, prepared by Betsy Fisher '10.
HRCC - HRCC exceeded its goal of raising $15,000 for Haiti Relief! A special thanks to Brews Cafe, local community members, and Denison organizations, students, staff and faculty for their efforts.
- Language in Action - This symposium on May 14 was hosted by the Center for Service Learning for educators throughout Ohio and surrounding states.View symposium resources here.
- America Reads Banquet - Tuesday, May 4 at 5:30 in the Welsh Hills Room
- Dr. Kristina Mead's Biology class reached out to Newark 2nd graders to talk about neuroscience and the importance of higher education. Read about their spring semester project here.
Hope for Autism hosted a free conference for families, educators, consultants, community group, friends and volunteers on Saturday, April 17 with guest speaker Jocelyn Eskenazi, Coordinator of the Center for Autism Outreach Services at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.
HRCC sponsored a pump and run on Sunday April 18 to raise funds for Haiti.
HRCC - HRCC sponsored the Haiti Relief Concert on March 28 in Swasey Chapel. Proceeds benefited the Children's International Lifeline in Haiti. The Haiti Relief Coordination Committee is a collaborative effort to raise educational awareness and financial relief.
- Big Red's Big Day - On Saturday, March 27, hundreds of members of the Denison community from DCA groups, athletic teams, fraternities and sororities, DUBS, BSU, Outlook, and other groups as well as individual students volunteered for organizations throughout the Newark community and on campus. Activities included painting at SPARK, collecting books for the Reading Foundation, planting trees, highway cleanup, work at food pantries and parks, building birdhouses with elementary students, and much more. Read all about the day in Coral Breuer, '11's tweet of Big Red's Big Day.
- Break Away Art and Activism Gallery Opening - Thursday, February 4 - Break Away displayed photos and talked about their experiences from their winter break trips.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Service Challenge- About 80 Denisonians representing students, faculty and staff took up the Martin Luther King Jr Service Challenge on January 24-25,2010.
- Denison Students Reach out to Grade School Students, December 8 - Denison students teamed up with volunteers from two area colleges and AmeriCorps to encourage Newark second-graders to begin considering their education after high school.
- The Center Hosted a Book Discussion - November 10 - The Alford Center hosted a community-inclusive discussion of Paul Tough's book Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America. Community partners, Denison faculty and students met to discuss the lessons that the Harlem Children's Zone might hold for Licking County.
- Homelessness & Hunger Week, November 9-14 - Students worked to raise awareness of homelessness and hunger issues.
- Make A Difference Day, October 24 -Students from Denison Community Association, America Reads, athletic teams, physics and chemistry departments, Burpee's Comedy Troupe, Ladies' Night Out, Betsy & A Ukelele and other organizations worked with over 100 kids from the community in a variety of on-campus and off-campus activities.
- Diane Reiser visit - October 22 - While Brooklyn, New York and Newark, Ohio may not appear to have much in common, a speaker hosted by the John W. Alford Center for Service Learning showed that both communities have a strong commitment to encourage their students to graduate from high school and continue education in post-secondary schools. Diane Reiser, of Brooklyn College Community Partnership, met with Denison students, faculty and staff as well as representatives of Newark based organizations A Call to College, Licking County Foundation, and Newark City Schools to discuss how the BCCP has created networks of educational innovation that connect underserved youth, local middle and high schools, high-need communities and Brooklyn College. Ms. Reiser shared BCCP's experiences and discussed elements of its program that may be relevant for Denison University and Newark.
- National Day of Service, September 11 - Denison students engaged in a variety of activities with in the Newark communit