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Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend!
Academic Civic Engagement Showcase:
Extending the Classroom Into the Community
Wednesday, May 16th
The Crossroads in the Buntrock Commons
Over 100 students from nine spring and interim semester courses will present a wide range of academic civic engagement projects.
Courses and Project Titles:
American Conversations (AMCON 102) &
Intermediate Photography (ART 238)
Civic Stories Project
Students have created photo/audio essays that aim to distill community participants' civic stories. Final multi-media products will be utilized by the League of Women Voters to encourage voter registration and informed civic participation.
Civic leaders profiled include:
David Bly `74 (former MN State Representative- Democrat)
Beth Berry (TORCH Program, Northfield High School)
Ray Cox `73 (former MN State Representative- Republican)
Fr. Denny Dempsey (St. Dominic Church)
Sandi Gerdes `83 (Laura Baker Services)
Bonnie Jean Flom (Northfield League of Women Voters)
Reginaldo Haslett- Marroquin (Rural Enterprise Center)
Erin Mayberry (Northfield Community Services, WINGS)
Kari Nelson `80 (Northfield School Board)
Rhonda Pownell `93 (Northfield City Council)
Susan Sanderson (TORCH Program, Nfld. Middle School)
Jessica Peterson White (Grassroots Solutions)
Griff Wigley (Locally Grown blog)
Erica Zweifel (Northfield City Council)
Community Engagement in Social Work (SW 381)
Students completed community-based research projects for various agencies or organizations.
CAST Student Tracking System
Finding Funding Solutions for the TORCH Program
Heroin and Other Opiate Abuse in Our Community: Recommendations for Community Organizations
Village on the Cannon: Living and Aging in Place at an Independent Living Center
Urban Education Practicum & Seminar (ED 379)
Citizenship Projects at Community of Peace Academy
Students helped high schoolers at Community of Peace Academy charter school in St. Paul design, implement, and present civic engagement projects.
Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ES 399)
Groups of students utilized environmental skills and knowledge to complete research and projects for local organizations.
EGGPlants—Everyone Gets to Grow Plants at School: Learning and Gardening with 3rd Graders
The Future of the Ames Mill Dam: Community Responses
High School Environmental Clubs and their Communities
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) in Northfield
SEED Farm’s Mobile Chicken Coop
Arts Management (MGMT 229)
Students performed research and wrote grants in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations.
Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra
Children’s Culture Connection
English Language Learners Performing Arts
Northfield Arts and Culture Commission
Save the Northfield Depot
Vintage Band Festival 2013
Visual Arts and Culture Harmony in Faribault
Inclusive Practice: Groups, Organizations & Communities (SW 261)
The Social Work Planned Change Process and Community Building: Family Fun at Lashbrook Park
Ethnographic Research Methods (SOAN 373)
Students had the option to utilize ethnography skills and knowledge to complete community-based (collaborative) research for community organizations.
Evaluation of Social Work Programs/Practices (SW 274)
Examining Community Need: Perspectives of Key Informants
Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) is an approach to teaching and learning that extends the classroom into the community and prepares students for informed and active citizenship. It challenges students to apply academic knowledge and skills to address community issues or contribute to public life as an integrated component of an academic course.
To learn more about Academic Civic Engagment, see this website.