Mount Union Participates in Service Learning Conference

April 27, 2010

'Celebrating Engagement: Telling Our Stories', a service learning conference, was held at Wright State University in Dayton.

Attending from Mount Union College were Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service learning and community service, Dr. Clara Becerra, associate professor of Spanish, and Mount Union student Jennifer Lehman.

Lehman, a senior from Akron with a double major in international studies and Spanish, first became aware of the conference through Spanish for Professions with Dr. Becerra.

'We had to do sort of a mini-internship project, involving about five hours of service, to see what kind of career we would like to pursue,' said Lehman.

After doing the project, Becerra asked if any of the students would be interested in taking part in the conference and Lehman responded that she would like to participate.

The three attending from Mount Union submitted a report online stating what they would like to present at the conference. They were chosen as one of eight groups to present in breakout sessions.

Espenschied-Reilly, opened the session by discussing what service learning is like at Mount Union. Becerra then talked about the course and all of the different projects her students participated in. Lehman spoke about her project and the great experience she had.

Lehman said she was very impressed with the story that Dr. Ken Reardon from Cornell University told about a class of graduate students who completely revamped a poverty-stricken area in East St. Louis.

'The conference was a great experience. I didn't know service-learning was such a big part of many campuses,' said Lehman.

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