Jenny Retherford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering students conduct surveys in McMinn County, TN as they prepare to develop engineering plans for a “rail to trail” project through the Smart Communities Initiative.
Professor Penny White’s Law students engage in service-learning with the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office or the Federal Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee for their Public Defender Externship.
Nick Geidner’s Journalism and Electronic Media students film Medal of Honor recipients as a part of Geidner’s Congressional Medal of Honor Project.
Brad Collett’s Landscape Architecture students study the region’s water resources with partners from the Plan East Tennessee regional planning initiative.
Faculty involved in the 2015-16 Smart Communities Initiative meet with staff from the Southeast Tennessee Development District to plan service-learning projects.
Glenn Swift’s Master’s of Business Administration students present marketing strategy proposals to the Knoxville Area Urban League.
Scott Wall’s students examine the design and development of Bledsoe State Forest as an educational and tourist destination.
Jenny Retherford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering students present their industrial site plan as a part of their work with their Smart Communities Initiative partner the Southeast TN Development District.
Brad Collett, assistant professor of landscape architecture, presents an overview of his course’s service-learning research at the 2015-16 Sustainable City Year Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Deb Shmerler and her Graphic Design students unveil visual brand concepts to the City of Cleveland, TN.
Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman’s Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies students organize a clothing drive in conjunction with the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society and Bridge Refugee Services.
Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman’s Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies students create sports and fitness opportunities to welcome Iraqui refugee families to Knoxville.
John McRae’s Architecture students collaborate with a local organization in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti to design a secondary school with residential housing.
Ernie Cadotte’s Marketing & Supply Chain Management students partner with the Samaritan Place, hosting their seventh annual Barefoot Benefit raise funds for the care of low-income senior adults.
A Message to Faculty, Staff, Students, Community Partners, Visitors, and Friends:
Thank you for visiting the Office of Service-Learning on the web.
Our office facilitates service-learning partnerships across a multitude of academic disciplines and community sectors. We do this by supporting faculty in the design of quality, reciprocal service-learning courses; facilitating meaningful and relevant community partnerships; and mobilizing local communities through our renowned Smart Communities Initiative program.
Our site includes a wealth of resources for faculty, students, and community partners who are currently involved in or interested in service-learning. We are in the process of building out our web content to better capture the groundbreaking stories of service-learning on our campus and across our local, state, national, and global communities.
I hope that you will take time to browse our site, consider the nature and impacts of service-learning work, and contact our office to become a part of the growing network of citizens, scholars, and professionals creating positive change through service-learning and engaged research.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Kelly Ellenburg, Director of Service-Learning | Smart Communities Initiative
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