University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Brown bag session Oct. 23 highlights strategies for community-based learning

Service-learning faculty and area nonprofit leaders will headline a panel on best strategies for effective community-based learning during a service-learning brown bag discussion, hosted by the UND Center for Community Engagement Oct. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union.

Service-learning is a form of experiential learning that combines community service with academic course work to improve student learning of course objectives while meeting a community need.

The brown bag discussion will focus on the role of faculty in making service-learning courses positive experiences for both students and community partners. Particular attention will be given to best strategies for connecting service activities to course objectives, working with community partners to determine need, and preparing students for their service projects.

The panel will feature Pat Berger, president and CEO of United Way of GF/EGF and Area; David Sena, executive director of the Northland Rescue Mission; Michael Niedzielski, assistant professor of Geography; and Sally Pyle, associate professor of Biology and director of the Honors Program. Lana Rakow, director of the Center for Community Engagement, will be moderating the panel discussion, and Anne Kelsch, director of the Office of Instructional Development, will be the discussant.

Lunch will be provided to those who register by Oct. 21. To register, contact Pam Burkes at the Center for Community Engagement at or 777.0675. More information about service learning, including a bibliography of resources, is available at

--Jason Miller, Center for Community Engagement