Festival of Scholars

An annual celebration of research, scholarship, and creativity

April 27 - May 1, 2015

Center for Academic Service Learning: Service Learning Across Disciplines

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 10:30am - 11:35am
Location: Lundring Events Center
Description: This session features service-learning projects from various disciplines across campus. The panel presentation also includes service-learning projects funded through the Center for Academic Service-Learning. Funding from the Center supports service-learning courses with the goal of producing high quality experiential learning experiences, promoting civic responsibility, and meeting real community needs. All are welcome!

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Student Abstracts at this Session

Cecilia Calderon
and Ashley Cribbs, Megan Lennon

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Louise Kelly
Intervention to Improve the Dietary Intake of CLU’s Student-Athletes

During the competitive season, dietary needs must be met to maintain body weight, replenish muscle carbohydrate stores, and provide adequate protein for the building and repair of tissue. Research suggests that student-athletes may not be meeting the nutritional recommendations. Therefore, the aim of this student project was to evaluate the diets of student-athletes and make the necessary recommendations to improve health and athletic performance. Nutrition students collected and analyzed 3-day diet records from each athlete at baseline, and again after a 5–week intervention. Each athlete received a copy of results of their baseline dietary analysis, recommendations for change, and a post-intervention report outlining changes implemented.

Sarah Lentz
and Jadie Matthews, Youngmi Peak

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Michaela Reaves
Footprints in the Valley

For the last several years, the California History class has involved every pre-teacher in an Academic Service Learning Project with local school districts. Each year we visit about a dozen third grade classrooms. Many of these classrooms are made available through CLU alumni. In small groups, the students prepare twenty minute presentations for third graders in alignment with the California Social Science standards. The lesson highlights various diverse groups in local California History including the Chumash, the Spanish, Basques, Norwegians, Chinese and African Americans who have left Footprints in the Valley over the last centuries. The third grade students contribute their summative assessments, the CLU students do a pre and post evaluation, and the classroom teachers take an active part in the evaluation.

Zach Loza
and James Cox

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Scott Chiu
Exploring and Connecting the International Community of Writers on the CLU Campus

Our Writing Center tutor training course prepares students to teach writing in the CLU Writing Center, as well as other tutoring spaces across campus. This encompasses the community where they work with diverse writers on specific topics that include collaborative learning, approaches to consultations, and cross-cultural rhetoric and communication. In this Service Learning Project, we collaborate with students of the ELS Language Program, a learning community that co-exists on CLU campus but has been marginalized and gone unnoticed. We apply writing center pedagogy to create an educational and mutually beneficial experience in our weekly meetings. As well as working with the ELS students to become more confident in expressing their ideas and improving their writing skills, we are creating a community. Mixing our cultures is an experience that challenges our understanding of writing, empowers our agency as writers, and builds a sense of community among us.

Michaela Reaves
and Mary Kate Willis (History) and Christopher Hanna (Honors)

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Michaela Reaves
Cold War Booms: “Burbs”, Bombs, and Babies

This CASL project investigated fall-out shelters in suburbia, that is, underground “foxholes” constructed to help a family outlast radiation from a Soviet nuclear strike. The Cold War in the United States was a time of active fear of nuclear attack. In order to protect its citizens, the federal government and FEMA encouraged the designation of reinforced public spaces as fall-out shelters in areas of high risk. In Southern California, this fear led to suburban sub-divisions building fall-out shelters in housing tracts. In collaboration with an Academic Service-Learning Mini-Grant, the History/Honors 328: Cold War America class began a two year project to record material artifacts of the Cold War Era. With the community support of the Conejo Valley Historical Society and the Grant Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library, pairs of students photographed and chronicled two fall-out shelters each for conference presentation.

Jessica Shapiro
and Nickole Scholey, Alma Trejo

Faculty Mentor:
Mr. David Grannis
Spotlight on Ventura County Social Services: C.A.R.L.

In the Broadcast News Production class we are producing a magazine style show highlighting different social services in Ventura County. We are working in groups to create 9 short videos about different services. For our section we are working with CARL, Canine Animal Rescue League, the only no-kill dog adoption agency in Ventura County. Our video will provide an overview of their agency for use on their web site. When finished it will be put into the magazine format show where we will have student anchors introducing the various stories. This will be broadcast on the local public and government channel to raise awareness about the different social services in the county and what they have to offer. We will be conducting interviews and then intercutting it with b-roll of volunteers working for the agencies.