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Champlain College isnt just a place to earn a degree its also where students learn how to be responsible, respectful, engaged citizens. The Center for Service & Civic Engagement Program provides the encouragement, resources and support that allow our students, faculty and staff to connect with the community on local, national and global levels through leadership, service, mentorship, partnership, reflection and dialogue.

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<ul><li><p>Center for ServiCe Page 1</p><p>Annual Report and Statement of </p><p>accounts 2011-2012Center for ServiCe CiviC engagement</p></li><li><p>Page 2 Center for ServiCe</p><p>May 2012</p><p>Editor, dEsignEr</p><p>Kayla M. HedMan 14</p><p>Kayla.HedMan@MyMail.cHaMplain.edu</p><p>spEcial thanks to:StepHen MeaSe</p><p>diana GonSalveSBrian culMo 15</p></li><li><p>Center for ServiCe Page 3</p><p>letter froM tHe director paGe 4</p><p>next year and Beyond paGe 6</p><p>introduction paGe 7</p><p>Staff paGe 8</p><p>tHe coMMunity We live in paGe 9</p><p>By tHe nuMBerS paGe 10</p><p>GettinG out tHere paGe 14</p><p>connectinG to coMMunity ScHoolS paGe 16</p><p>collaBorative effortS paGe 20</p><p>excitinG on-caMpuS proGraMMinG paGe 22</p><p>Contents</p><p>Above: The Center staff; spring 2011.</p></li><li><p>Page 4 Center for ServiCe</p><p>Directors Letter</p><p>Above: During spring break 2011 and 2012, Kyle Dodson joined professor Miriam Horne to travel to Nicaragua with her junior level Human Rights course.</p><p>From the Directors Desk:</p><p>The creation of this Annual Report and Statement of Accounts occurs at a time of fruition for Champlain Colleges Center for Service &amp; Civic En-gagement (the Center). Just as a plant that receives the proper nutrients will bear fruit, we feel like a number of our student engagement efforts over the past few years are beginning to blossom.</p><p>A powerful ethic of service is important in any college education. Champlain Colleges Center for Service &amp; Civic Engagement prepares students to lead from their minds and their hearts as they live lives of responsible, engaged citizenship. Ethical decision-making, concern for others, and action to make the world a better place are at the root of service learning at Champlain.</p><p>This service ethic runs throughout the Champlain College experience and can be found in initiatives such as: Service learning courses in various divisions of study, which link academics to community service. The Colleges Student Life Department is collaborating to integrate a wide range of community service </p><p>and outreach projects, some as close as the Colleges backyard and some on the other side of the globe. The Center has a long-standing relationship with the greater-Burlington community, where students are </p><p>involved in community-based projects that include working with the business community, schools, com-munity shelters, and other local organizations.</p><p>In the spring of 2012, the Center launched a new outreach campaign, JUST ONE, which encourages and guides students to participate in one service project per school year. In the future it will increase to one service project a semester, and so on. Besides providing students with great experiences, it gives them a greater un-derstanding of social problems, greater insight into possible solutions, and greater ability to effect change.</p></li><li><p>Center for ServiCe Page 5</p><p>Evidence indicates that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors such as a personal sense of purpose and accomplishment, and enhances a persons social networks to buffer stress and reduce diseaserisk.(Herzogetal.,1998;GreenfieldandMarks,2004;HarlowandCantor,1996)</p><p>A survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UKs leading businesses 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without 94%ofemployersbelievethatvolunteeringcanaddtoskills</p><p> 94%ofemployeeswhovolunteeredtolearnnewskillshadbenefitedeitherbygettingtheirfirstjob,</p><p>improving their salary, or being promoted</p><p>It has been a very productive year for the Center for Service and Civic Engagement. We are grateful for the countless hours that our students have devoted to serving our community and we are thankful to all of our wonderful partner organizations for providing us with such a rich array of engagement options. We hope thatyouenjoylearningmoreaboutourofficeandwhatwearepassionateaboutasyoureadthisreport.</p><p>Best Regards, </p><p>Kyle DodsonDirector; Center for Service &amp; Civic Engagement</p></li><li><p>Page 6 Center for ServiCe</p><p>Next year &amp; beyond</p><p>JUST ONE CampaigNThe JUST ONE campaign has been established to encourage students to complete one direct community service activity each semester. Once students complete just one activity, they become a member of the campaign and receive exclusive invitations to JUST ONE events sponsored by the Center. JUST ONE is a great way for students to show future employers that they are active mem-bers of an elite group of student leaders and participate in community service while in college. Work-study student Sadie Stone has taken on the campaign. She hosted a soft launch, Dont be a wiener, do JUST ONE on April 17. The office handed out hot dogs and JUST ONE wayfarer sunglasses to students who filled out a commitment card. She plans to follow up with an official launch in the fall of 2012.</p><p>As stated in Champlain 2020 Visions Strategic Plan:</p><p>Champlain will develop a multi-layered engagement and outreach approach to community service that will provide targeted </p><p>approaches to students wherever they lie on the engagement spectrum. </p><p>SpECifiC gOalS:1. 50% of the 90 students who filled out JUST ONE commitment cards will honor their pledge by participating in one of our service events.</p><p>2. Increase participation in our programs by 20% among students who have already completed their LEAD requirement. 3. Expand the number of concrete service activities from five community dinners to eight various service activities a month (62.5% increase in events offered each month).</p></li><li><p>Center for ServiCe Page 7</p><p>Introduction</p><p>Our mission is to provide the encouragement, resources, and support that allow our students to become responsible, respectful, and engaged citizens - locally, nationally, and globally.</p><p>The Center for Service &amp; Civic Engagement has been involved in a multitude of initiatives, pro-grams, and service projects throughout this past school year. In the pages to come we will highlight various types of programs that have been successful here at Champlain and in the greater com-munity. The Center is a part of the department of Student Life on campus. We often work indepen-dentlyonprogramming,butalsotakeadvantageofcollaborationacrossofficeswithinandoutsideofStudent Life to create dynamic and interesting programs for Champlain students. We also have been a vehicle for individual students or groups of students to promote causes they are passionate about. We see our commitment to the students, campus community, and greater Burlington community as follows:</p><p>Wesupport,encourage,andmotivatestudentstotakeindividualorcollectiveactionsthataddress issues of unmet (human) needs or public concern.Weengagethecampusinaprocessofbuildingourcapacityasacommunitytodiscuss,debate,andhave productive dialogue about the topics of the day.WecreatepartnershipsinthegreaterChittendenCountyareawithlocalnon-profitorganizationsin order to expose students to a broad array of local needs. </p><p>The 2011-2012 academic school year was one of impressive accomplishment and growth for the Cen-ter for Service &amp; Civic Engagement (the Center). TherewasasignificantinfluxofstudentstakinginitiativetovisittheCentersofficeinSkiffAnnex,bringing their own ideas and enthusiasm for service.</p><p>There was an increased number of students coming toourofficetoseekservicelearningopportunities.We had students from Core and Capstone classes, courses within the division of Business and Educa-tion and Human Services, and courses taught by FrankRobinson,JohnStroup,MiriamHorne,Val-erie Esposito, and Allison Estey, among others.</p><p>Students also visited the Center after they served in the community at Resident Assistant and Peer Advi-sor service activities integrated into their training. We believe that the result of these initiatives will be an increase of upperclassmen participation and a more accommodating Center offering an expansive array of opportunities.</p><p>Right: A group of Champlain Cares volunteers spent hours this fall working at a Habitat for Humanity site in Richmond to rebuild the devastated areas hit by Augusts Hurricane Irene.</p></li><li><p>Page 8 Center for ServiCe</p><p>AmeriCorps*VISTA: Kiley PhelanKileyjoinedtheCenterstaffasanAmeriCorps*VISTAfocusingontheissueofFam-ily Engagement in the local elementary schools. She works closely with the Burlington School District to help implement programs that allow for all families to feel welcome and appreciated in the school community. Kiley grew up in Connecticut, but spent the past four years studying Political Science and English at Providence College in Rhode Island. She was raised in a family that valued and encouraged service, but really attributes her passion to her time at PC. After graduation it only made sense to look for an experience that would incorporate her interest in service and education.</p><p>KaylaHedman14,MarketingHannahAndersen14,SocialWorkPaisley Saltmarsh 15, Criminal JusticeSadie Stone 13, Hospitality (Spring 2012)Wilson Slader 13, Social Work (Fall 2011)</p><p>The Center Staff</p><p>Student Staff</p><p>Above: Student staff 2011-2012 (not pictured - Wilson Slader).</p><p>Director: Kyle DodsonBefore joining the Champlain College staff in August of 2008, Kyle founded and spent four yearsasthePrincipaloftheLeeAcademyPilotSchoolinDorchester,MA.Hewasamemberof the inaugural cohort of the Boston Principal Fellows Program, a one-year intensive program to train new leaders for the Boston Public Schools. Before becoming a Principal, Kyle spent eightyearsasaStudentLifeAdministratoratSaintMichaelsCollege.Priortohiscareerineducation, he was a vice president of mortgage-backed securities trading at PaineWebber, Inc. inN.Y.C.HeholdsaB.A.inHistoryfromHarvard,anM.B.A.inFinancefromColumbia,andanEd.D.fromtheUniversityofVermontinEducationalLeadershipandPolicyStudies.</p><p>Service Coordinator: MaggieMelvinMaggiespassionsforbothserviceandphotographyhelpedfuelherstudiesinAnthropologyatSaintMichaelsCollegeinColchester,VT.Sheusesheruniquewayofunderstanding, documenting, and engaging with the world around her as she supports studentsatChamplainintheirownpursuitsofbeingengagedcitizens.AnotherofMag-gies passions is traveling and she has loved the opportunity to lead students on service tripstoVirginia,Tanzania,andUganda.Sheisexcitedtoreachouttonewstudentsandhelp connect them with their local and global communities.</p><p>AmeriCorps*VISTA:DavidMadonnaDave is a 2011 graduate of Champlain College, where he studied Digital Forensics. Workingaswork-studystudentlastyear,hequicklytransitionedintohisnewroleastheAmeriCorps*VISTAMagnetSchoolCoordinator.WorkingcloselywiththeSustainabilityAcademy and the Integrated Arts Academy in the Old North End of Burlington, he runs the AIM:AlliesinMentoringprogramonChamplainscampusaswellasworkingaspartofthe Center for Service team. He has a passion for education and social justice, making his work in the Center highly enjoyable.</p></li><li><p>Center for ServiCe Page 9</p><p>The Community We Live In</p><p>Burlingtonspopulationof42,417hasahighstandardofserviceandcivicengagementinthecom-munity. Burlingtons population swells by nearly 17,000 residents from college students at Champlain College,UniversityofVermont,andSt.MichaelsinneighboringColchester.</p><p> Burlingtonalonehad53,600volunteersbetween2007and2010,includingtheCensuspopulationand students at Burlington colleges and universities</p><p> Burlingtonhasa37.7%volunteerratecomparedto26.5%nationwide(8thwithin75mid-sizecit-ies)</p><p> Burlingtonresidentsaverage42servicehours per year per resident (22nd out of 75 nationwide mid-size cities)</p><p> Burlington residents serve approximately 6millionhoursperyeartotalinthemid-sized city</p><p> 33.8% of service in Burlington is educa-tional volunteer work</p><p>(http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/VT/Burlington)</p><p>2010 stats for Vermont: 35.2%ofVermontersvolunteer,8.9%morethanthenationwideaverageof26.3%(6thinvolunteer</p><p>rank) 178,717Vermontresidentsvolunteered21.3millionhoursofservicethroughorforanonprofitor</p><p>community organization in 2010 16%(81,179people)volunteeredinformallytoworkwithneighborstoaddressorfixa</p><p>community issue Vermontersaverage41.9servicehoursperyearperresident(10thrank</p><p>in nation) Areas in which people volunteer: -Education 29.5% -Hospital 10.8% -Other 11.9% -Religious17.4% -Socialservice16.2% -Athletics/Arts 5.8% -Civic 8.5% Top four service activities: -Fundraising 29.7% -General labor 25.5% -Professional/management22.6% -Collect/distributefood21.4%</p><p>Nationally, college students are two times more likely to volunteer than a working person.Benefitsinclude: Volunteersfeelasenseofaccomplishmentandpurposethatcausesapositiveeffectonphysical</p><p>and mental health, as well as builds healthy relationships. Volunteerswatchaboutanhourlessoftelevisionperday.</p><p>Across the board, service is important for personal and professional well-being and valued within our community.</p><p>Right: Main St., Burlington. </p></li><li><p>Page 10 Center for ServiCe</p><p>By the Numbers</p><p>To attain our goal of 20% increase in voluntary upperclassmen engagement, we have increased our on-campus programming to catch students on their way to class and invited students back to campus in the evenings (p 20). </p><p>In addition to increasing on-campus programming, we have targeted upperclassmen by integrating service into leadershiptrainingacrossStudentLifeoffices.ExposingactiveResidentAssistants,PeerAdvisorsandOrienta-tion Leaders to service has brought back more students than any other initiative (p 18).</p><p>Lastly, we have tapped into service learning courses and other upperclassmen courses to incorporate academics and career interests into service (p 19). Students have taken initiative to evolve service projects into Capstone andotheracademicrequirements.</p><p>Toretainthehighlevelsofparticipationoffirstyearstudents,theCenterhostsworkshopsatAcceptedStudentsDays(March31,April14)andhoststwoSummerLaunchprogramsthatincorporateserviceandfamiliarizethe</p><p>incomingstudentswiththeOfficeswork.</p><p>One of the Centers primary responsibilities is to work collaboratively with the LEADoffice(p18)toensurethateachfirstyearstudenthasanenriching</p><p>community service/engagement experience. This past year we offered hundreds of those opportunities, giving students a chance to con-</p><p>nectwithawidevarietyoflocalorganizations.Justover45%of the Freshman class chose to participate in a commu-</p><p>nity service program through the Center, rather than an on-campus alternative provided by LEAD. Through the Centers service activities, students were introduced to organizationssuchasCOTS,RonaldMcDonaldHouse,</p><p>Dismas, and Spectrum. To better serve the Freshman class and other interested students, we increased the number of </p><p>communitydinnersofferedeachmonthtofive.Wenowservecommunity dinners at COTS (beginning in December), and have </p><p>added a second Dismas House dinner each month.</p><p>This year we discontinued offering Service Fairs because students were not following through and it was unproductive for the organizations.</p><p>The Center has seen a trend in the past few years and validates the 80/20 rule. The same 20% of the student body(approximately100students)aremostactiveandproduce80%oftheservicethroughouroffice.</p><p>This year we admit to not having the best data as a result of not having access to DataTel. We have scanned p...</p></li></ul>

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