March 20, 2009

LSU’s Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership, or CCELL, will host the 2009 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education in Baton Rouge March, 25-27, 2009. The 2009 Summit will be held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, in downtown Baton Rouge near the Old State Capitol. Approximately 350 administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners who are engaged in service-learning at colleges and universities throughout the Gulf South attended the 2008 summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Summit participants will be offered the opportunity to join nationally recognized LSU Biological Engineering Professor Marybeth Lima on March 28 for a “Saturday Service Project” constructing a playground for Baton Rouge area children. For her innovative service-learning work, Lima received the 2007 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning and the 2005 Ernest A. Lynton Award, the nation’s two top service-learning faculty awards. She was a keynote speaker for the 2008 Gulf-South Summit.

Service-learning practitioners from throughout the United States will present interactive workshops, poster sessions and panel discussions at the three-day conference, which will explore the 2009 summit theme “Civic Engagement at the Crossroads: Rethinking Stakeholder Roles and Responsibilities.” The summit will also feature plenary speakers who will discuss best practices of service-learning as well as pre-summit workshops presented by national leaders in service-learning. The Gulf-South Summit also presents awards recognizing outstanding contributions to service-learning research, by a service-learning community partner and by a full- or part-time undergraduate student.

The 2009 Gulf-South Summit is grateful for the support of the following sponsors: Belmont University; Community College National Center for Community Engagement; International Association of Researchers on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement; Learn and Serve; LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership; Our Lady of the Lake College; Tulane University Center for Public Service; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; University of Georgia Office of Service-Learning; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. For more information, contact Jan Shoemaker, CCELL director, at 225-578-9264 or jshoema@lsu.edu.

Article excerpted from LSU Public Affairs News Release, Ernie Ballard, LSU Media Relations, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

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