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August 2008 Updates

Page history last edited by Miriam Barnes 12 years, 1 month ago

29 August 2008

Contents:
[1] Tragic loss at Emory & Henry
[2] Important AmeriCorps Reminders
[3] Update on BWBRS
[4] The Bonner Network Wiki
[5] Free Webinar: Educating for Democracy
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[1] Tragic loss at Emory & Henry
In the midst of all the excitement and anticipation of the new school year and presidential politics, I am mindful of the tragic death of Josh Smith, a rising senior Bonner Scholar at Emory & Henry who died earlier this month. The Emory and Henry community will be holding a memorial service for Josh on Sunday, August 31.
I encourage all of us to take a moment to consider the gift of life and health, to feel the heartbreak that so many are feeling, and to renew our commitment with Josh’s life in mind, seeking to carry on the joy that he shared with his friends and the love that he gave through his service.
I hope that the Bonner community will reach out to the Emory & Henry community in a way that you find fitting and meaningful.
Wayne Meisel
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[2] Important AmeriCorps Reminders
Thanks to all of you who completed our survey letting us know when to expect your fall enrollments. Please remember to send them to us when you said you would or let us know that they are delayed so we can stay on top of all the paperwork!
When Enrolling students, please remember:
  • Enrollment signature dates must be on or before the date the student wishes to begin their term of service. Any signatures dated after the requested enrollment date will change the enrollment date. We have to receive enrollment booklets in our office no later than 20 days past the requested enrollment date.
  • Please do not certify the enrollment books. We do that here at the Bonner Foundation.
When Exiting students, please remember:
  • All time logs with original signatures must be on file in The Bonner Foundation.
  • Exit forms must be dated on or after the last day of service (the final time log entry).
  • Please do not certify the exit forms. We complete that section at the Bonner Foundation
 
In case you have not yet responded to the survey on AmeriCorps enrollments, please follow this link: 
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[3] Update on BWBRS
We'll be switching to BWBRS 3.0 once we have all the BWBRS 2.9 functions working properly.  In the meantime, please continue to use and train your new students on BWBRS 2.9.
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[4] The Bonner Network Wiki
Starting next week, each weekly update will include links and highlights from the Bonner Network Wiki. If you have not yet spent much time on the Wiki, it’s time to start clicking!
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[5] Free Webinar: Educating for Democracy
NOTE:  This is an opportunity to continue the focus on connecting service and politics by thinking about strategies that can fit for your campus.
FREE WEBINAR:  Educating for Democracy:  Developing Students' Political Skills, Knowledge, and Dispositions through Service-Learning
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 4:00-5:15 p.m. Eastern time
Description:
Service-learning courses - including those supported by Learn and Serve America and thus prohibited from supporting partisan events and advocacy - can contribute a great deal to the health of our democracy by deliberately engaging students in ways that develop their political skills, knowledge, and dispositions. At the heart of service-learning (and higher education more generally) is the imperative of open inquiry.  Engagement in dialogue and action that is nonpartisan, includes multiple perspectives, and requires critical thinking and deliberation about pressing issues not only increases students' capacity and motivation to participate in public life (as documented in the Carnegie Foundation's Political Engagement Project), but also responds to students' desire for an alternative to polarization and "spin" (as documented in the CIRCLE report, Millennials Talk Politics).
The presenters will share key findings from the Carnegie Foundation's Political Engagement Project, specific examples of activities that can be incorporated into service-learning courses without violating CNCS regulations, and suggestions and resources related to developing faculty members' capacityto facilitate such activities.  Please join us for this important conversation.
Presenters:
Thomas Ehrlich, co-author, Educating for Democracy:  Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement; Senior Scholar, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; former university president, law school dean, and member of the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service
Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies, Providence College; author, Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum:  A Resource Book for Faculty in All Disciplines; member of the Campus Compact Consulting Corps
Registration:
Participants are encouraged to register ahead of time at: http://www.servicelearning.org/nslc/teleconference_reg_form/
To join the session:
You must both log in online and call in via phone.
Attendee password: educate
Call in (toll free) at: 866-365-4406
Access Code: 4384139
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21 August 2008

 
Contents:
[1] Looking for BWBRS 3.0 Beta Testers
[2] Update on BWBRS
[3] Request for classes to survey for research
[4] International Internship Opportunity
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[1] Looking for BWBRS 3.0 Beta Testers
We've finally entered the beta testing phase of the BWBRS 3.0 development cycle.  So, we're looking for Bonner staff who are interested in taking it through it's paces over the next few weeks.  If you're interested, please email Bobby Hackett (rhackett@bonner.org) so he can give you more detailed instructions.
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[2] Update on BWBRS
We'll be switching to BWBRS 3.0 once we have all the BWBRS 2.9 functions working properly.  In the meantime, please continue to use and train your new students on BWBRS 2.9.
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[3] Request for classes to survey for research
As the school year starts back, I want to wish you the best of luck. I used to work as the Bonner Leader Coordinator at Pfeiffer University.  I am currently working on a MA in Comparative Religious Studies and am looking to write my thesis on Service Learning and Interfaith Dialogue.  I would like to survey two World Religions classes, one taught in the traditional banking method, and the other a Service Learning class with a service project in which students work with people from various faiths.  This is where I need your help.  If you have a Service Learning World Religions class at your school, I would like get in touch with the professor(s) to try set up the possibility of working with them.  You can get in touch with me through email (ajordan82@gmail.com) or you can call me at (615) 260-1861.  I appreciate any help, and hope you all have a wonderful semester.
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[4] International Internship Opportunity
Unite for Sight is now accepting applications for 2008 and 2009 volunteer abroad opportunities in Ghana, Honduras and India. Volunteers do not need medical training to work with this organization in their commitment to restoring sight and providing eye care. Information can be found at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad.
You may also be interested in the Unite For Sight 6th Annual Global Health Conference at Yale http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference Join 2,500 conference participants and more than 200 featured speakers for a weekend
conference about global health, international development, social entrepreneurship, and public health. Keynote addresses by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, and Dr. Harold Varmus. Register today to secure the lowest rate.
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12 August 2008

Contents:
[1] Gearing up for Americorps
[2] Staff Changes at The Bonner Foundation
[3] Another successful New Directors and Coordinators Meeting
[4] Fall Director's Meeting
[5] Fall Congress Meeting
[6] Internship Opportunities
[7] The National Learn & Serve Challenge
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[1] Gearing up for AmeriCorps
We want to help you make this Fall THE semester for your students to be in Bonner AmeriCorps! It is an option that they should not want to miss!! It can help students decrease their student loans as much as 25% over four years! Moreover, with three different types of AmeriCorps slots, students have the flexibility to build AmeriCorps into their college career in ways that suit their needs and interests. 
Even if you have already given us your slot request for this Fall, we need you to fill out the following survey by Wednesday, August 13, 2008 so we can have our final counts for Fall 2008 enrollments: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9JFOXXE_2fh6OimiuOyd_2bR7w_3d_3d
If you are new to Bonner AmeriCorps and want to discuss the possibility of enrolling your Bonners in the program, please give one of us a call: 609-924-6663.  
For access to the Foundation's updated Bonner AmeriCorps resources, please visit http://www.bonner.org/campus/edaward/home.htm
The Bonner AmeriCorps Team: Christen Foell, Rebecca Grinstead, Bobby Hackett, Gretchen Mielke, Annie Pasqua,
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[2] Staff Changes at The Bonner Foundation
In mid-July we welcomed Miriam Barnes, a new assistant to Wayne. In addition to assisting Wayne, Miriam is working with the AmeriCorps team and the Serve 2.0 initiative. Miriam is a graduate of Calvin College and a recent graduate of Western Theological Seminary where she received her Master's of Divinity. Miriam brings experience in higher education, community and international service. Newly married, Miriam recently relocated from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Miriam’s email is mbarnes@bonner.org.
Earlier this summer we said farewell to Joan Horton who played a key role in our AmeriCorps team over the last few years. If Joan was your contact, rest assured that someone else in the office has been re-assigned to assist you!
As we head into mid-August our summer interns are winding up their time with us as well. Kelly, Andrew and Mike have done amazing work with our new wiki (www.bonnernetwork.pbwiki.com) and other Serve 2.0 initiatives, adding new information and fleshing out the ins and outs of the Bonner world. Be sure to peruse the wiki and bookmark it as a great resource for all Bonner questions!
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[3] Another successful New Directors and Coordinators Meeting
From July 27-30 we welcomed around 40 participants to Princeton, NJ to participate in our annual New Directors meeting. We had several new schools present and even some schools who do not yet have a Bonner program. There were even a few participants back for a refresher course! Plenty of networking happened as well as some great planning for a new year of Bonner love!
[4] 2008 Fall Director's Meeting
Each fall in November, the Bonner Foundation organizes a meeting of Bonner Program Directors, Coordinators, and related campus-wide service program staff. Mark your calendars for the 2008 meeting being held at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina, from Sunday, November 9 through Tuesday, November 11. At this point we have an agenda outline in place. Be on the lookout for a survey to help us determine programming content. Check the Bonner website for more information. 
[5] 2008 Fall Congress Meeting
The annual Fall Congress meeting dates are set. Mark your calendars for October 24-26, 2008. This year’s Congress will be held at West Virginia Wesleyan College, in conjunction with the Engaging Our World conference. Details about EOW can be found at http://www.wvwc.edu/commservice/eow-home.asp. More details are coming soon on the Bonner Congress meeting.
[6] Internship Opportunities
·      The National Student News Service is accepting applications for fall internships. They have several different positions, all of which focus on improving campus journalism. Interns are involved with monitoring student news outlets, writing original news articles, and helping to build the organization through networking and outreach. For more information contact info@nsns.org. To apply: send resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample (500 words or less) to anne@nsns.org
·      Great international internship opportunity in Honduras for pre-med and nursing students! Through one-month to three-month internships, HEAL Interns learn about pediatric medicine and public health first-hand by working alongside American and Honduran doctors, residents, medical students, nurses, and other health care workers on the island of Roatan, Honduras. Please contact HEALinternship@gmail.com if you have any questions. Their website is http://globalhealing.org/projects/rvpcinterns/index.html
[7] The National Learn & Serve Challenge
Celebrate Service-learning and accept the National Learn & Serve Challenge on October 6-12, 2008. This is a great time to shine a spotlight on service-learning. Activities might include contacting the media, holding an event that demonstrates or celebrates service-learning, or issuing a proclamation in support of Learn and Serve America. Through service-learning, young people can BE A SOLUTION to real world challenges that face our community, nation and the world. 
Visit the National Learn & Serve Challenge www.learnandservechallenge.org to learn more about what you can do! For more information contact nslp@aed.org or (202) 884-8982.

 

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