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Defiance College Congress Proposal

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Title of your College or University: Defiance College


Names of Students Attending:  Austin Kleman, Rachel Flad, Gene Snyder, Jocelyn Tingsley




Name of Your Big Idea:  Taking Meetings to the Next Step: Incorporating Service with the Issues



     A challenge that we have faced with our Bonner Program at Defiance College is getting out of the routine of meeting in a typical classroom.  While our meetings are very informative, members of the Bonner Program are always clamoring for more service and less typical meetings.  As a result, the Bonner Congress Representatives at Defiance College, Rachel Flad and Austin Kleman, have been incorporating service-based supplemental meetings in with the typical meetings which allows students to do a service project instead of attending a meeting.  This helps students see how important the issues that are discussed impact our campus and local community.  This new model of organizing meetings has been a success with the students.



Big Idea

     Our Big Idea addresses Integrating Issue-Based Teams or an Issue Focus.  One of the biggest challenges for the Defiance College Bonner Leadership Program has been finding a way to take the meeting out of the classroom and into the field.  Each month, the Bonner Congress Representatives are focusing on one issue and developing at least one service project to go along with the issue.  For example, our issue focus last month was the environment.  As a service project, Rachel Flad and Austin Kleman developed two service projects based on the environment: one was cleaning the nature exhibit at Camp Libbey, a local Girl Scouts camp, and the other was partnering with the campus Ecology Club to help with roadside pickup of trash along an adopted stretch of a road.  Both projects were well received and involved a number of Bonner Leaders.


     This model can be effective for other schools experiencing similar problems of Integrating Issue-Based Teams or an Issue Focus.  The gap from meeting to service can be a large one and hard to overcome.  Our focus-to-service meeting plan can be used to bridge this gap and develop ideas for other schools that may better fit their program and locale.  This can also be a useful tool if your All-Bonner Meeting time does not coinside with individual schedules.  All college students are busy, and an afternoon or weekend alternative can be helpful for all Bonners.


Action Plan

     Our Big Idea can involve any number of students, faculty, staff, or community partners, so long as they want to get involved.  The beauty of this project is that it can be applied to all groups of people and agencies.  Being a Congress Representative allows one to take charge, as they can be looked at as the leaders for their Bonner Program, and organize students to do issue-based projects.  From other Bonner Congress Representatives, we hope to gain ideas for new service projects and any suggestions that may improve the model for our meetings.  Bonner Congress meetings allow us to communicate with other schools who have similar ideas and problems as our program, and we are better able to troubleshoot those issues.


Conclusion/Anything Else

     Our proposal aims to provide a model for Bonner Congress Representatives to use to incorporate service into the meetings necessary for an effective Bonner Program.  While the meetings are informative and can be very helpful, students tend to want to do service rather than sit through a meeting.  The idea of supplementing meetings with a service project based on an issue that is being focused on has been successful for the Bonner Program at Defiance College. 



Which Groups Will You Be In?

From the list below, please list which groups best connect to your idea. We will have people work in groups during the meeting.  (If you don't know, we'll try to place you based on your proposal).


Integrating Issue-Based Teams or an Issue Focus



Review the guidelines on the project before getting started: Bonner Congress Project Proposal Guidelines.pdf

For a written proposal example click here: Mock Congress Proposal .pdf

For a video example click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz7Nbw7XFTI



Update - Report to Share in the 20th Anniversary Congress Booklet

We intend to create a beautifully designed book to be distributed at the 20th Anniversary Summer Leadership Institute that shares with the entire Bonner Network the work of Congress Representatives in 2009-2010 on their big ideas. Please write your report in the format below. For an example, click on this page:  http://bonnernetwork.pbworks.com/Big-Idea-Summaries


1) Title (of your project/big idea - feel free to update from the fall).


2) The Case: Tell us briefly the history of the challenge you tackled with your Big Idea. This should be no more than 100 words.


3) The Solution:  What is your Big Idea?  What was the idea to tackle this challenge?  This should be no more than 300 words.


4) The Process: Tell us in more detail what your Big Idea is.  Please illustrate how your “Big Idea” addresses the root issues of the problems you are working with.  What are the specific issues, needs, or gaps your idea sought to improve and how did it improve them?  This should be no more than 500 words (two paragraphs).


Please upload 2-3 relevant photos (of your Reps, project, etc.).  Try to select photos that have high resolution quality. This will appear in the booklet.


The deadline for this update if you want your school to be considered and included in the book is FRIDAY, APRIL 30th!




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