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Bonner Campus Profiles

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     PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY

 

Please complete responses to the following prompts by July 11, 2011.  To upload files or documents:  Click edit.  Click Images and files in the right sidebar. Find and upload your file from your computer or server.  You can also cut and paste it in.

 

Community Partnerships:


 

  • In a few paragraphs, describe 1-2 outstanding examples or highlights of community partnerships and projects that were accomplished with them through the regular school year.  For example, you may choose to profile the work of a particular site team, research project, or other innovative initiative.

 

     Our best community partnership was with the creation of our Pfeiffer Community Mentors Program. Students served 2 afternoons a week in teams at Nazareth Children's Home, Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Stanly County YMCA, Millingport Elementary School, Ridgecrest Elementary, and Wesley Chapel Road UMC Preschool. The Director met regularly (phone, e-mail, or in person) with site supervisors at all sites who also served as wonderful mentors for the student volunteers. There was also a collaboration with the Education department on campus as students were trained in promoting youth development, academic enrichment, and healthy behaviors with the kids at their site. 

     Other community partnerships included Saturdays of Service held with non-profits such as Stanly County Habitat for Humanity, Morrow Mountain State Park, Christian United Outreach, Rowan Helping Ministries, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Center, Dan Nicholas Park, Wings of Eagle Ranch, Lutheran Senior Home, Stanly County Special Olympics, Stanly County Senior Services, Stanly County Christian Ministries, and Town of Richfield Park.  

 

Student Development:


 

  • Please briefly describe your Bonner Program meeting structure here.
    • Our Bonner Leaders meet as a group once a month for reflection, training, and announcements. The Bonner Leaders who are a part of the Pfeiffer Community Mentors program meet once a week in their teams while our student Service Scholar coordinator leads reflection, training, and planning activities for their site. 



  • Please briefly describe your student leadership structure (i.e., BLT, interns, etc.) and any key projects or initiatives they accomplished here.
    • Our student leadership structure consists of a 6 person Francis Center Student Leadership Team. This includes the Community Partner coordinator, Cline LLC coordinator, Service Scholar coordinator, Social Issue coordinator, Alternative Break Trip coordinator, and Social Media/Marketing coordinator. The Community Partner coordinator planned the Pfeiffer/Wingate service exchange. The Cline LLC coordinator planned the community garden and Angel Tree project. The Service Scholar coordinator helped the Director create the Pfeiffer Community Mentors Program. The Social Issue coordinator planned Hunger & Homelessness Week and Servant Leadership Week events. The Alternative Break trip coordinator planned service trips to Tuskegee, AL and Georgetown, SC. The Social Media/Marketing coordinator increased the number of pictures of events and created our Francis Center Facebook page.

 

  • Please upload a copy of your training and enrichment calendar.  Also, feel free to upload and briefly annotate any particularly useful training, education, or reflection sessions you can share with the network. 
    • Our monthly Bonner Leader meetings occurred the third Monday of every month in the Fall and Spring semesters (2010-2011) (Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, January 17, February 21, March 21, and Apr. 18. 

 

Cornerstone Activities:


 

  • In a few sentences, describe your First Year Trip.  Include the dates, location, type of service and key partners involved (name, address, website link so that we can build a google map of trip partners).
    • Our First-Year trip for Bonner Leaders went to Tuskegee, Alabama where students served with Alabama Rural Ministry (arm-al.org) from March 5 - March 10. These students served on a construction crew that did home repairs to low-income people in need. Students also visited Tuskegee University and learned about its relevance in the Civil Rights movement.  

 

  • In a few sentences, describe your Second Year Exchange.  Include the partner campuses, dates, location, main activities (i.e., service, conference), and key partners involved (name, address, website link).  
    • Because of the high number of freshmen in our program, Pfeiffer University held a 2-day service exchange for all Bonner Leader students with Wingate University (NC Campus Compact sister institution). On October 1-2, Pfeiffer University students traveled to Wingate University, camped out on their campus for homelessness, served at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Center, and attended a football game. On March 19-20, Wingate University students traveled to Pfeiffer University to serve at the nearby Wings of Eagles Ranch & Dan Nicholas Park, attended a University casino night event, and participated in our Cline Living-Learning Community slumber party.

 

  • In a few sentences, describe any Junior or Senior Enrichment projects or leadership roles that upper-class students in your program played this year.
    • The majority of the students in our program were underclassmen. However, one student Clarissa Reece was a project leader at Nazareth Children's Home in Rockwell, NC. Clarissa was a team leader at our site and led a Nazareth Children's Home visit to Pfeiffer University that promoted education and college access to middle and high school students who are living at that orphanage.  This was a productive enrichment project that included collaborations with various Pfeiffer University departments (Francis Center, Admissions, Academic Support Services) and our community partner.

 

  • If relevant, please describe the structure for Senior Capstone projects.  Select one that you'd like to share with the network.  
    •  We did not have any seniors this year in the Bonner Leader program.  

Campus-wide Collaboration:


 

  • In a few paragraphs, describe an initiative or project that involved cross-campus collaboration this year.  For example, you may want to highlight an initiative (service day, awareness week, issue forum) involving faculty, career services, multicultural life, student affairs, and/or other clubs and organizations.  Or you may want to describe collaboration that contributed to improvements or success with core Bonner Program functions (i.e., recruitment, staffing, PR).

 

 

     One successful initiative involving our Bonner Leader program was the development of a living-learning community in our Cline Residence Hall on campus dedicated to promoting the ideals and practices of servant leadership. The primary elements of this program include a residential component, linked academic courses, group servant leader projects, peer-to-peer community engagement, and supportive professional and academic advisors. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of this living-learning community added to the full personal, social, and intellectual development of the student.

     The living-learning community better achieved the mission of Pfeiffer University by focusing student efforts more on service and less on just volunteerism. In the fall semester, students engaged that natural feeling to serve by creating a social justice or civic engagement issue awareness and education campaign and presentation. Participants practiced their aspiration to lead by conducting a group research service project in the spring semester. Students who successfully finished the year received significant experiential learning, a superior residential environment, networking opportunities, university recognition, and increased personal, intellectual, and social development.

     A successful university program is one that accomplishes the mission and vision of the university and becomes ingrained in its culture. It is collaborative and shared among many departments. The Cline Residence Hall living-learning community partners the Francis Center, Residence Life, Communications Department, Student Development, and various other academic departments, alumni, and community leaders. An advisory committee was also created with cross-campus membership designed to provide appropriate direction for this program.

 

Serve 2.0:


 

  • This year marks the completion of the third of the Serve 2.0 initiative. Please provide the names and links for your program's use of any of the following platforms.  

 

  • In addition, in a few paragraphs, describe what web-based tools your program has found most useful.  We are particularly interested in knowing which you continue to use and manage regularly and why.

 

     The Pfeiffer University Bonner Leader program (Francis Center for Servant Leadership) has found Facebook to be the most useful. Students check it more than their regular e-mail. By creating fan pages, groups, and announcements, it is easy to use this tool to promote service opportunities on campus.  

 

 

 

 

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