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April 26, 2011

Pratt receives excellence in service learning award

Dr. Jean A. Pratt, associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Information Systems, was one of the faculty members selected to receive the 2011 UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Service Learning as a Faculty/Academic Staff Member award.

Pratt, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2006, has served as a faculty mentor on 19 service-learning projects, according to Dr. Donald Mowry, director for Service-Learning.

“I encourage students to contribute their knowledge, skills, time and efforts in meaningful service learning activities,” stated Pratt. “The combined contributions that are made to community partners has a huge impact for the students, organizations, and all individuals involved.”

Pratt traditionally has students complete community service projects in two of the courses she teaches, IS 310 (Systems Analysis and Design) and IS 344 (Database Management Systems). As part of their coursework, students work on information systems for a client of their own choosing.

Students in Pratt’s information systems courses completed phases of two different community service projects for Trinity Equestrian Center, an Eau Claire, WI non-profit organization and full service horse center that offers therapeutic riding and equine assisted psychotherapy as well as more traditional riding lessons and summer horse camps.

Students in IS 310 selected Trinity Equestrian Center as their client to document, analyze and develop an information system. Pratt, who was unfamiliar with Trinity, was so impressed by the organization and their needs that she also had students in her IS 344 (Database Management Systems) design a database for the non-profit.

 “I have only had the privilege of knowing Jean Pratt for a very short time and in a very finite environment,” said Toni Mattson, co-owner of Trinity Equestrian Center. “But what I have come to know is that she is incredibly passionate about providing her students with valuable learning opportunities and community partnerships that help further develop and refine their skills. Because of her, they are not only better prepared for their future careers, but they are equipped to excel in them!  Thank you for including Trinity Equestrian Center in this endeavor.”

Dr. Pratt is a member of Decision Sciences Institute and past president of the International Association for Computer Information Systems. She has been involved in public service by using her many technological talents through the design, development and maintenance of several websites for non-profit organizations.

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From left to right: Kelsey Gaedtke, Center for Service-Learning student office and publicity assistant, Jean Pratt, information systems, and Don Mowry, Center for Service-Learning program director

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