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April 27, 2012

Johs-Artisensi and Faber honored at Service-Learning Recognition Breakfast

Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of health care administration, and senior business student Samantha Faber recognized at the university’s 14th annual Service-Learning Recognition Breakfast April 18.

Johs-Artisensi was presented with the Faculty/Staff Excellence in Service-Learning award for her work with health care administration students during their yearlong senior practicum. During their practicum, students propose and lead four leadership projects at their practicum site that directly or indirectly impact resident care. Past projects have included fundraising and building an enclosed outdoor garden space for dementia care residents, implementing resident Internet access and Skype training to help residents stay connected with their families, and implementing flexible dining options that give residents more choices. In 2011, 40 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire health care administration students logged 70,000 service-learning hours working on 140 different leadership projects as part of their yearlong senior capstone practicum experience. Nearly 3,500 residents at 35 different long term care facilities were positively impacted by the students’ work.

Samantha Faber, a business economics and accounting double major from Falcon Heights, MN was the recipient of the Student Excellence in Service-Learning award for her work with the UW-Eau Claire Jumpstart program. Faber started volunteering for the program in fall 2007 as an AmeriCorps member and took on the role of a team leader when Jumpstart transitioned to the ECLIPSE program. ECLIPSE is an AmeriCorps program focused on early childhood literacy in Eau Claire and Altoona.

For a full listing of 2011-2012 outstanding service-learning students, visit the Center for Service-Learning website.

For more information about the UW-Eau Claire service-learning program, contact Dr. Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning, at 715-836-4649.

Source: UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

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