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UW-Eau Claire Administrators to Attend
Workshop for American Democracy Project

 MAILED:  Oct. 29, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — In conjunction with the American Democracy Project, the new three-year national initiative aimed at increasing student participation in civic life, a team of four University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire administrators will attend a free workshop being held Nov. 7 at UW-Madison.

“Service Learning and the First Year Experience,” which will meet from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 109 of the Madison Union South, is aimed at providing models and ideas for effectively integrating service-learning and community-based research into first year experience programs and then connecting those programs to the broader concept of a fully engaged campus. The workshop also will provide a chance for the team from UW-Eau Claire to connect with those engaged in similar activities at other campuses.

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, professor of English at Bentley College, will be the featured workshop speaker. Zlotkowski is a senior associate at the American Association for Higher Education and recently edited “Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience: Preparing Students for Personal Success and Civic Responsibility,” published by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Since 1999 he has worked with Campus Compact to create professional development opportunities in service-learning for provosts, deans and engaged academic departments.

Zlotkowski consulted with UW-Eau Claire for what was then an annual symposium when the university was first implementing its service-learning requirement in August of 1995.

“It is particularly fitting that we again turn to Dr. Zlotkowski for guidance,” said Dr. Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-learning. “His prophetic keynote address to the campus when we began our journey was titled ‘The Power and Potential of Service-Learning,” said Mowry, noting that Zlotkowski has provided nationwide leadership to the service-learning and civic engagement movement and is the editor of an American Association for Higher Education monograph series on service-learning in the academic disciplines.

Following the workshop, the UW-Eau Claire representatives — Steven Tallant, associate vice chancellor; Jason Tetzloff, first year experience coordinator; Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, interim assistant to the provost; and Mowry — will attend a regional meeting of the American Democracy Project.

UW-Eau Claire participated in a pre-pilot American Democracy Project involving 150 students and five faculty members during the spring 2003 semester. The project used The New York Times as a tool to help integrate current events and issues into the students’ courses. During the 2003-04 academic year, the focus will be on a campus pilot project with 27 FYE faculty and 1,068 students using The New York Times in their classes.

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Updated: October 29, 2003