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Donald Mowry to Lead
MAILED: March 12, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — A faculty member with extensive experience in service-learning and working with community agencies has been named director of the Center for Service-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz announced today that Dr. Donald Mowry, associate professor and former director of internship and field education in the department of social work and interim director of service-learning since August 2001, will direct the service-learning program, following a campus search process. The appointment is effective March 15.
"I am very honored and excited to be chosen for this position," Mowry said. "I firmly believe that service-learning is a powerful vehicle for instilling in students a commitment to community, a compassion for others, a sense of social and economic justice and a life-long pattern of active contribution to our democratic society."
Mowry joined UW-Eau Claire in 1988. He earned his doctoral degree in social work from UW-Madison and holds a certificate in development of community services from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo. His involvement with community agencies includes service as a board member of the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, president of Advocates for Multicultural Education and service as a mentor for an immigrant Hmong family.
"Dr. Mowry's work with our Network for Excellence in Teaching has given him considerable visibility on campus just as his work with community agencies has given him visibility in our region," Satz said. "He has done an outstanding job in leading the Center for Service-Learning as interim director, and I am confident he will continue to provide quality leadership for our program."
UW-Eau Claire requires all students to fulfill 30 or more clock-hours of approved service-learning activities in order to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. The service-learning requirement is intended to provide students with the opportunity to serve their community through knowledge gained in the classroom and to enhance their critical thinking skills. UW-Eau Claire is the only public university in Wisconsin and one of only a handful in the nation to have the service-learning requirement, which has lead to national attention for the program.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 12, 2002