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2009.09.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Midwest Consortium on Service Learning Sept. 23-25

Omaha - The Service Learning Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host “Millennials Making a Difference,” a conference on service learning among today’s youth, Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 25.

The event will bring together students and faculty from the 29 colleges and universities from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota affiliated with the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. The group will conduct workshops and seminars related to effective service-learning pedagogy, assessment of learning in service-learning courses, and innovations in service-learning approaches.

Two speakers will discuss the value of service learning focused on this year’s topic, “Millennials Making a Difference.”

Shelley H. Billig has been vice president of RMC Research since 1995. She serves as principal investigator of several national studies and as associate director of a regional technical assistance center, focusing on the areas of educational reform at the national, state, and local levels; federal programs implementation with an emphasis on Title I; academic achievement; service-learning; civic engagement; philanthropy, technology integration; early childhood; and character development. She has authored or co-edited 15 books and authored dozens of articles on educational reform at the preschool, K–12, and higher education levels

Mark David Milliron is an award-winning author, speaker and consultant best known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies and the human side of technology change. Milliron works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, corporations, associations and government agencies across the country and around the world. He serves as board chair for the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education and as a trustee for Western Governors University and Spruce Pine Montessori School. He is also the founder and CEO of the private consulting and service group, Catalyze Learning International (CLI). In addition, he serves on numerous corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups; guest lectures for educational institutions nationally and internationally; and authors and moderates the Catalytic Conversations Blog.

About the Service Learning Academy
The Service Learning Academy at UNO was established in 1999 with a grant from the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. The office is currently supported by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at UNO.

Service-learning offerings at UNO have grown tremendously in the academy’s history. In the 1998-99 academic year, 133 students taking seven courses participated in service learning. By the 2008-2009 academic year, participation grew to nearly 1,600 students in more than 100 classes in disciplines and interdisciplinary programs across the university.

The Service Learning Academy supports and develops ongoing relationships with more than 200 community partners, and provides faculty development opportunities to UNO faculty to assist in service-learning pedagogy scholarship.

Visit www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/ for more information, or call (402) 554-6019.

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