Interested in Service Learning Classes?
For students, choosing classes that contain a service learning component brings them out of the classroom and into the community.
Every semester, there are a variety of courses at UNO that incorporate service learning. Students like you are given the opportunity to apply classroom curriculum to actual community needs. The opportunities provide a means of learning about the surrounding community and the organizations that serve those in need and take on important issues within the community. By doing your part, you will strengthen skills that will help you progress through your studies and/or career.
Tuesday, April 24
Dr. Lyn Holleyís Introduction to Gerontology students will be visiting Lewis and Clarkís after school program through Nebraskans for Civic Reform, about their P-16 service learning project, ìSenior Prom.î The UNO students will be working with the Lewis and Clark students and elders to learn their course material and to plan a Senior Prom for seniors from AARP and the community. At the end of the project, Dr. Holleyís students will bring a senior citizen as a date to the Senior Prom that they have planned with Lewis and Clarkís students.
Wednesday, April 25
Wildlife Safari Water Quality
UNO students from Dr. Dana Richter-Eggerís Chemistry in Environment and Society course and the Northwest High School students from Ms. Rachel Benzoniís AP Chemistry class will present their water quality test findings with the Henry Doorly Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park representatives. They visited the Wildlife Safari Park twice to collect water from the Pawnee River for their water quality testing. The students were able to use their knowledge of chemistry learned in their classrooms to help with the Parkís reptile project.
UNO professor Dr. Jonathan Benjamin Alvarado partnered with UNO adjunct professor and South High Magnet School faculty Mrs. Melissa Peterson to assist the Heartland Workers Center in their ìI Vote for My Familyî campaign that worked to increase voter turnout of South Omaha residents for the presidential election. †UNO and South students assisted the Heartland Workers Center in canvassing South Omaha neighborhoods, registering residents to vote, and phone banking in an effort to increase voter turnout. The students, faculty, HWC staff, and community members will celebrate their diligence at the Heartland Workers Center.
Thursday, April 26
Dr. Lyn Holleyís Introduction to Gerontology students and Lewis and Clarkís after school program through Nebraskans for Civic Reform, will be concluding their service learning project, ìSenior Prom.î UNO students will be taking senior citizens as dates to the prom that the students have collectively worked to create. The prom will take place on campus at the Community Engagement Center.
Social Work & Civic Engagement Final Presentations
Instructor Jeff Knappís Social Work and Civic Engagement students will be presenting short capsules on the organizations and their service learning experiences in CPACS 132 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. †The students spent 30 hours working on site or in preparation for on site activities with Alliance for a Better Omaha, Completely Kids, Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, Heartland Family Service - Family Works, and Nelson Mandela Elementary School.
In this spring semester, UNO students from Dr. Mitzi Ritzmanís Early Language Development course had an opportunity to visit homes of the families, who were clients of the Learning Community Center of South Omaha. Working closely with the Navigators of LCC, students prepared the individualized lesson plans about language development and worked with small children and parents. Today, UNO students will share their learning experiences and reflections through a presentation in the IDEAS Room, Roskens Hall at UNO.
Get the Word Out
Throughout the spring semester, UNO students from Dr. Mitzi Ritzmanís Childhood Language Disorders course worked with high school students at the Blackburn Alternative Program. Each week, the UNO students prepared the customized lesson plans and worked in four different classrooms (Art, Computer Graphics, English, and Yearbook). Today, they will present about their experiences working with Blackburn students in their service-learning project.
UNO students from Dr. Robbinsí Special Topics in Native Americans class will visit with Ms. Brittany Strongís NICE students from North High to continue working on their buckskin buddies, which are influenced by Native American culture. The students will also be preparing for their exhibit, which will be happening at the UNO Criss Library on May 4th.
Keeping Omaha Beautiful
Students from Marlina Davidsonís Public Speaking class and Nathan Hale Middle School Rebecca Stradinskiís students will be teaming up to create presentations about the different ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle in Omaha. The students will be preparing for next weekís presentation along with receiving a tour of UNOís campus.
Friday, April 27
Adopt a Classroom
Professor Aaron Kruegerís Young Scholars class will host Washington Elementary with third and fourth grade students for their yearlong P-16 Initiative partnership titled Adopt a Classroom. The UNO students crafted tailored campus tours for the elementary students based on pen-pal type letter exchanges from the elementary school students. Students will share a meal together, tour the campus, and discuss student life at UNO.
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