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1 Sunnyvale University Community Engagement Proposal Closing the gap between town & gownArkansas Tech University:Morgan Combs, Justine Tozer, Hope Russell, Tyler Perkins
2 Welcome! Agenda Goals Overlying Issue Solutions Justification/Research Today we are going to propose multiple solutions, based off of research and student development theories, that combined will strengthen the bond between our university and town communities.AgendaGoalsOverlying IssueSolutionsOffice of Community EngagementRelocation of Graduate SchoolCommunity CenterSocial MediaJustification/ResearchTimelineSummary
3 “A private benefit, not a public good.” Higher Education is currently viewed as,“A private benefit, not a public good.”- Dr. Ernest BoyerGoalsCommitteeBecome a cohesive unit that together work to better our communitiesCultivate student learning and produce citizens of worldReduce amount of heavy student traffic in town’s centerIncrease communication between the community and campusDean of StudentsDirector of Residence LifeDirector of Student ActivitiesDeputy MayorDean of Graduate CollegeStudent Government StudentGraduate StudentQuote source: Boyer, E. (1996). The scholarship of engagement. Journal of Public Service and Outreach, 1(1),We need to change this.
4 Back to our roots when… and the two were joined.” “the university was engaged in civic advancement,and the citywas engaged inintellectual advancement,Image obtained fromQuote source: Boyer, E. (1996). The scholarship of engagement. Journal of Public Service and Outreach, 1(1),and the twowere joined.”- Dr. Ernest Boyer
5 A Nation in Need of Collaboration As a nation, higher education is no longer viewed as a public good; students are focusing on their intellectual education, graduating, and obtaining a job. We need to educate our students to become global citizens who actively participate in the betterment of their communities, not just train them for a specific career.This starts here and now with our community. If we as a university are not connected to our surrounding community, how can we expect students to do any differently when they leave here?We need to lead by example.Boyer, E. (1996). The scholarship of engagement. Journal of Public Service and Outreach, 1(1),Boyer, E. (1996). The scholarship of engagement. Journal of Public Service and Outreach, 1(1),
6 Office of Community Engagement 1st Step: Create anOffice of Community EngagementIn order to mend and enhance the relationship between our university and the community we need to recognize that this is not a quick fix. Like any relationship, it require continuous and evolving care.This office will serve as the university’s primary source for repairing the bond with the community. A full-time Director, along with a graduate assistant will lead this initiative, beginning with the following suggestions & programs.
8 Office of Community Engagement CELP - Community Engagement Leadership ProgramStudents become leaders largely through civic engagementEach student is paired with a mentor from the communityAttending a town hall meeting is a requirementStudent Organization (Sunnyvale Serves)Executive board & student volunteers /membersStaff AdvisorVolunteer community advisor from mayor’s officeOrganize & implement service days & drives, among other community centered initiativesCommunity Activities/EventsSunnyvale SaturdaySustainable SunnyvaleSU4Youth
9 Continuing Activities Sustainable SunnyvaleCommunity and campus wide recycling initiative lead by Sunnyvale Student Organizations (primarily by Sunnyvalle Serves) and head of town recycling committee. Leaders will work together to incorporate both university and community recycling centers in the program. Students and community leaders will lead a collaborative effort to educate the university and community on best waste-reduction practices. The group will focus on education through visits to local schools and student organizations, as well as establishing a presence at campus and community events.SU4YouthSunnyvale University for Youth will be a mentor program for local students K-12. The program will utilize SU staff, faculty, and students as mentors for local students. Some of the services and opportunity provided by SU4Youth will be:Free tutoring for students K-12 provided by Sunnyvale University studentsCollege essay and application assistance provided by SU students for high school juniors and seniorsThe Sunnyvale Community ScholarshipOne local student awarded a full scholarship to SU for partaking in the program
10 Sunnyvale Saturday (Annual Event) Family Fun Run3K family friendly walk/run begins at in the center of downtown $10 to register. All proceeds benefit proposed community center (you’ll hear about this soon!)Ends at the center of town with a lunch provided by the universitySunnyvale CarnivalGames and attractions provided by university groups as part of their programming initiativesStudents in CELP, the leadership program, must participate in the carnival as part of course curriculumAdmission is a donation of any amountAll games, attractions, and food freeDonations will benefit the community center renovations and/or upkeep
11 Sunnyvale Saturday, cont. Sunnyvale SoireeGala held at the end of Sunnyvale Saturday for local business owners, community leaders, university administration and student leaders$50/person dinner *Office of Community Engagement will assist students in fundraising efforts to afford ticketsStudent organizations or community groups may sponsor a table for $200On-site child care provided *Silent auction*Partner with Early Childhood Development and Hospitality Management faculty to offer incentive (i.e. internship hours) to their advanced students to work the event.
12 Communication Efforts Twitter: Utilize hash tags such as #SUserves to promote and organize event updates. People can follow the tag to keep up-t0-date and connected.Facebook: Create a Facebook page for the Office of Community Engagement to allow people to “like” the page and gain access information about what we are up to.YouTube: Actively demonstrate progress that is being made in the community through highlight videos.Instagram: Share photos that help others follow progress of and see SU engaging in the community. Will also utilize hash tags like Twitter.School Newspaper & Town Newspaper (Print and Online): Create working relationship between both entities to share postings and/or articles of important news and events going on in the community and campus.
13 2nd Step: Graduate School Relocation Build a new graduate school on the Sunnyvale Campus for use by Fall 2013 semesterMission: Keep our graduate students linked to the campus and decrease heavy traffic in town center.Once the new graduate school is completed we will begin renovation on the current downtown facilities immediately.Propose to create a community center to be used and operated by our students as well as community members.Include wellness facilities and programsOpen for use by Fall 2014 semester.Goals:Source for idea: Netter Center.Improve collaboration of all university community engagement programs.Strengthen relationship between university and community.Strengthen networks of universities committed to serving their local communities.(Netter center)
14 3rd Step: Build a Community Center: Sunnyvale Wellness & Activity Center#SWACWellness Center AmenitiesPrograms AvailableFitness CenterWeight RoomGymnasiumLap poolAerobic RoomsLocker RoomsTutoring Center ( Available for Students K-12)*Music Lessons/Auditorium *Lecture HallMeeting RoomsDaycare Center*Restaurant/ Banquet Space* Operated by qualified Sunnyvale University students (i.e. early childhood development, hospitality management, and music majors) with assistance/supervision from faculty & staff
15 Proposed SWAC Layout & Pricing Community Membership Cost: Day pass: $5.00, Monthly pass: $30.00, Yearly $340.00Family Membership costs will also be incorporatedSunnyvale University Student Cost: Free with Student ID; Included in semester student feesImage obtained from
16 JustificationInvolvement in the community will help students develop moral thought process. This is shown through Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral DevelopmentIndividualistic, Instrumental Morality where students follow rules if it is in their interest to do so. Right is defined by what they view as fair.Aim to develop students to Social System Morality where they try to maintain social order and consider society as a whole when making judgments. They maintain law and order by following the rules, doing their part, and respecting authority.(Evans)Evans, N.J., Forney, D.S., Guido-DiBrito, F., Patton, L. & Renn, K. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice, (2nd Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
17 JustificationAstin’s Involvement Theory shows that students who actively participate in campus activities can create a positive impact on their own development and learning.For student growth to take place, students need to actively engage in their environment:Academic involvement, Faculty involvement, involvement with peers, involvement at work, and community involvementThe Office of Community Engagement will provide students with opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom.A community center will provide further opportunities for university and community members to interact and build positive relationships.(Evans)Evans, N.J., Forney, D.S., Guido-DiBrito, F., Patton, L. & Renn, K. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice, (2nd Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
18 JustificationChickering’s Theory of Identity Development provides seven developmental tasks that students complete in the formation of their identity. Students will:Develop intellectual, physical, & interpersonal competenceThrough real-life work experiences within the community center, community service projects, and the CELP community mentorshipsLearn to manage emotionsBy working through conflicts in team settingsDevelop mature interpersonal relationshipsThrough working with other students, staff, and community membersDeveloping integrity:Learn to balance the interests of others with the interest of themselves & balance personal values with socially responsible behaviorEvans, N.J., Forney, D.S., Guido-DiBrito, F., Patton, L. & Renn, K. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice, (2nd Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Evans, N.J., Forney, D.S., Guido-DiBrito, F., Patton, L. & Renn, K. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice, (2nd Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
19 JustificationWhy so much social media?If we want to reach students, we need to go to where they are. They’re online, so we will be too.51% of American teens log on to a social network site more than once a day22% percent log on more than 10 times a day (Listfield)Move Graduate Building to CampusOften times graduate students are neglected; services are primarily geared towards undergraduates. Studies show that these students still benefit from involvement and a sense of community on campus (Kern-Bowen & Gardner)Moving their building to campus is a first step to encouraging them to connectThis could also help reduce the amount of student traffic in the center of townListfield, E. (2011, October 7). Generation Wired. Retrieved October 31, 2011, from Parade: http://www.parade.com/health/2011/10/generation-wired.html
20 Timeline – what and when Sunnyvale Serves Student Organization – Before end of semesterDirector of Student Activities will serve as the temporary advisor until the Office of Community Engagement is up and runningThis committee will recruit student leaders for the organizationStudent Government Association members have already volunteered to assist in the formation of the groupOffice of Community Engagement – May 1, 2013Need time to hire a full-time professional and set up the officeWill temporarily be housed within the Student Services OfficeCommunity Engagement Leadership Program will be developed over the summer by the new professionalImplemented during Fall 2013New Graduate School – Fall 2013Dean of the Graduate School, VP of Finance, and Dean of Students will head this proposal: high priority, need quick turn aroundSWAC Building – Fall 2014Must wait for the Graduate School to move to their new location and finish renovations
21 SummaryThe proposed services and activities will assist students in their personal development and becoming more connected to their communitiesBy engaging in the community our students will show the town they positively contribute to the area, and foster positive relationships between the twoMoving the graduate college will not only assist in reducing the amount of traffic in the center of town, but connecting our graduate students to the university as wellConnecting with students and the community via social media will promote the bond between our communities, spread the word about what we are up to, and encourage people to join
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