The Center for Public Service and Scholarship
~ November 2015 ~

Thank you students, faculty, and board members for supporting the CPSS.

All the work we do would not be possible without your contributions. We hope this newsletter will help you stay informed about the projects and initiatives the Center is involved with at Shenandoah University and in the Winchester community.  Enjoy!

Student-Volunteers working with Handley Regional Library during
the Mexican Consulate's visit last spring.
Leadership By Design Summer Program
This past summer high school students from all over the commonwealth participated in Shenandoah University's Leadership By Design program. Students were trained to be strong leaders, discussed current issues with community leaders, and experienced hands-on service with local non-profit organizations.
This summer's dates will be June 19 - 24, 2015.  Stay tuned for more information!
Leadership by Design Promotional Video
Dr. Drew Stelljes Presents Service Learning Workshop
The Center for Public Service and Scholarship presented a Service Learning workshop for SU faculty on August 13-14. Faculty members were encouraged to reflect on the impact of Service Learning in Higher Education.
Shenandoah University's President Tracy Fitzimmons Attended the Governor's Summit to Discuss
A Year of Service
The College of William and Mary hosted the Governor's Summit on October 4-5 to discuss the Franklin Project, an initiative for all higher education students to take a year of service as an opportunity to learn and give back. Tracy Fitzsimmons (featured on the left) was invited to speak at the event. She was joined by many other University and College presidents, faculty, and board members. 
You can read more about the Franklin Project at or watch the video linked below.

To read Dr. Drew Stelljes' and Dr. Karen Schultz's commentary on the discussion please visit:
Why do we think national service is important?   - The Franklin Project
Student, Karen Cornejo-Guilleu
Joins the CPSS Board
We have a new addition to the Center for Public Service and Scholarship board this year. Please join us in welcoming Karen to the team.
Graduate Fellow, Heather Pollak
Joins the Office of CPSS
Heather is the new Graduate Fellow for CPSS.  She is also the Graduate Assistant of Career Services.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University in Dance, and will be receiving a Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership & Management from Shenandoah University in the Spring of 2017.  She is looking forward to working with the Winchester community.  
"Veneration" Veterans Day Presentation Organized by
SU Faculty Member Kirsten Trump
November 8
Veneration is a presentation of creative writing featuring the original works of our local and SU Veterans, as well as writings and stories of medical military personnel and service men and women from the Walter Reed National Military Hospital. Additionally, writing, music and movement inspired by these pieces was included and performed by SU students.
The post-show conversation included special guests Dr. Kathy Ganske, Dean of SU School of Nursing, Dr. Karen Schultz, Director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship at SU, and was moderated by Associate Professor of Theatre, Kirsten Trump (featured on the right), who has also been the facilitator and director of this project.
CPSS Open House and
Service Panel Discussion
On October 7, 2015 the CPSS held a panel discussion with SU faculty and students about the importance of service learning in higher education, followed by an open house. The open house (pictured on the right) allowed students to learn more about the center itself and the various service projects that need volunteers, including Shenandoah's Campus Garden, the Daniel Morgan Middle School Reading program, the Boys & Girls Club, along with others.

The Center for Public Service and Scholarship
Shenandoah University, Gregory Hall 120 
1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 665-4696
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