The Center for Public Service and Scholarship
~ January 2016 ~
The CPSS Service Learning Spotlight highlights students, faculty, staff, and board members who have exhibited exemplary service. 

Congratulations and thank you to these featured individuals!
Service Learning in the Classroom:

Adult Years and the Aging Process
Spring 2015
Scott King, Ph.D.

Adult Years and the Aging Process is a three credit course offered only in the spring semester.  Dr. Scott King, Associate Professor of Psychology at Shenandoah University, guided his Psychology students last spring in studying the stages and processes of adult development from emerging adulthood until death. Developmental theories and research from many disciplines were used to investigate the continuity and change that define the journey of adulthood.

Part of their class grade was based on their engagement in service learning at the SAAA (Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging) Active Living Center, located in the fieldhouse at Jim Barnett Park. The students were expected to serve 12 hours at or in concert with the Active Living Center. These hours were spent interacting with older adults at the Center in various projects, including making Valentine's Cards for homebound older adults receiving meals-on-wheels. The class alsofundraised more than $3000 for the SAAA.
The students were assessed at the end of the semester based on their partnership with a congregate of the SAAA and to present a lesson about a “myth about aging” for their classmates and congregates at the ALC.

"This class actually had a huge impact on what I want to do with my education and led me to want to work with older adults when I am finished graduate school in Occupational Therapy. It also got me into my internship this past semester and the Adult Care Center in Winchester.”
- Morgan Giangola '15

"I definitely would suggest a service-learning course. To simply put it, you help others and that creates joy in you."
- Evelyn Gaffney '16
Psychology / Public Health
President of Public Health Club

The VA Engage Journal promotes engaged scholarship by undergraduate, professional, and graduate students. The journal provides a forum for students to publish research studies (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods), reflection essays, and reviews of current literature and engagement practice, all with guidance and mentorship from engaged faculty and staff. Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full- or part-time at a two- or four-year college or university in Virginia in the academic year preceding the submission deadline is eligible to submit an article. Submissions with multiple authors are welcome.

Click HERE to visit their website

Submission deadline for Volume 5: June 1, 2016.

The Center for Public Service and Scholarship
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