The Community Service Center and Academic Service Learning presented the first Hope through the Arts Festival this fall. Hope through the Arts is a festival to raise awareness of the issue of poverty that plagues our world. There were five locations across Bridgewater State University featuring performers and presentations by BSU students, administration, faculty, and alumni. On the Boyden Hall steps, a cardboard village was constructed by Professor Jim Quinn and his art class. On the lawn out front of Boyden, theatre and dance classes performed the entire day. Visual arts displayed poverty-themed graphic art, while artists created a colored sand presentation showing poverty levels in various countries. On the steps in front of the Campus Center, an open mic was available to people who wanted to read poems and stories about the issues of hunger and poverty. Inside the Campus Center, a documentary about the homeless was playing and always surrounded by an audience. Outside, musicians performed throughout the day, providing the campus with a constant soundtrack to the day. The campus was plastered with signs featuring facts about poverty in the local community, Massachusetts, and beyond. Students were faced with the harsh reality of poverty wherever they went on campus that day. The day closed with a hunger banquet and a keynote speaker.
|Dr. Comedy reads a poem at the open mic.||Dancers perform out front of Boyden Hall.|
|Visual artists hang up their cartoons about poverty.||Students participate in a sand art demonstration.|
|Keynote speaker addresses the audience about poverty in southeastern Massachusetts.||Professors re-enact Wood Guthrie's Dustbowl Ballads.|
|Signs with facts of poverty were plastered all over campus.||Students create a cardboard village on the Boyden steps.|
The Work-N-Serve Expo is a program co-sponsored by Career Services and the Community Service Center. BSU students and alumni have the opportunity to meet representatives from businesses and organizations who attend the event. Representatives provide information to students about their companies and specific field of work. Students are able to assess what types of programs interest them and even find out about potential work and volunteer opportunities that are available to them. BSU service learning faculty members were in attendance at the expo to share with students about the service learning classes offered and to inform the outside community of the partnerships developed through service learning.
|Professor Lisa Battaglino and her Special Education and Communication Disorders class.||Professor Mark Kemper, Model Senate Practicum||Sharing ideas at the Work-N-Serve Expo|
|Professor Kevin Curry, Summer Watershed Institute||Professor Margaret Johnson, Social Psychology||Professor David O' Malley, Introduction to Social Welfare|
The Academic Service Learning program at Bridgewater State University hosted a Civil Engagement Workshop for faculty and administration from BSU, Massasoit, Cape Cod Community College, and UMass Dartmouth. The workshop featured one of the leaders in the field of service learning and civic engagement, Dr. Edward Zlotkowski. Dr. Zlotkowski is a professor at Bentley College and a Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow. Dr. Zlotkowzki facilitated a dynamic conversation about civic engagement and how to implement it on college campuses.
Campus Compact is a national partnership of higher education presidents that collaborate in the promotion of service learning. Bridgewater State University is a member and active participant of the Massachusetts Campus Compact. Five faculty representatives from BSU, Jeri Katz, Ruth Farrar, Lisa Battaglino, Elaine Bukowiecki, and Nancy Moses, attended the Campus Compact 20th Anniversary in Chicago.
|BSU professors Jeri Katz, Elaine Bukowiecki, Lisa Battaglino, Nancy Moses, Ruth Farrar||Jeri Katz and Lisa Battaglino and Rosalyn Carter|
Last Modified: March 9, 2011