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Service-learning student touts connections made in “best class ever”

VCU News round-up features Anna Mitchell and her experience at Live Art A ground-breaking program offered by local arts non-profit, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Over the past several years, LIVE ART has invited VCU students to work as interns for the program through […]

Service-learning on steroids! CreateAthon returns to in-person collaboration

(CreateAthon students present a proposal to the leadership of Slyderz Baseball, a local youth-development nonprofit) The somewhat generic-sounding course title “Nonprofit Project Development” hides the true nature of one of VCU’s more popular service-learning courses. More commonly known as CreateAthon@VCU, this Mass Communication class culminates in a 24-hour frenzy of unbridled creativity and focused service. […]

Little Ram Pantries project, launched via CEnR grant, expands to MCV Campus

The project is part of the iCubed Sustainable Food Access core Five Little Ram Pantries were installed on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park Campus last fall as part of a pilot project to help address food insecurity among students. Now the project is being expanded, with two new Little Ram Pantries being added on the Monroe Park Campus and […]

“Starting Over” series features service-learning professor, Joe Cates

This past December, VCU News started a series of stories featuring VCU students, graduates, faculty and staff “who have boldly chosen to change something in their lives.” Joe Cates, who has been a chef, a writer, and a musician on his way to becoming a professor who regularly teaches service-learning classes, was a natural choice […]

Service-learning students, staff and faculty lead coat donation drive

Thanks to a team of service-learning students and professors, more than 100 winter coats for adults and children that were donated by Virginia Commonwealth University students, faculty and staff were distributed Friday, December 10th at Southwood Apartments in South Richmond. The drive was organized by Anita Nadal, an assistant professor of Spanish in the School of […]

Leaders in experiential learning among VCU’s 2021 Distinguished Faculty

Of the faculty members honored with Distinguished Faculty Awards at the 39th Faculty Convocation on Sept. 2nd, fully half are service-learning instructors and community-engaged scholars, spotlighting the importance of experiential learning at VCU. The three honored were: Alan Dow, M.D., School of Medicine, receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award, Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., College of Humanities and […]