Service-learning program receives national recognition

The VCU School of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach was selected as a 2014 Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education. The award is presented by the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Education in Higher Education.

Dr. Lynn Pelco,  associate vice provost of community engagement, VCU Division of Community Engagement, nominated the school’s collaborative partnerships, citing the leadership of Kim Isringhausen (B.S. ’95, M.P.H. ’04), assistant professor and chair, Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, in establishing the service-learning program at the VCU School of Dentistry. Isringhausen will receive the award at the 2014 Gulf-South Summit at Auburn University in March.

The Gulf-South Summit presents five awards annually in recognition of those individuals and community partners that make contributions to the field in outstanding ways, including fostering a culture of engagement within an institution, demonstrating program growth and sustainability and demonstrating leadership in the area of civic engagement. Now in its 12th year, the Gulf-South Summit has become one of the foremost annual conferences on service-learning in the United States.

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