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ASU to Present New ‘Connect!’ Program

November 05, 2012

Angelo State University’s Center for Community Engagement will highlight its new   “CONNECT!” program with a student showcase on Monday, Nov. 12, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

The CONNECTED! Student Showcase will run from 3-5 p.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is open free to the public.  ASU students enrolled in courses taught by community-engaged faculty fellows will give presentations about their experiences from 3-4 p.m.  A panel discussion among those students, faculty members, and/or community members will follow from 4-5 p.m.  Community Engagement staff members will be on hand to answer questions.

The “CONNECT!” initiative involves five courses, designed by community-engaged faculty fellows, each of which includes activities that allow students to also engage with the community.  Hands-on experiences like service-learning and internships give students opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills learned in a classroom setting to the real world.  Area agencies benefit from the service provided by the students and the expertise of the faculty fellows.

The faculty fellows for approximately 170 students in the initial five classes of the “CONNECT!” program are Dr. Kevin Garrison, assistant professor of English; Dr. Christine Purkiss, assistant professor of teacher education; P. Janine Ray, assistant clinical professor of nursing; Dr. June Smith, professor of communication; and Dr. Sharynn Tomlin, professor of management.   The program is coordinated by Dr. Doyle Carter, director of ASU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

“CONNECT! Campus and Community,” also known as “CONNECT!,” is ASU’s Quality Enhancement Plan and the centerpiece of the university’s upcoming reaccreditation process.  ASU faculty and staff have worked for two years to develop the plan, which is being piloted this year.  If accepted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS, ASU’s accrediting agency), full implementation of “CONNECT!” will begin in the fall of 2013.

For more information about the “CONNECT!” program, call the Center for Community Engagement at 325-942-2708 or go online to