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Center for Service-Learning now part of Career Services in Schofield Hall

February 17, 2014

EAU CLAIRE — The Center for Service-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has recently relocated and come under new direction.

The center merged with Career Services in July 2013 and moved to Schofield 228C within the Career Services suite Feb. 10.

In August 2013 Benita Wagner assumed the position of student services coordinator for the Center for Service-Learning. She originally joined the center as a program associate in April 2001. Ten years later she assumed a leadership role when former center director, Dr. Donald Mowry, became chair of the UW-Eau Claire social work department.

Wagner said her position as coordinator has not changed her purpose in the center.

"My role is to assist students in finding meaningful service-learning projects to help them not only fulfill their requirement, but also to help undeclared students find a major or minor and help build skill sets with hands-on experiences," Wagner said.

The Center for Service-Learning has moved to Schofield Hall to allow for increased partnerships with Career Services and improved accessibility for students.

Staci Heidtke, associate director of Career Services, said that being located in the heart of campus is an advantage to students, faculty and staff who wish to visit the center to learn more about community opportunities.

"It is exciting to have the Center for Service-Learning join Career Services," Heidtke said. "There is a very natural synergy that exists between the two departments, and the physical move to our office makes collaboration even easier."

Heidtke said she believes that the move will allow students to more easily benefit from the Center for Service-Learning, getting assistance with anything from a simple question to developing a plan for completing their service-learning requirements.

Service-learning promotes student learning and development through thoughtful service experiences that provide an academic component. All graduating students from UW-Eau Claire are required to complete 30 hours of service in the community. This requirement is intended to provide students with an opportunity to serve their community and apply knowledge gained in the classroom. Service-learning activities can be developed independently by students or integrated into course work or student organizations.

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