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Tornado Disaster Relief

  • May 6th, 2011
  • in News

To our Council for Community-Based Partnerships family:

We hope that this email finds you and your families safe and well.

As we seek to address the many needs that our community has in the aftermath of the 4/27 tornadoes, and as we look toward the future, we would like to ask for your assistance with a specific project that requires our immediate attention.

Within the next few days, the tornado relief center that has been located at Holt High School will be relocating to Holt Baptist Church, and the relief center at Leland Lanes will be redirecting volunteers and resources to Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. We are asking for your assistance in:

1) Directing volunteers (faculty, staff and students) to these churches;

1) Coordination of volunteers and/or coordination of UA summer courses that could use service learning to assist those who have been affected by the tornado; and

2) Offering of service learning opportunities through existing courses that you  or others may be teaching in the 2011 Interim, Summer I and summer II semesters.

Initially, a primary focus for our support of communities in the Holt and Alberta City area will be in serving as a point of contact for individuals who may be seeking a variety of services. Additionally, we are hoping to address issues related to limited transportation for those who have been affected by the tornadoes.

If you are interested in assisting us with this work, or have further questions, please contact us at:
(205) 348-7392, or at the following email addresses:
Chris Spencer:
Heather Pleasants:

Additionally, please see the list below of websites and facebook pages for additional ways to be of assistance. This list is not comprehensive"”we encourage you to visit these web spaces in order to gain more information on ways to help those in need.

Facebook pages:

Recover Tuscaloosa
Give Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa City Schools
Kelly Horwitz
Help Tuscaloosa
Rebuild Tuscaloosa
Toomer's for Tuscaloosa
T-Town, Never Down "“ Tuscaloosa Tornado Disaster Relief
Animals lost and found from the tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11

University of Alabama College of Education Relief Efforts:
University of Alabama Acts of Kindness Fund:

Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market Kicks Off at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. "“ The Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market will open on Thursday, May 5, with a Cinco de Mayo celebration and will continue every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. through Oct. 27 at the Canterbury Episcopal Chapel lawn on Hackberry Lane between Bryant Drive and University Boulevard.

Homegrown Alabama is a nonprofit, student-led group at The University of Alabama. The program seeks to educate students and community members about the value of local produce, as well as to foster partnerships between local farmers, UA and the greater Tuscaloosa community.

The Cinco de Mayo celebration will feature Mexican food and music, and artisans will be on hand along with the weekly vendors who sell fruits, vegetables, baked goods, beef, cut flowers, coffee and tea, eggs, homemade herbal teas, soap, pralines, canned goods, hot foods and arts and crafts.

Homegrown Alabama recently received approval to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer, the system for distributing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

A machine will be located at the market to transfer EBT-SNAP funds into $1 and $3 tokens with the Homegrown Alabama label. Tokens can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, maple and honey products, and seeds and plants that produce foods.

As part of an incentive program, Homegrown will match every $10 spent using EBT with an additional $5 in tokens, while funds last. The tokens cannot be refunded but will never expire and can be used at any Homegrown Farmers Market throughout the 2011 season or any season thereafter.

In addition to accepting EBT, Homegrown Alabama will continue its participation in the Canterbury Episcopal food pantry program, Deacon's Deli, which distributes vouchers to its patrons to purchase produce at the market. Market vendors and customers will also be encouraged to donate fresh food to Deacon's Deli and Meals on Wheels.

For more information on the EBT incentive program and how to donate, call 205/210-9621, or visit

Story courtesy of The University of Alabama.


Click here to download an application 

The Community Service Center is accepting applications for a summer Habitat project in Baldwin County, Alabama known as House United.

We are excited about this new project where 20 UA students will work with 20 Auburn University students to build an  entire house for a family in just one week, and we want to encourage you, or other students that you know, to apply for this unique opportunity.

The dates are June 12-18.  The cost is $250 which covers meals, lodging, and transportation.  The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, April 27–the application is attached.  Please consider volunteering for this opportunity, and please feel free to forward this message to other students who may be interested in participating. If you have questions about this project, please direct them to:

Wahnee Sherman, Ed.D.

Director, Community Service Center

The University of Alabama

Box 870292

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Make a Difference.Change the World. VOLUNTEER.

Call for Editor and Editorial Fellows: 2011 IARSLCE Conference Proceedings

The IARSLCE is soliciting applications for the positions of Conference Proceedings Editor and Editorial Fellows.  The Conference Proceedings Editor and Editorial Fellows will oversee the publication of a new online IARSLCE Annual Conference Proceedings, comprised of all accepted 1000-word conference submissions from each year’s conference. The published Proceedings will include abstracts only, rather than full papers, and will serve as an added resource, especially for international audiences. The new Proceedings will increase the public visibility of the conference scholarship and the potential of communication with other researchers.

To Apply

Please submit, by May 2, 2011,a letter of interest highlighting research background and interests, editorial review experience, and CV, to the Publications Committee Co-Chairs, KerryAnn O’Meara and Barbara Moely, at the IARSLCE Office:

Proceedings Timeframe and Editorial Work:

Editorial work will occur over the summer prior to the Fall IARSLCE conference.

The Editor and Editorial Fellows will be appointed by June 15, 2011 and begin their work in July, 2011.

Proceedings will be published on line prior to the annual conference, no later than October 1, 2011.

Please see the attached document for full instructions, or click here to view on our website.

Minority Business Forum to Meet April 19 at Bryant-Denny

TUSCALOOSA "” Another in the popular "Breakfast and Business" series sponsored by the Minority Business Forum (MBF) and The University of Alabama will be held Tuesday, April 19, in the Recruiting Room of Bryant-Denny Stadium, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

"Like the others in this series, this meeting will give minority vendors and contractors the chance to network with and hear from fellow suppliers, university officials and various service specialists to learn how to do more business with the university," according to program organizer Christopher H. Spencer, director of community development at the Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP) on the UA campus."

"Participants tell us they receive valuable information at these meeting," Spencer said. "They establish useful contacts that have helped their businesses overall and their opportunities to do business with the University in particular."

Speakers from various UA business areas such as procurement services, contracts, construction, purchasing and other offices will address the participants. The UA divisions of Community Affairs and Financial Affairs are co-sponsors with the MBF.

The most recent program, on February 15, drew more than 60 business men and women from all over the state. For more information and to register, send an e-mail to

CCBP, whose slogan is "Engaging Communities and Changing Lives," is an initiative of the Office of Community Affairs connecting faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects to help solve critical problems within communities.

Charlie Lucas and Kathryn Tucker Windham honored at luncheon

Universty of Alabama students and professors, including several CCBP representatives, gathered with local arts advocates to honor Kathryn Tucker Windham and Charlie Lucas, “The Tin Man,” for cultural contributions in the University Club’s Sun Room on March 24. Windham was unable to attend. Pictured are Lucas (center), Chip Cooper (left), and Elliot Knight (right). To read more about Lucas’ work, pick up the upcoming issue of PARTNERS magazine.

SCOPE Second Workshop Draws Good Crowd Despite Stormy Weather

  • March 23rd, 2011
  • in News
Panelists discuss mentoring issues at SCOPE workshop

Special to CCBP

Finding the right mentor can greatly improve a student’s or young faculty member’s chances of success. A student may need more than one mentor. The relationship should be reciprocal, with both sides benefiting. Undergraduates need encouragement to approach faculty for advice. The words “mentor” and “mentee” should be replaced with “better” words.

These were among many ideas floated at the second SCOPE (Scholars for Community, Outreach, Partnership, and Engagement) workshop of the semester held at 131 Lloyd Hall, Monday, February 28.

A major misunderstanding, said several on the panel and in the audience, was assuming that one’s program adviser is also one’s mentor. Those expecting that will likely be disappointed, after all an adviser may have dozens of advisees. He or she cannot have that many mentees (or trainees or protégés, other words suggested as substitutes for mentee).

Despite being under a thunderstorm alert, 20 faculty and students attended the workshop.

Workshop No. 3, covering the procedures for Institutional Review Board certification, will be held March 28 at the same time and place.

Here are some other ideas expressed at the meeting or e-mailed to the workshop organizers after the meeting.

“It seems there is a lack of understanding on the undergraduate level of what a mentor is in academia and how to go about getting one or several. I have heard many frustrations about advisers not giving individualized attention to students, and I think this stems from the actual differences between an adviser and mentor, but the perception from some students is that this person should play both roles. “” Elliot Knight

“I think finding a mentor should not be a casual, oh-it’ll-happen-thing. The student needing a mentor should take an activist position. Of course from the other side, I am often seeking mentees who are good at something I am not so good at. For example I was once up to date on SPSS, but no more”” too many changes since my grad school days. So I seek students who can bring me up to speed. Who, then, is the mentor and who is the mentee? “” Ed Mullins

“I thought that the workshop was interesting and helped to break down the barriers for students, especially undergraduates, who wished to approach faculty with ideas. While I thought that the panel represented an interesting mix of faculty and students who talked in general about mentoring, I felt that the accounts given tended to be vague and nonspecific. I believe a workshop such as that (which was really a panel presentation, though advertised as a “workshop”) would have benefited from hearing from those involved in a mentor/mentee “¦ relationship who could speak to the “here and now” of the situation, rather than recalling past relationships or speaking in vague terms.” [And on another issue] “Now that we have had good attendance at one workshop, it should be easier to get the word out for the next one. I would suggest, along with listservs, printed fliers and even “˜chalking the walk’ before the next workshop.” “” Jackie Brodsky

“One of the things that I found interesting enough that we should pursue it is making undergraduates feel comfortable approaching faculty with ideas and questions. Also, I was wondering if we should try to put together teams of two or three to attend faculty meetings in each college to explain who we are [SCOPE] and what our presence on campus means.” “” Maryann Whitaker

Other matters covered: mentoring can occur both inside and outside the institution; since mentoring is a two-way street, roles and responsibilities for each member should be identified; schedule regular meetings; assess your progress; be honest about what’s working and what isn’t; be candid if either member is not doing what’s needed or expected; examine the printed and online resources regarding mentoring.

If you have other thoughts about this workshop, the previous one (on writing successful conference proposals), or ideas to make the next one better, send an e-mail to any member of the steering committee: Jackie Brodsky,; Gerald Franks,; Tiarney Ritchwood,; Maryann Whitaker,; Joshua White,; Dr. Heather Pleasants,; Dr. George Daniels,; Dr. Ed Mullins,

Serving as moderators for the workshop were Dr. George Daniels and Dr. Heather Pleasants. Members of the panel were Maryann Whitaker, Elliot Knight, Lane McLelland, Dr. Danny Wallace, and Dr. Wilson Lowrey.

Call for Editor: International Journal of Research on Community Engagement

For the past decade, the Advances in Service-Learning Research volume series has served the service- learning/community engagement community as a primary publishing venue and a major source of current information on theory, issues, and findings in this rapidly-expanding research field.

The International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is pleased to announce that as of 2012, the Advances in Service-Learning series, sponsored by the IARSLCE, will become a journal, published by Information Age Publishing, Inc. The new International Journal of Research on Community Engagement will be edited by an active member of the IARSLCE. In the first three years of its publication, the journal will be published once a year. The Journal Editor will solicit manuscripts at large annually in January and will send them out for peer review, with the aim of making final decisions by April of each year.

The IARSLCE Publications Committee is seeking applications for the position of Editor of this new IARSLCE journal.  This position is an exciting opportunity to shape and contribute to emerging scholarship in the field of service-learning and community engagement. The Editor will be involved with appointment of the editorial review board (see below), supervise the review and publication process, and supervise all marketing for the journal.

Please see the attached document for full instructions, or click here to view on our website.

2011 IARSLCE Conference Awards and Graduate Student Scholarships

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes any researcher who has a distinguished record of research and scholarly contributions on service-learning and community engagement.

The Early Career Research Award recognizes outstanding early career contributions to scholarship on service-learning and community engagement.

The Dissertation Award recognizes a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and/or community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry.

Ten $500 Graduate Student Scholarships are provided by the Association on a competitive basis for support to attend the conference.


Distinguished Research and Early Career Research Awards nominations must be received by May 2, 2011. Recipients will be notified in early June.

Dissertation Award nominations are due by June 30, 2010. Recipients will be notified in early August.

The award recipients receive an invitation to make a presentation at the annual IARSLCE conference, a plaque (to be presented at the conference), and a monetary award in the form of complimentary IARSLCE conference registration and one-night hotel accommodations.

Graduate Student Scholarships are due July 30, 2011. Please indicate if you have had a paper or poster presentation accepted for the conference. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mid-August.

For nomination/application instructions for each of the categories above, please visit the Awards Page on our website.

For questions regarding nomination/application submissions, please email Stephanie O’Brien at