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Service Learning Grant Winners

The 2014 Silvershein/Gutenstein Family Faculty Development

Grant Winners


The Service Learning Program is excited to announce the following faculty and courses that have been approved by the Service Learning Committee to receive a Silvershein/Gutenstein Family Faculty Development Grant.  The winning applications expand the reach of the Service Learning Program into Physics and Game Design. The fourth round of grants, like the first three, are underwritten by the Robert G. and Ellen S. Gutenstein Foundation, which remains committed to preparing faculty to offer exceptional student learning experiences that engage students in the community to form their ethical thinking and leadership abilities.


Dr. Brad Barlow, Asst. Prof of Physics: Astronomy of Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos

Dr. Barlow’s introduction to physics course will engage local elementary school students in the wonder of our universe through regular interactions with college physics students, and his students will create a HPUniverse Day, which will be a 3-4 hour event one day in the fall with numerous stations for kids and families to explore physics, including bottle rockets, a gravity gym, robotic telescope observations (through a telescope in Australia), and more.


Prof. Cathy Nowicki, Asst. Prof. of Interior Design: Contract I

Prof. Nowicki’s first semester senior capstone course will do interior design work for local non-profits that have a strategic vision and the resources to take advantage of the students’ work. Students will split into teams and compete, treating the non-profit as a client, thereby gaining real-world design experience.


Prof. Brian Heagney, Instructor of Games & Interactive Media Design: Character & User-Interface Design

Prof. Heagney’s upper-division students will learn about developing characters and the gamer’s experience by working with local elementary-age students to develop characters and storylines of their own. The HPU students will run an after-school Character Design class at Macedonia Family Resource Center, which has the computer and video technology to provide their kids exciting opportunities to design their own characters and make them come to life.


Dr. Sojung Kim, Asst. Prof. of Strategic Communications: Message Development in Health Communication

Dr. Kim’s upper-division students will work with a health-related local non-profit to research and develop a communication campaign in health promotion. The students will split into teams to design the overall campaign, but will ultimately produce one campaign for the client. The non-profit will receive a turn-key health campaign and students will receive valuable experience working with a real-world client and developing a campaign.


Dr. Chris Franks, Assoc. Prof. of Religion and Philosophy: Environmental Ethics

Dr. Franks sophomore-level students will be given the opportunity to do stream cleanups, work in the local nature center, and perform other environment-related service projects as they complete their University-required course in ethics. They will study different ethical understandings of the environment, and they will test out these methods through their own first-hand experience working to protect it.


BIO/WGS 3500 “Biology of Women” with Dr. Angie Bauer, Chair and Professor of Biology

This upper-level Biology and Women and Gender Studies course examines the physiology of the adult female body and addresses health issues that are unique to or different in women. Emphasis is placed on the effects of female sex hormones on multiple processes (reproductive, nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular) in the body. As students serve in local non-profits that help women make informed choices about their bodies, students will be pushed to consider how not only gender but also socioeconomic status, level of education, ethnicity, etc. factor into the quality of healthcare one receives. Students will also be pushed to consider how enhancing the diversity of those who make critical decisions in the fields of science / medicine will enhance the lives of women and underrepresented groups.


BIO 3050 “Genetics” with Dr. Cynthia Vigueira, Assistant Professor of Biology

This upper-level Biology course covers the principles of genetics, including epistasis, polygenes, pedigrees, gene linkage and mapping; along with a review of DNA structure, Central Dogma and biotechnology. Students will work with local animal shelters by sequencing breed specific markers to determine the breed composition of dogs up for adoption. Shelters will benefit by being able to give proof of an animal’s breed before it is adopted. This is especially important for animals that resemble “banned breeds” (e.g. pitbulls). Their genetic profile could be quite different than their appearance.


TBA “Public Health and Social Issues” with Dr. Dan Erb, Dean of the School of Health Sciences

This course provides learners with a broad introduction into the five course functions/disciplines of pubic/community health. Students will analyze many different contemporary public health issues and their relation to social issues. However, the course will focus on ways to improve the health and quality of life of the underserved in the Triad Community. Students will work with community partners to improve the health and quality of life of the underserved individuals either through existing programs or programs created by students.





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