WCU Service-Learning Timeline
2002: University approves creation of Service Learning Department in Student Affairs Division
   
2003: (January)  First Director of Service Learning, Wayne Robinson, hired
  First Service-Learning Advisory Committee appointed
  Jacob Spencer Medford Service-Learning Scholarship Fund created
  First issue of The Service-Learning Sentinel (newsletter) published
  (August)  The University of North Carolina (Office of the President) grants approval to establish Center for Service Learning as institutional research center
   
2004: (September) Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program begins
  (September) Second Director of Service Learning, Dr. Glenn Bowen, hired; Strategic Plan created
   
2005: Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program expanded (with Fellow assigned to each college)
  Alternative Spring Break launched (with hurricane rehabilitation trip to Pensacola, FL)
  (April)  Annual Service-Learning Awards Program begins
  (June)  Inaugural Service-Learning Symposium held
  (September)  WCU becomes member institution of Campus Compact
   
2006: (January)  Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event begins
  (January) Inaugural Community Service-Learning Fair staged
  First overseas Alternative Spring Break (international service-learning) trip: “Project Panama”
  (August)  Civic Place residential program launched
  First Assistant Director of Service Learning, Kathryn Sims, hired
  WCU endorses the Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education
  WCU Service Learning student nominee selected as national finalist for Campus Compact's Howard R. Swearer Humanitarian Award
   
2007: (July)  Service Learning transferred to Academic Affairs (as unit under Undergraduate Studies); unit renamed Center for Service Learning
  (September) Second Assistant Director of Service Learning, Melanie Clark, hired
  Center for Service Learning begins participating in NC Campus Compact-AmeriCorps*VISTA Program
  Alternative Break Program expanded (with Fall Break trip to Johns Island, SC)
  (October)  Service-Learning Course Designation approved by Faculty Senate
   
2008: Number of Community Partners and service sites surpasses 100
  Campus Kitchen Garden Project launched
  WCU named to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  (December) Third Assistant Director of Service Learning, Jennifer Cooper, hired
  Annual conference renamed Symposium on Service Learning & Civic Engagement
   
2009: WCU named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction
  WCU featured in national publication Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities (Student Horizons & Kendall/Hunt, 2009)
  (March) Annual Women's History Month Day of Service event begins
  (April) Center for Service Learning receives the Support Program of Excellence Award from the University
  WCU given Higher Education Civic Engagement "Honorable Mention" by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
  Catamount Student Service Corps created
  (November) WCU hosted the 17th Annual North Carolina Campus Compact Student Conference
   
2010: WCU named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction
  (Spring) WCU Student Government Association votes to create position for Service-Learning Senator; first Senator elected
  (August) Campus Kitchen Garden Club of WCU formed
  (December) Interim Director of Service Learning, Jennifer Cooper, begins
   
2011: Co-chaired the WCU Poverty Project campus-wide interdisciplinary theme
  (August) Began co-sponsorship of Academic Success Program charity carnival
  (September) Annual 9/11 Day of Service event begins
  (November) Annual participation in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week begins
  Four students attended and presented at the 2011 CSNAP Conference at Wake Forest University
   
2012: Co-chaired the Citizenship and Civility campus-wide interdisciplinary theme
  WCU named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  (August) Third Director of Service Learning, Dr. Lane Perry, hired
  (August) Annual First Year Experience Day of Service event begins
  Six students attended and presented at the 2012 CSNAP Conference at UNC Wilmington
   
2013: Center for Service Learning undergoes program review, and formulates a new strategic plan
  (March) Lily Community Engagement Award is designed and approved by the Student Government Association and the Commencement Committee
  Annual Staff Senate Day of Service event begins
  The Ripple Effect Learning Community established with a Bringing Theory to Practice grand from AAC&U
  Lily Community Engagement Award is implemented; first award recipient graduates
  The Provost's Advisory Board for Academic Community Engagement is established to replace the Service Learning Advisory Board
  Integrated WCU Faculty Award for Exemplary Community Service is established
 

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