Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Coming Full Circle: A Student Reflection of Service-Learning

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A year ago I sat in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center listening to the Rev. Becca Stevens talk about the prostitution and addiction she witnessed on the streets of Nashville, Tenn., and how she was working to combat the issue through two programs: Magdalene, a residential treatment program for survivors of addiction, human trafficking and prostitution, and Thistle Farms, a social enterprise run by (and for) the women of Magdalene. My professor recommended I attend Stevens’ talk, but I did not anticipate becoming so inspired. I left Leffler that day determined to make my way to Nashville to see Becca, Magdalene and Thistle Farms. A year later, there I was. A group of us was crowded into two minivans, excited to meet those who had visited us, excited to spend our spring break volunteering, having fun and, most importantly,...

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Lake Placida Dam Project

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After months of planning, the College completed a reconfiguration and enhancement of the dam at Lake Placida. Construction took place during the summer months, executing a plan defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The finished project, the result of a state-mandated improvement program, provides eight times more capacity than the previous drainage system and reduces the chance of the lake overflowing and flooding the surrounding area. During construction, sections of East College Avenue and Campus Road were closed temporarily. Throughout the project, the College was committed to employing environmentally sound techniques to prevent harm to the surrounding community and campus. For each tree that was removed from atop the former dam, two were planted elsewhere on campus. Additionally, the new face of the dam is being landscaped with a variety of indigenous plants, aligned with DEP...

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Jennifer Warner – Lives of Service Spring 2012

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For senior education major Jennifer Warner, making a difference is HER FOCUS. Jennifer Warner’s four years at Elizabethtown armed her with the knowledge and passion to help others. Now, she is ready to apply E-town’s motto of ‘Educate for Service’ to the outside world. Her goal? To close the ever-widening achievement gap found in the American education system by taking on a unique opportunity with the Teach for America organization. As a student teacher, Warner witnessed drastic differences between resources and achievement levels in the schools where she worked. It astounded her that such disparity exists in a small geographic area. Concerned about the inequality, Warner thought about the effects these differences make on the quality of a child’s education and what she could do to help. The opportunity to help bring about change came when a friend told...

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SCAD Journal

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April 13th, 2012 Now is go time. Up until now my presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference dominated my mind, and now that it is over, SCAD takes its place. Things I learned yesterday: 1) SLOW DOWN! My rehearsed 9 minute 45 second presentation took me about 7 minutes yesterday. 2) Practice saying ‘Swiss Amish’ out loud…it is more difficult than it seems. And 3) Don’t psyche myself out, I know this. I’ve known since last semester that I was going to – or going to try to – present at Scholarship Day. But, now that it’s confirmed, I’m admittedly a bit nervous. Sure, I’ve done plenty of in-class presentations before, but speaking in front of crowds is definitely something I don’t have much experience with. It is one thing to get up to present to a...

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