By Erin McIlraith, Center for Civic Engagement
Projects, talks, recognition highlight service week
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Center for Civic Engagement at Washington State University will celebrate Civic Engagement Week April 16-22 as a record number of students, more than 7,900, have completed more than 70,000 hours of service this academic year.
The week will include service projects, table displays, a keynote address by the Washington secretary of state, project presentations, a recognition ceremony, a reflection session, a debate, a panel discussion and more. For more details, see here
Partial schedule of events:
Educational table displays in the CUB, first floor.
Tuesday, April 17
The Under the Big Tent debate series considers "Natural and Unnatural Disasters: What is Our Relationship with the Environment?” at noon in the CUB Lair, first floor. From climate change to oil spills, debate surrounds the consequences of human interaction with the environment. To what lengths should people go to mitigate natural and unnatural environmental disasters, and what can be realistically achieved?
Wednesday, April 18
The Gallery of Service, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the CUB junior ballroom, shows what students have been doing to change our community. Presentations of class projects, alternative spring break trips and other service projects will be on display, and student presenters will be available to answer questions and discuss their projects.
Cougs Care Recognition Event, 12:30 PM, CUB junior ballroom, will feature a keynote address by Sam Reed, Washington Secretary of State, as part of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Awards ceremony for outstanding service this academic year.
An Earth Day (April 22) reflection session will consider "Planting the Seeds for a Better Future: The Positive Impact of Plants on Personal and Community Wellbeing” 5-7 p.m. in CUB L45. Discussion will focus on plants beyond their environmental benefits by looking at the way gardens have increased recovery times in hospital patients, provided solace in times of tragedy and created a sense of community spirit in originally segregated neighborhoods.
Thursday, April 19
A service information panel will consider "Is Post-Grad Service Right for You?” at 3:30 p.m. in CUB 206.
This is an opportunity to students to learn more about service organizations, including Peace Corps, City Year and AmeriCorps, from current and former volunteers.