Learning Project Plans

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Click here for a listing of Spring 2012 Courses with WCU Poverty Project Content (Word)

BJ White, College of Business: Professor's project for Peace Corps engages students around the world

LEAD LLC’s (First-year transition courses/living-learning communities) All course students will attend the presentation on the 7th – which will become the launch for each course to explore service projects specific to their theme. For example: the Band of Brothers sections will work every Friday at the Community Table; The Creative Life will explore how the arts are integral to notions of civic engagement.  Contacts: Glenda Hensley - Mike Corelli -  Brian Boyer

LEAD LLC - Global Awareness/Citizenship: Students will develop ways to contribute to the mission of the Global Poverty Project which they will share with the WCU campus during International Education Week (Nov. 14-18).  Contact: John Schweikart

Facility Management CM 424 will be charged with the task of evaluating and planning the facility needs of the local Community Table project. We will contribute in three ways: new facility logistics; food, volunteer, and equipment solicitation; and program sustainability.  Students will locate and procure the kitchen equipment needed, perform construction duties, and solicit food suppliers and vendors for continuous donations, as well as serving the food to those in need. Contact: Bob Ford

PSC 241 International Politics Students will attend the Sept. 7 event. We may incorporate an online book as part of their research/presentation exercise at the end of the semester: http://www.ifs.du.edu/documents/pphp1download.aspx  Contact: Niall Michelsen

USI 130 Transition courses: Many will make the September 7th presentation a requirement or optional attendance activity.  This event will also provide an opportunity to connect with their course service learning requirement. Contact: Nory Prochaska

Public Policy Institute: Lead a public policy forum. .  We can bring in local community and agency leaders to discuss poverty issues, perhaps later in the fall.  Additionally, the MANNA FoodBank has requested we hold a food security forum next April.  These could be two events or we could combine forums.  Contact: Todd A. Collins, JD, PhD

First year Seminar in Philosophy and Religion: Students will integrate the theme of  the Global Poverty Project and their notes and understandings of the presentation on September 7 with course readings to a unit I called Global Utopianism.  Contact: Daryl Hale, Professor, Philosophy and Religion

In anticipation of Constitution Day (observed on Sept. 16th this year), the staff of the Public Policy Institute has created a Constitution Day blog.  We hope to place articles about the Constitution and Constitution Day here as well as share information about WCU activities in observance of this important day.  We are also working with the WCU Poverty Project to coordinate activities that focus on potential constitutional rights relating to poverty issues.  Please check back as we will post university and classroom activities as they become set.  Please share this with your students and encourage them to post comments. 

If you are planning events in your classes or with students leading up to Constitution Day, please let us know so that we can publicize these on the blog.  If you would like for the PPI to assist your programs in any way, please let us know.  Also, if you would like to create a post or comment about the Constitution, we would love to use this blog as a forum to share your thoughts:


Thank you so much and please let us know if we can be of any help,

Todd A. Collins, JD, PhD
Iterim Director, Public Policy Institute
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science



The Gadfly

The Gadfly brings you the best of social satire from Western Carolina University’s student community. We want to make you think. And we want you to join us in making others think. We are firm believers that if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention, but anger is only the first step. Changing the world is the second. 
A long time ago, this awesome guy named Socrates stood up against an entire political and social structure and challenged some of his peers’ most basic beliefs. He did this because he believed that every one of us – as citizens, as neighbors, as humans – has the right and the duty to challenge the abuses of power that create disparities and divisions between people. (We’d tell you what happened to him, but it might ruin it. Go find a philosophy professor and ask.) In that spirit, this publication uses satire and irony to point out the social, political, and economic problems that drive our contributors crazy.

This year’s theme will, in conjunction with the WCU Poverty Project, focus on wealth disparity at the local, national, and global levels (or, it’s funny that we’re this poor when you’re that rich). Gadfly is currently soliciting writers, editors, graphic designers, artists, philosophers, politicians, and anyone else from the student community who's interested in taking a satirical look at this important and critical issue. For more information, visit the Gadfly web page at http://www.wcu.edu/11994.asp or email emelders@wcu.edu.

College of Education & Allied Professions

New teachers in the Madison County Schools will work with College of Education and Allied Professions faculty on how to incorporate instructional strategies related to issues of poverty in their PLC work. Faculty in the Educational Leadership Graduate Programs in the Department of Human Services regularly conducts workshops and work sessions with teachers in area school districts as part of their ongoing commitment to outreach.


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