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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Civic Engagement Connection Extravaganza
Wednesday, October 24, 2–5 p.m., Reeve Union 227

Register NOW so we may plan for your participation.
This centerpiece event of the Summit provides an opportunity for connection among community organizations, the teaching community, campus organizations and alumni mentors. Structured conversations and a printed booklet will support this initial thinking about potential community experience projects for Quest III courses. Continued work on Quest III will occur in January 2013, including a “second connection” for instructors and organizations that express interest in a potential partnership.

Quest III instructors are needed! This event is designed for the marginally curious and the intensely committed! Campus and community organizations will be prepared to describe their needs while instructors may share general content for potential Quest III classes. Departments and programs are encouraged to send a representative. 

2–2:30 p.m. Provost Lane Earns, Welcome, Extravaganza Instructions, and Quest III Community Experience Description.
2:30–4:30 p.m. Connection Extravaganza During this structured speed networking experience, organizations will stay in place while instructors and potential alumni mentors move. If you arrive after the start time, please check in at the registration table for instructions.
4:30–4:45 p.m. Capturing Connections Instructors and organization representatives will document their ideas on a “Capturing Connections” form, so that next steps for project ideas and partnerships can be arranged.
4:30–5:00 p.m. Alumni Mentor Break-Out Alumni in attendance gather to ask questions and share suggestions that can be used to further develop the Quest Alumni Mentor program.
4:45–4:50 p.m. Michael Lueder, Next Steps.
4:50–5 p.m. Chancellor Richard H. Wells, Closing.

2012 Provost’s Teaching and Learning Summit:
Civic Engagement and Student Learning

October 22-26 — Complete Guide

Meet the USP Council

The USP Council is comprised of members of the UW Oshkosh campus community who are supporting the early implementation of this new general education program (2012–2014). In the next several USP Updates, we will introduce members of this collaborative team.

Michael Lueder, Quest III “Community Experience” Coordinator

Michael Lueder

As the Quest III “Community Experience” coordinator, Michael Lueder is capitalizing on his previous and current experience as the program advisor for volunteerism in Reeve Union. In that on-going role which now comprises 50 percent of his position, Mike has responsibility for volunteer programming, including Alternative Spring Break, Volunteers on the Move and Hands-On Oshkosh. He has been connecting students to volunteer experiences in the community and overseeing the advisement of student organizations including Titan Volunteers, University Speaker Series, the UW Oshkosh Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter and the Disc Golf Club. Michael is the recipient of the National Association of Campus Activities Outstanding Young Professional Award, the National Association of Campus Activities Outstanding Service Award and the Miss Wisconsin USA Pageant’s Jason Greco Volunteer of the Year Award. For fun (!), Michael coaches men’s soccer, and his team just finished second in their division.

Together with the USP director and the Civic Learning Faculty coordinator, Michael is now helping to establish student civic engagement that is integral to the curriculum. He is supporting the development of partnerships among instructors, campus and local organizations and alumni mentors.

Michael earned a bachelor of arts degree at St. Norbert College and a masters of higher education at Marquette University. He is the president elect of Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, where he is working to build simple, decent, affordable housing for low-income families. One of his favorite aspects of his work with student civic engagement is watching as students are willing to dive into complex issues and working with them to figure out what their role will be in making things better.

Michael is extremely excited about the work of the USP and the opportunity to support the logistics of these curricular community experiences, develop partnerships in our area communities, and create a national model that will change how our students approach civic engagement for years to come.  Email Michael at usp@uwosh.edu with any questions or comments related to Quest III Community Experience partnerships, logistics and development.

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