Six Academic Departments Offer New Service-Learning Classes at LSU

11/08/2011 01:37 PM

BATON ROUGE – Six new academic departments will offer service-learning classes this year as a result of the 2011 Service-Learning Faculty Scholars Program, offered annually by the LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, or CCELL. The creation of these new classes was sponsored by LSU Student Government, which provided $12,000 to CCELL to train faculty from departments previously without service-learning classes. As part of the scholars program, faculty receive a $2,000 stipend to participate in a 10-week seminar, where they learn how to establish and teach a service-learning course.


This was the second year that LSU Student Government has funded several scholar stipends as part of a student-led initiative to expand service-learning into every department. The six new departments are animal science, electrical and computer engineering, international studies, mass communication concentrations advertising and journalism, and mechanical engineering.


The Faculty Scholars program also trained faculty who will teach service-learning classes in educational theory, policy, and practice, or ETPP; human ecology; kinesiology; renewable natural resources; and social work.


Animal Science
This fall, Laura Gentry’s new basic horsemanship class, ANSC 2030, is partnering with BREC’s Hearts and Hooves Riding Program to help organize and implement therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities.


Jennifer Ritchie’s companion animals in society course, ANSC 4900, will work with LSU Tiger Human Animal Therapy Service, or HATS, which coordinates an animal-assisted therapy program at local medical and long-term care facilities.


Electrical and Computer Engineering
John Scalzo’s senior design and capstone course, EE 4810, will offer a service-learning component, with student teams having the opportunity to work with a local high school to develop, create and present an engineering design.


Students studying adolescent literature in EDCI 3223, with Jacqueline Bach are partnering with area librarians to assist with adolescent programming, including facilitating book clubs, assisting with promotions, and creating displays.


Human Ecology
Jennifer Baumgartner’s class on critical issues in early childhood education, HUEC 4382, students are learning about different family structures and challenges while developing a database of contact information and resources to assist the local Grandparents Raising Grandchildren organization in writing grants and providing services.   


International Studies
Students in Touria Khannous’ survey of world issues class, INT 2000, will learn about community issues and solutions by working with BREC’s Playground KIDZ to combat childhood obesity through nutritious meals and physical activity. Playground KIDZ is a no-cost afterschool program offered at parks in low-income areas of Baton Rouge.


Students in Birgitta Baker’s KIN 4501 class on health promoting interventions is partnering with BREC to plan and implement the Playground KIDZ afterschool program. Students will lead KIDZ participants in fun physical activities and assist with homework.


Mass Communication
Mass media law, MC 3080, a required course taught by Erin Coyle, will partner students with an EBR middle school at which they will implement programming designed to combat cyber bullying.


Mechanical Engineering
Students in Michael Martin’s ME 4943 class on space systems, will develop activities and presentations for EBR students.  The university students will use examples from spacecraft design to supplement topics that EBR students are studying in their science classes.


Renewable Natural Resources
Philip Stouffer’s class on ecology and management of Louisiana wildlife, RNR 3018, will conduct a wildlife inventory for a BREC park.


Social Work
Younghee Lim’s advanced social policy class, SW 7504, in the spring will involve students in an advocacy project regarding predatory lending.


The Faculty Scholars program will be offered again this spring. Applications are due in January. Interested faculty should contact CCELL Director Marybeth Lima at for more information.  


The LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership promotes learning, student leadership and community engagement through service-learning activities and community partnerships. For more information, including a list of current or future service-learning offerings, visit

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011