February 2012 Archives

Student teacher tackles classroom bullying

Read the article on Penn State Brandywine's website about the amazing work of early elementary education major Elizabeth Panos.  Elizabeth has developed an anti-bullying, what she calls "treat with kindness," teaching strategy for the classroom.

Jennifer Santangelo

jensantangelo.pngGirl Scouting is not about the Cookies - it is about Civic Engagement (read Jen's profile)

"Being a part of something as gratifying as Girl Scouts is satisfying in itself. Girl Scouts fosters leadership skills among young girls. It teaches life skills such as leadership, patriotism and civic responsibility. Each child is special and Girl Scouts seeks to celebrate this diversity in their program and core values."

Drug testing welfare applicants

Should welfare applicants undergo drug testing before receiving benefits?

In June 2011, Florida's Governor Rick Scott signed a bill requiring all welfare applicants in Florida to undergo drug testing before receiving government assistance. Arguments suggest that passing this bill only adds to the stereotype that all welfare applicants are a group of drug abusers. However, others argue that the drug testing acts as a safety net for tax-payers money. 

View the resources and join the discussion on our Civic Issues in a Minute website.

Helping Hearts for Valentine's Day

Based on the huge success of the MLK Day of Service on campus with several volunteer opportunities available in the Tomezsko Building lounge, students came together again to spend some time doing service.  This time, students, faculty and staff sewed tags on blankets for Project Linus, cut and sort $3,751.81 worth of coupons for the Overseas Coupon Program, and created 43 Valentine's Day cards for the residents of Granite Farms Estates (a local senior citizen community).  Stay tuned for additional "days of service" on campus!

Happening around campus in Spring 2012...

Let's Talk About Race - Acknowledge the Past - Heal the Present. A conversation with author Thomas Norman DeWolf.

Campus Hosts 'Pink Zone' Game to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness (LINK)

Real Talk Discussion: "Loving Them to Death. What is Happening to Black Youth?"

#nowshowing - What is Civic Engagement?

#nowshowing is a new initiative of the Laboratory where we will periodically recommend videos to watch that connect with our mission and vision of the Laboratory. We think it is appropriate for our first video to review the definition of civic engagement, brought to us by iCitizenForum. You can view this video and future ones we recommend on our Google+ page, where you can scroll through the entries and/or search our entries with the hashtag #nowshowing

February 2012 video update

A video update of the activities from Penn State Brandywine's Laboratory for Civic Engagement, as reported by Laboratory Coordinator Dr. Laura Guertin.