Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spring 2012 National Center for Student Leadership Conference

Thanks to the Office of Student Affairs for the following update! Be sure to read the article on The Brandywine Blog (LINK) for additional information and thoughts from the students about the conference.

This group of students were in Boston the first weekend of April learning valuable leadership skills at the National Center for Student Leadership Conference! Doug Layer, Dave Serpentine, Sandy Flick, Aimee Ralph, and Rob Ribson are making us proud! (pictured with Student Affairs Director Matthew Shupp, Assistant Director Ronika Money, and Instructor Karrie Bowen).


Our first Admissions event!

The Laboratory for Civic Engagement made its first appearance at the March 2012 Admissions Program held on campus for high school students and families.  The table was staffed by Laboratory Coordinator Dr. Laura Guertin and Laboratory Communications Intern Zanya Stephenson (pictured below, left).  The table provided visitors information about the Laboratory, the Civic and Community Engagement minor, campus volunteer clubs, the Fair Trade University initiative. 

People that stopped by the table were also invited to share their favorite volunteer activity via Post-It notes on our whiteboard (pictured below, right).  The volunteer activities posted included THON (the crowd favorite), making blankets, Lion Ambassadors, collecting clothing to donate, volunteering with Philabundance, coaching youth football, making cards for those in need of love, and “I don’t have a favorite! I love to volunteer!”

Admissions Event, 03/24/12     Admissions Event, 03/24/12

2012 Newman Civic Fellows Award

Be sure to read the campus press release (LINK), Penn State Live article (LINK), and Campus Compact summary (LINK) posted about award winner Zanya Stephenson!

The Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students are selected as national models for the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders.

Since her start at Penn State Brandywine, Zanya Stephenson has participated in many campus service projects, served as the Team Captain for our campus’s first entry into Philadelphia’s innovative design competition Canstruction, and is working to establish volunteer opportunities in after school programs for youth in the city of Philadelphia. She has also been working with our Laboratory for Civic Engagement since last semester, currently serving as the Laboratory Communications intern. Nominated by our Chancellor, Zanya joins only 160 students from 32 states in receiving this honor, and she is the first recipient ever from Penn State Brandywine.  Congratulations, Zanya!

Top: Zanya receiving her certificate for the Newman Civic Fellows Award at the campus Academic Award Ceremony, March 22, 2012.  Bottom:  Zanya featured on the Campus Compact website.

Zanya Stephenson

Zanya Stephenson, 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, on Campus Compact website

President’s Volunteer Service Award winners for 2010 and 2011

Eileen Fresta and Jennifer Santangelo were both recognized for their volunteer efforts with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  Eileen earned the Silver Level for 2011, while Jen earned the Bronze Level for 2011 and Silver Level for 2010. 

Jen (pictured below) joins Taj Magruder who was previously awarded the Gold Level for his volunteer work in 2010.

Visit our President’s Volunteer Service Award website for additional information.

Jen Santangelo

Leadership Sessions in Philadelphia

Some college students spent Saturday, March 17, celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.  Others, such as Rebecca Berkowitz, Sara Neville, and Bryan Marton, spent the day at different student leadership training sessions in Philadelphia.

Rebecca Berkowitz attended the Service Leaders Summit, sponsored by Drexel’s Center for Civic Engagement and PHENND. The Service Leaders Summit is a yearly meeting where students, nonprofit professionals, and community organizers gather to share ideas and expand their knowledge base on significant social issues. Students have the opportunity to network across campuses, share ideas, and come together in service both throughout their academic and professional careers. 

Rebecca is on the Executive Committee of We Are Penn State M.A.D.E. (Making A Difference Everyday), the campus volunteer club.  After the meeting, Rebecca shared her thoughts with us:  “The summit was great!  I wrote down tons of stuff very prevalent to MADE.  I really enjoyed it!  Thank you for such an awesome opportunity.”

Sara Neville and Bryan Marton traveled with Dr. Laura Guertin to Temple University for the Fair Trade Leadership Development session, joining other students from Pennsylvania and DC that are working towards getting their campuses established as Fair Trade Universities.  Sara and Bryan are both enrolled in ENVST 400W, the Rosenberg Civic Engagement Course for Spring 2012 that has students working towards bringing Fair Trade to Penn State Brandywine.

Bryan shared his thoughts about the meeting: “I am so thankful to have attended the session. We have some great collaborators and i am looking forward to working with them. Can’t wait for the next chance to exchange ideas and to learn!”

We look forward to seeing how these students continue to grow as leaders at Penn State Brandywine and beyond!

We Are… Girl Scouts Across Time: The Girl Scout Time Capsule Project

Be sure to read this excellent article on The Brandywine Blog, written by student and Girl Scout troop leader Jennifer Santangelo (LINK)

Letters written about Girl Scouting are now enclosed in a time capsule!

thumb_100.gif On March 13, during Girl Scout Week and the day after the 100th birthday of Girl Scouting, Penn State Brandywine sealed its Girl Scout Time Capsule, an air-tight, water-tight box not to be opened for 25 years.  In this box are photos of Girl Scouts and letters written by former and current Scouts and troop leaders.  In addition to the faculty on campus that contributed letters about their Scouting experiences, the time capsule has letters written by the following Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette troops:

  • Junior Troop 57090 form Media Elementary School
  • Daisy Troop 4973 from Lionville Elementary & SS Philip & James Schools (Pickering Valley Service Unit)
  • Junior Troop 4002 from Lionville Elementary & Kimberton Waldorf Schools (Pickering Valley Service Unit)
  • Brownie Troop 4430 from Pocopson Elementary School
  • Junior Troop 4348 from Pocopson Elementary School
  • Troop 5341 from Springton Lake Middle School

Tune back in during March 2037 to see our snapshot of Girl Scouting!

Posting online anonymously

Should people be allowed to post online anonymously?

Mountain Grove, Missouri, is no longer a town that gathers at the local diner for coffee and gossip in the mornings. Instead, the town gossip is now being aired online where residents can post their “news” anonymously.  

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

March 2012 events on campus

The following are events taking place on campus that may be of interest to friends of the Laboratory for Civic Engagement.

Green Party presidential candidate to speak at March 20 (LINK)

MTV True Life’s Ben Carpenter to discuss living with mental illness (LINK)

Former U.S. Marine to recount recon missions in Iraq (LINK)