Meet UNC Asheville's first Community Engaged Scholars, Rosa Maria Pedro Vicente and Nola Jackson, Class of 2012. Congratulations to these dedicated and engaged scholars! Nola worked with community partner Kathy Hellingsworth and Disability Partners, as well as faculty advisor Dr. Kenneth Betsalel for her service project. Maria worked with community partner Bruce Cahoon and St. Eugene Catholic Church, and faculty advisor Dr. Ameena Batada for her service project.
The Community Engaged Scholar honor is one of five academic recognitions available to graduating students at UNC Asheville. It provides the opportunity for students to become deeply involved in service-learning in Asheville and Western North Carolina - and receive recognition for their efforts.
For more information on this graduation distinction, please see the Faculty Senate notes from 3/17/2011.
- Complete six or more academic credit hours in service-learning designated courses (usually two courses). They are indicated by an SL notation beside the course listed on the Registrar's website. You must earn a grade of B- or above in each course.
- Complete a Community Engaged Scholar Workshop (in person with quiz, dates listed below)
- Complete a Community Engaged Project (CEP) with a local non-profit agency that directly responds to a need identified by that agency. Need ideas for topics? Read past papers to get an idea of potential projects (see Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects content below).
- Complete a 5-page paper (single-spaced) that outlines the CEP, including the learning that came from it.
- Present the CEP at a Celebration of Community Engaged Learning (scheduled at the end of each fall and spring semester). Information on getting posters printed.
*This is not intended to be completed in one semester. Approval to do so, because of special circumstances, may be requested.
2019 Community Engaged Scholar Workshops
Fall 2019 Workshops, choose one session:
Mon Aug 26, 7pm-8pm, HIG 223
Tues Sept 3, 12pm-1pm, HIG 223
Wed Sept 4, 7pm-8pm, HIG 223
Important Dates for Community Engagement Projects
Spring 2019 Timeline
- Application due: Tuesday Sept 12, 2019. Submit via google forms. *PLEASE NOTE: check the "send me a copy of my responses" box and save your confirmation email. You will need this information to edit your application after it has been reviewed. Submit a scanned copy of the Signature Page (DOWNLOAD HERE) to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off original with signatures to Key Center.
- Paper due (First draft): Tuesday November 5, 2019. The paper will be reviewed and returned for revisions. Email to email@example.com
- Revised Paper due (Final): Tuesday November 19, 2019.
- Completion Form (DOWNLOAD HERE) with signatures due: Tuesday November 19, 2019. Submit scanned copy with signatures to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off original with signatures to Key Center.
Celebration of Community Engaged Learning Poster Presentation will be held during the Undergrad Research Symposium on Tuesday November 26, 2019.
The abstract is due to the UGR office by TBD.
For more information, visit the UGR info page at https://urp.unca.edu/symposia-information.
In order to present, you will need to fill out the Symposium Application form.
Ideally, all Community Engaged Scholars will present during the same poster session. We are willing to consider extenuating circumstances such as your community partner is a part of your presentation and is only available during a specific time slot or your project is best shared through a verbal presentation. Please contact the Key Center via email@example.com to discuss your situation. Classrooms are available through about 6:00 p.m. Please make the necessary arrangements with your employer or professor to ensure that your are available to present at the appropriate given time.
*Documents due via email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents requiring signatures should dropped off in the Key Center.
Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects
About the Journal
The Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects publishes the work of approved Community Engaged Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The papers discuss the projects' origins, challenges, outcomes, and sustainability. They are designed to be helpful to future students who undertake Public Service Projects and faculty who advise them.
Volume VII, 2018
- Teaching Environmental Issues to Middle School Students in the "In Real Life" Program Caroline Tucker
- Keeping A Sense of Community: Archiving in the Shiloh Community, Asheville Cheri Fleming
- Mindfulness & Athletic Performance for Middle Schoolers Gretchen Dettlinger
- The Implementation of Safe Sleeping Spaces on a University Campus Malina Navarez
- Paving the Way for Young Adult Cancer Support and LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Hailey Johnston
- Buncombe County Prevention Task Force Policy Tool Kit, Morgan Stafford
Volume VI, 2017
- Determining the Effectiveness of a Child Protective Services Notebook for Domestic Violence Survivors: A Community Partnership Between Buncombe County Family Justice Center, Helpmate, and UNCA, Leah Westendorf
- Active Living Program at Asheville Middle School: A Community Endeavor to Teach Students Exercise Science, Gill Beck II
Child Protective Services Self-Advocacy Notebook Project: Partnership between Buncombe County Family Justice Center, Helpmate and UNCA
- Helpmate’s Child Protective Services Notebook: Paving the Way toward Comprehensive Navigation and Survivor Self-Advocacy, Emilee J. Cantrell Kornegay
Volume V, 2016
- Art as Education: A Project to Increase Produce Consumption at the YMCA’s Healthy Living Pantry Ferguson, Ella
- CarePartners Orthotics and Prosthetics Johnson, Jarika
- Open Studio Saturdays: A Community Pursuit into Public Space and Public Art Kreizman, Aaron
- Protective Orders in North Carolina: Can They Effectively Protect Domestic Violence Survivors? Martin, Brenna
- Growing a Network: Surveying Community Gardens Within the Asheville Area Mixon, Sydney
- Unmasking Brain Injury Young, Jessica
Volume IV, 2015
- Learning to See: Renovating the Asheville High School Photo Club to Improve Learning and Sustainability. Etheridge, Adrian
- Sustaining Healthy Living Programs in Our Community: Producing a Policies & Procedures Manual for the YMCA of WNC. Bushong, Cody
- CarePartners Orthotics and Prosthetics Device Reference. Crawford, Colby
- Improvements in Health Literacy in the CooperRiis Community. Howdershell, Elyse
- YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market: Supporting Locavorism Throughout the Winter. Kaplan, Emma
- Educational and Nutritional Impacts of School-Based Gardening Programs: Working with FEAST to Help Tell Its Story. Banish, Hallie E.
- Walking Mindfully With Middle Schoolers: The Development of an After-School Slacklining Curriculum. Goldman, Jesse
- Eat Smart Move More North Carolina: Updating Policy Strategy Platform for 2015. Webb, Kristina
- Promoting Community Well-being through Locally Grown Organic Produce and Health Education. Liske, Mary
- "Making Home in Asheville: How Oral History Celebrates and Sustains Jewish Community." Collman, Rachel
- Partners in Health Engage at UNCA: Promoting global health through advocacy, education, and fundraising Griffin, Summer
- Wellness Superhero Challenge: Forging A Bridge Between Executives and Employees Through Wellness Jones, Margaret
- Partners in Health Engage at UNCA: Promoting global health through advocacy, education, and fundraising Kehrer, Hannah
- Access to Health:Creating the First Migrant Farmworker Health Fair in Buncombe County Sasser, Hannah
- Fostering Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Youth: Developing a Standard Operating Procedures Manual Outline for the STRIVE Mentoring Program Grant-Sellers, Saundra
Volume III, 2014
- First Year College Mysteries: Presenting First Year College Preparation Workshops with UNCA Connections mentors to Asheville High School AVID Seniors. Barnes, Nicole
- Exploring Strategies to Address Obesity with Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina. Carson, Rachel
- The Exploring Food Project: Pre-testing Messages for a Healthy Food Campaign. Crawford, Susannah
- Adolescent Health In North Carolina: Documenting State and Federal Policy. Merritt, Sarah
- Promoting Community Well-being through the Restoration of the South Asheville Colored Cemetery. Ndugga, Nambi
- Producing the CarePartners Lymphedema Information Booklet: A Valuable Resource for Improving Health. Rey, Chelsey
- Sharing Resources, Building Partnerships: A Project to Increase Awareness of the YMCA's New Healthy Living Pantry. Riggsbee, Lisa
- A Matter of Balance: Developing an Interactive Falls Prevention Website to Enhance Program Connection. Stapleton, Adam
- Making Healthy Fun: Understanding the Impact of Children First/Communities in Schools Learning Centers in Public Housing Communities. Williams, Rebecca
- From Cheetos to Broccoli: Teaching Burton Street Youth Wellness and Empowerment through Experiential Learning Heger, Ashley
- Building the PRAISE Guidebook: Working Together to Encourage a Healthier Community within Local Churches Long, Anna Lauren
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program in Madison County: Using the Pink-Out Campaign to Educate a Community about the Importance of Health Screenings in a High Risk Population Ruszala, Aimee
- Our Semester at Steadfast Home: Providing the Childcare Every Kid Wants, and Every Mother Deserves Parrish, Emma
- Building Community, Reducing Risk: Measuring Recidivism and Effectiveness in the Women At Risk Program Blow, Felicia
- The heart of the matter: campaign messaging for the Healthy Heart Initiative in Buncombe County Nichols, Jordan
- Teen Tech Safety: Development and Evaluation of Social Media Safety Curriculum Haire, Laura
- Our Semester at Steadfast Home: Providing the Childcare Every Kid Wants, and Every Mother Deserves Ingram, Mariah
- YMCA Training Manual & Online Resources Gold-Leighton, Nickolas
- Creating the Wellness Opportunity Workshop Resource Manual: A Model for School Wellness Teams Baucom, Rebekah
- Seniors’ Stories, Oral History in the Burton Street Community Goodson, Samuel
Volume II, 2013
- Working with Eat Smart Move More North Carolina to Understand Local Health Promotion Policy Advocacy. Bacchus, Carolyn
- Systematic Review of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Post-2000 CE Statistics for Helpmate. Bell, Kenton
- Mind the Gap- Mapping Community Resources. Ehle, Katelyn
- Bringing Community Back into Community Gardens: Working with Children First/CIS Family Resource Center at Emma to Revitalize their Communal Space. Fry, Kaley
- A Band of Brothers- Oral Histories of Ashevilles Elderly Veterans. McLelland, James L. Jr.
- Exploring Fruit and Vegetable Consumption with Buncombe CountyDepartment of Health and Human Services. Murphy, Hillary
- Family Resource Centers: Linking Schools and Communities. Ollis, Aaron J.
- On Dreamers and Bookworms- Creating a Lexile Framework for Reading Literary Organizational System with the I Have a Dream Foundation of Asheville. Pate, Charlotte
- Identifying Disparities: One Student's Journey Through Western N.C. with the C.H.A. Rumley, Kevin
- Promoting Sexual Health through Effective Communication Materials. Tindall, Sarah
- WNC Falls Prevention Coalition: Assessment of Effectiveness of Community Outreach Through Building Better Balance Screenings in Reducing Falls and Fall Associated Injuries Among Adults in WNC. Schoeppler, Amanda.
- Community Ties: Goals, Challenges, and Solutions in the Implementation of the Burton Street Resource and Technology Center. Thomas, Jennifer.
Volume I, 2012
- Restoring Youth Leadership and Advocacy in Disability Communities. Jackson, Nola.
- Community-Based Participatory Approaches in Health with a Latino Community. Vicente, Rosa Maria Pedro.