University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
August 3, 2009
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA to Host Faculty Service-Learning Workshop

Stephen Black  
Stephen Black
The University of South Alabama Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement will host its first service-learning workshop Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m.-noon in the USA Student Center Ballroom.

Service-learning provides an opportunity for students to serve the community while developing academic skills. The main focus of service-learning is to help students meet course objectives while becoming civic-minded. This workshop will educate faculty about how to incorporate service-learning into their courses.

Stephen Black, director for the Center of Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama and founder of Impact Alabama, will be the facilitator for the workshop "Growing a Campus wide Culture of Service-Learning."

Black earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Yale Law School. He joined the Birmingham law firm of Maynard, Cooper and Gale and spent one year serving as an assistant to the governor, where he researched policy issues and worked on economic development projects.

Black created Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative, which is the state's first nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and implementing substantive service-learning projects in coordination with universities and junior colleges.

"Stephen Black could have made a great living as a lawyer, but instead, he has devoted his life to helping college students understand the impact they can make in their communities while learning," said Karen Peterson, co-director for the USA Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

As volunteers with Impact Alabama, college students help to ensure that children in Head Start programs and those from low-income day care centers get screened for vision problems and receive subsidized examinations, diagnosis and treatment.

USA students have joined more than 950 students from 17 universities across the state in screening more than 34,000 children in four years.

"We cannot think of a better person to lead our first service-learning workshop. Stephen Black has truly "made a difference," noted Dawn McKinney, co-director of the USA Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

Those interested in attending, the USA workshop should make reservations by e-mailing For more information call Peterson at (251) 460-6148.


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