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UW-Parkside students, faculty, and community partners make news often with their work in our communities. We highlight the newest stories on the CBE webpage, and then we archive them here long into the future.

CBE News Archive

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Community-Based Learning: A Life-Changing Experience

Purvi Patel is a 5th year student at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She a biology major with a minor in chemistry, and she’s also a Community Engagement certificate student. Purvi saw the certificate as an opportunity to get more involved in the community through volunteer work and has gained leadership and communication skills she believes will be vital in her future career as a physician.

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Turning CBL Experience Into an Internship

Last fall, student Corrie Persson took Integrated Marketing Communication, a community-based learning course that partnered with Focus on Community. After her experience in the course, she was offered the amazing opportunity to work with Focus on Community as a media intern.

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Work on the Wild Side

Heather Emery is a biology major at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This semester she was given the opportunity to work at the Racine Zoo as an animal care intern. At her internship, she has the chance to shadow zookeepers to learn more about what they do on a day-to-day basis, including cleaning enclosures, feeding the animals, medical preparation, and even occasionally handling the zoo’s educational animals.

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Zach Atkins

Zach Atkins Honored

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including UW-Parkside’s own Zach Atkins.

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CBL Project of the Year 2019

2019 Nonprofit Breakfast "Best to Date"

Focused on 50 Years of Powerful Partnerships, this year’s annual Nonprofit Breakfast on May 3rd attracted over 140 attendees, with over 75 local organizations represented. This year we were honored to welcome UW-Parkside’s second chancellor, Dr. Alan Guskin, who shared his insight on the bold beginnings of community engagement on campus.

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Suresh Chalasani

Community Engaged Learning and Research Award

The Community Engagement Office congratulates Dr. Suresh Chalasani, professor of Management Information Systems, on receiving the 2017 Community Engaged Learning and Research Award.

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UW-Parkside Food Bank

UW-Parkside senior and CBL Certificate student Andy Berg hosted an open forum on April 4th to discuss the possibility of opening a food bank on Parkside's campus. This semester, CBL 495 students have taken this research and ran with it.

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From an Internship to a Job Offer at ESPN

Darnell Clay is a sport management major, second semester senior, husband, father, and sports fan. He took his love of sports to ESPN Milwaukee, where as an intern he thrived as a producer and member of their content creating team.

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CELR Award Winner: Dr. Norman Cloutier

Norman “Norm” Cloutier is a professor (emeritus) in the Economics Department at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Cloutier conducts research on local economic development, labor market conditions, economic inequality, and economics pedagogy.

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Career Fairs on "Parkside Today"

Neil Baumgartner and Mary Waid talk about upcoming career/internship fairs here at UW-Parkside.

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An Incredible Opportunity

Ahmad Qawi is a 4th year Marketing major at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He has been working at Twin Disc as an intern for over a year. Though he is working in the purchasing and planning department, he sees himself working in a senior position on a corporate level in the future. He believes the opportunity to work in a business setting is an incredibly valuable experience.

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Bianca Ruffolo


Bianca Ruffolo 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

The office of Community Engagement would like to congratulate Bianca Ruffolo on her achievement of receiving a 2017-2018 Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students.

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Peter Knight and others

CELR Winner - Dr. Peter Knight

2015 Community Engaged Learning and Research Award Dr. Peter Knight talks about his past research and community engaged projects at an event on February 20th. Peter used "PechaKucha", a presentation format featuring 20 images - each advancing automatically after 20 seconds - and live narration, to take the audience through all of the things he has accomplished at UW-Parkside.

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Garden of Eatin

Big Things Come From Small Projects

Students at UW-Parkside have the opportunity to take classes that offer a wide variety of Community Based Learning (CBL) projects, in many disciplines including Business, History, Applied Health Science, Communications and Sociology.

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Discovering a Passion for Volunteering

Alyssa Berg is a sociology major at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She’s a Community Engagement certificate student as well as an on-campus intern for Feeding America, but she didn’t initially set out to pursue the Community Engagement certificate.

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Penny Lyter receives Civic Engagement award at Campus Compact


Dr. Lyter Receives Civic Engagement Award

Dr. Penny Lyter, associate professor of health, exercise science, and sport management at UW-Parkside, has received a 2019 Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award in recognition of her significant contributions to community service and engagement. Dr. Lyter’s efforts to establish lasting and meaningful partnerships with members of the surrounding communities benefit the university, the community, and UW-Parkside students.

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Students Support Women's Resource Center

UW-Parkside's Professor Penny Lyter and her HESM 321 Women's Health students partnered with the Women's Resource Center in Racine (WRC) in a community-based learning project in the fall 2016 semester.

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Jonathan Shailor Award

Dr. Shailor Wins Campus Compact Award

Every year, Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) recognizes faculty and staff from Wisconsin colleges and universities who go above and beyond to bring the community into their classroom and to make their campuses more engaged in the community with the Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioners Award. This past spring, UW-Parkside communications professor Dr. Jonathan Shailor was one of two recipients of the award.

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Marley Uran: '16 Civic Fellow

The 2016 Newman Civic Fellow for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside was current junior Marley Uran. Marley has been involved in a variety of public service endeavors since her first year at UW-Parkside. Marley has participated in various days of service, and has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the veterans division of Racine County Workforce Solutions for six months.

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