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Sample Service-Learning Projects

Past Service-Learning Projects


ARED 3310

The Creative Art and the Young Child for art education majors worked on the Smithsonian's Key Ingredients children's interactive venue the felt board "buffet" and the interactive play kitchen.

ARED 3320

Students worked with Lumpkin County Middle School students to organize a Trash to Treasure art project. They organized a clean-up of the LCMS campus, then recycled and reused the trash to make art. Later a silent auction of the art work was held, the proceeds going to PAWS.

ART 3810

Documenting through photography the Smulian Cabin on its original site.

ART 4521

Students worked with several community partners, local artists and craftspeople, and individuals and businesses such as the Downtown Dahlonega Association to create feasibility plans for ventures such as creating an arts festival and starting up business as a craftsperson with a booth at summer crafts fairs. In small groups of 3 to 6 people, students decided on a project, interviewed pertinent individuals and businesses, researched such necessities as permits and small-business loans, start-up costs, etc. Some students did go on to carry out their feasibility plans, for example, renting a booth to sell pottery at a crafts fair. Two other students conducted internships for Bear on the Square the following semester, Spring 2007.

ART 4560

This class primarily teaches the students about philosophies of interpreting art and visual objects. Students have been occupied in studying to display as "local exhibits" that will accompany the main Smithsonian Key Ingredients display (object selection of cookbooks, dinner and tea sets, and some works of art). The students researched all of these objects from the point of view of design and technique, as well as for their social and historical relevance. Then they refined the initial selection and wrote short explanatory texts about their final object selection; created four thematic exhibits based on their texts: Five o' Clock Tea, A la Carte, The Cook and the Book, Drinks of the World. Each of these exhibits will be displayed in a tall glass case. Three students also curated an art exhibition: "Visual Feasts: Art by Jim Fambrough and June Koehler." The students are setting up the exhibits they curated.

ART 4800

Setting up and shooting about twenty different scenes for a local business web site.


BIOL 1260

Students performed research and implemented projects for campus sustainability.

BIOL 4311

In coastal Georgia, observing and learning about maritime forests, coastal plants and animals, and conservation; also volunteering and appreciating our natural resources, including our national parks, spending 1.5 days performing hard labor and learning while working for the NPS; producing educational materials and promotional videos.

BIOL 4800

Water Quality Research Project — Conducting a water quality project in the Chattahoochee River around Helen in conjunction with The Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program through GA EPD; testing two different methods for quantifying E. coli in the water to help identify the easiest and most cost effective method to use. The result was a large scale comparison of a new method they are considering with a method currently in practice, one which we were already using in our work.

BIOL 4801

Students were allowed to choose (with instructor's approval) a project. Most volunteered with the River Rendezvous (they helped with the sampling) and the Hemlock Fest or a work day with Yahoola Creek Trails Conservancy. Additionally, students have been involved in reconnaissance of potential water sampling sites and have completed an Adopt-a-stream training course.


ACCT 3350/4350

Through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), accounting students provide valuable tax assistance to the community.

ACCT 4310

Students presented professional education sessions.

Students served as accounting tutors.

Students presented a financial accounting continuing professional education session.

Students presented three financial management freshman survival seminars: checking accounts, credit and debt, and saving and investing.

ACCT 4380

Students presented sessions on financial management to first-year students

BUSA 3910

Providing training in leadership skills, including creativity, team-building, communication, and emotional intelligence in Leadership Development Workshops

MKTG 3799

Teaching students how to stage a live event from concept to promotion to sponsorship to ticketing to operations to security and clean-up.

MGMT 3910

Design and conduct a live workshop on leadership development for local nonprofit organization young leaders; for further information see this article.


Students perform a service quality analysis for two local businesses.

MGMT 4665

Students created a video on how to interview job candidates.

MGMT 4667

Students were asked to develop and describe three suggestions for how a specific start-up business could market its product more successfully or suggestion how the product could be improved. For each suggestion, students were expected to come up with an estimate of what it would cost to implement their suggestion.

MGMT 4668 (2008)

Designing and presenting two community workshops for nonprofit and small business managers on topics including marketing, accounting, human resources management, as well as other business information.

Computer Science

CSCI 3300

Creating a new computer-based system, or modifying and upgrading an existing system, adding new features, reports, menus or remove existing bugs; using CASE to produce a computerized transaction based system that is capable of searching a database and generating queries and reports.

CSCI 3500

One project, for the City of Dahlonega, investigated the feasibility of providing wireless service to all of Dahlonega, using either ad hoc or commercial systems. For the campus, the class assessed the virtualization of services to make better use of server computers and to add failover recovery.For the IIT Director, the class assisted in Phase I and Phase II planning for the future fiber optic network.

Criminal Justice

CRJU 4850

Students completed various projects with area police departments, Sheriff's offices, District Attorney's offices, probation offices, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


EDUC 2110/2120

Earth Day the Elementary Way—Organizing and facilitating Earth Day celebration, educating first grade students about the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, as well as providing future educators first-hand experience teaching complex concepts in a fun and exciting way.

Additionally, students worked with K-2 students to help them read in their native language by preparing activities based on story books.

EDUC 3010

Partnering with their field placement schools to develop a school improvement initiative for students who are "at risk" for academic failure.

LART 3007

Children's literature class prepared lists of "best-of" multicultural books for the library to purchase for their upgraded children's collection, along with posters and visuals on the books set up in the library last year.


EDUC 2110/2120

Earth Day the Elementary Way—Organizing and facilitating Earth Day celebration, educating first grade students about the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, as well as providing future educators first-hand experience teaching complex concepts in a fun and exciting way.

Additionally, students worked with K-2 students to help them read in their native language by preparing activities based on story books.

EDUC 3010

Partnering with their field placement schools to develop a school improvement initiative for students who are "at risk" for academic failure.

LART 3007

Children's literature class prepared lists of "best-of" multicultural books for the library to purchase for their upgraded children's collection, along with posters and visuals on the books set up in the library last year.


ENGL 1101

Students collected interesting and humorous specimens of grammar infractions and used accessible and contemporary terminology to create a web site link for grammar lessons.

ENGL 3190

Intro to Publishing, students learn about the field of book publishing through various reading and writing assignments as well as 'hands on' work for the University Press of North Georgia

ENGL 4810/6810

Special Topics: Developing brochures, flyers, and short videos to encourage NGCSU students to make use of Student Health Center services

ENGL 4820/6820

Jane Austen: Students apply knowledge gained from reading Austen and secondary texts to develop materials for an educational tour to Austen’s England. Our community partner would like to offer a seven to ten day study abroad opportunity for interested community members.  Although the course would not be for academic credit, it will be based in Austen scholarship, and those attending could earn CEU/PLU credit for the experience.  As scholars of Austen, students will pull together materials to make the trip instructive and entertaining, and satisfying to someone wanting to know all things Austen: her times, her novels, her places, and her way of looking at the world.

ENGL 4880

Students worked to develop letters of appeal, press releases, brochures, bookmarks, dictionary and thesaurus activities, and other materials to support four Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition initiatives: the GED Program, Fundraiser/Publicity, the Imagination Library, and the Dictionary/Thesaurus Project.


ENGR 1000

Students developed alternative means of moving students to and from the proposed new dormitories on Radar Ridge. The surveys and analysis provided positive suggestions for the development of the plan being implemented on Radar Ridge.

Additionally, students performed an analysis of traffic light operation within the city of Dahlonega.


MATH 1101

Students are making quality math manipulative learning tools that promote deeper understanding of math concepts to give to Lumpkin County Elementary School.

MATH 3350

Surveying the NGCSU campus about preferences for the new Recreational Sports Center, collecting a data set representing 10% of campus, and performing basic and advanced statistics on the data. Previous findings resulted in a presentation to the Recreational Sports Director, which was used in planning the grand opening.


Nursing outreach in the news:

NURS 1100 & 1200/1205

Breakthrough to Nursing — Hosting 110 students who are potential future nurses and teaching them about blood pressure, bandages, and other nursing procedures as well as basic biological concepts.

NURS 1110

Students shadow certified pet therapy teams on visits to nursing home settings to experience the positive effects that animals have on the emotional and physical health of residents and staff.

NURS 2110/2130

Students spend 14 hours per semester assisting the community and educating the clientele to improve services at each community site.

NURS 2310

Students assisted in fund raising and participated in the Ride for Challenged Child; identified a need for community education on the subject of Folic Acid intake and developed a bulletin board where this information could be displayed; developed educational programs on hygiene, violence, substance abuse, etc.

NURS 3510

Students in the Healthy Aging class are conducting projects at Senior Centers. Previously, students did pet therapy with senior citizens. Students working with the Hall County Senior Services are working with checking Blood Pressures, medication reviews with the clients that come into the center.

NURS 4410

Students must fulfill clinical objectives through completion of a service-learning project that is designed to serve either the agency, the population the agency serves, or the clinical preceptor.

Additionally, students have made presentations to K-1 students about hand washing, "blow and go" (respiratory hygiene), nutrition, playground safety, etc.

NURS 4520

Students taught age-appropriate classes on topics in women's health, to include staying fit nutritionally and with exercise, personal hygiene, and sex education.

Students held a poster and class session for diabetic patients regarding basic nutrition, healthy and appropriate choices for a diabetic diet, and selecting a balanced diabetic diet. Both were held in English as well as Spanish.

Students created a brochure for patients about to undergo orthopedic surgery regarding the expectations before and after surgery and what the patient could do to facilitate a better recovery from surgery.

NURS 6120

Community Education — Designing a free community education seminar on a pediatric topic, held in the HNS building.

NURS 6150

Covering service learning pedagogy to plant the seeds for the future nurse educators to endorse service learning.

NURS 7160

Performing a cultural assessment of the group; then using the assessment and the volunteer experiences with the group to complete a project meeting a need expressed by that group.

Physical Education

PHED 3025

Elementary Physical Education — Planning the activities for a Field Day experience, including checking to ensure the equipment and facilities to match the developmental learning levels of the children (grades 1 – 5), and conducting activities for over 600 children.

Physical Therapy

NDPT 7622

Performing an ergonomics assessment of the inspection area of the plant. Originally originated by Frank Fearon, the company has used many of the suggestions, resulting in a decrease in the number of recorded injuries in the plant.

NDPT 7653

Hippotherapy camps offer physical therapy students an opportunity to participate in this unique form of therapy that incorporates the use of the movement of a horse to facilitate motor control in individuals with disabilities.

Political Science

POLS 4470

After reading and discussing three of Putnam's works on civic engagement, students work in teams on a civic engagement project/plan that they present and implement (if possible). Examples of projects include educating and registering students to vote in local elections with the hope of electing a student-friendly member to the Dahlonega city council and Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners; crafting and distributing a local contact information guide for low income residents with the hopes of increasing social capital among that demographic.

Additionally, students worked with the City of Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, and North Georgia to craft a plan for an integrated sustainability effort among the three aforementioned stakeholders, with North Georgia taking the lead. Students researched past and current recycling and sustainability efforts, offered recommendations for the future, and gauged community support for this type of plan.


PSYC 1001

Foundations of Leadership conducted several projects with the Yahoola Creek Trails Conservancy. Their project web page can be viewed at this link .

PSYC 1030

Students completed projects with the premise of bettering the community and themselves.

PSYC 1101

Students applied skills learned either as a basic psychologist/researcher or as an applied psychologist/therapist/counselor.

PSYC 4950 & 4960

Investigating the effects of exercise on aging by organizing free Yoga and Walking groups in the community and by offering classes twice a week for eight weeks. Health measures were collected and the research presented at the 19th Annual Southern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics.


SOCI 4000

Students created the Connecting Lumpkin web site which consists of a central listing of community resources for the citizens of the area and the university; the site was subsequently recognized by the Lumpkin County Family Connection with a People's Choice Award, and named a finalist in the Georgia Family Connection People's Choice Award competition.


SPAN 2001/2002

Reading in Spanish — Teaching K-2 students how to read in their native language, a skill that will transfer and help them read in English. Our NGCSU students prepare activities based on story books provided for them and read with them.

SPAN 3210

Students identified cultural issues from the surrounding community within the contexts of situations and behavior commonly seen, but perhaps misunderstood and to explain the expectations, motivations, and values of such behaviors. Students then made a presentation of their findings to promote understanding, tolerance, and appreciation for our respective cultures.

Strategies for College Success

SFCS 1000

Choose a site and volunteer for 10 hours. Keep a diary of what was accomplished each hour, and write a final paper, with emphasis on how this experience increased leadership capabilities and how it could impact future career decisions or civic engagement post graduation. In Fall 2005, the project was mandatory. In Fall 2007, students chose which assignments would mean most to them, and only 3 students chose this particular one.

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