November 21, 2008
|Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Gabriel Barreneche (left) and Rollins President Lewis Duncan at the Florida Campus Compact Awards|
For the second year in a row, Rollins was recognized by Florida Campus Compact for its outstanding service-learning efforts. At last year’s inaugural Awards Gala, Rollins set the pace by receiving the top award presented in the state, the Florida institution most committed to being an engaged campus.
At the 2008 Awards Gala held recently at the Doubletree Resort in Orlando, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Gabriel Barreneche was honored with a “Service-Learning Faculty Award” in the independent sector for contributing to the integration of service-learning into the curriculum. Barreneche has combined the teaching of Latin American literature, culture and the Spanish language with his passion for service-learning. He has taken Rollins students to Central Mexico to teach computer skills and English to children in remote rural schools. Over the past three years students from his "Spanish for Advanced Communication" course have teamed with Junior Achievement of Orlando to bring the J.A. curriculum to Spanish-speaking students in the Central Florida area. This was the second year that a member of Rollins’ faculty secured the top spot in the independent sector.
"Our faculty award recipients are deeply committed teachers and scholars who recognize that the educational process extends beyond the walls of the classroom," said Dean of the Faculty Laurie Joyner. "The linkage between the classroom and community is one way these distinguished colleagues reflect our institutional commitment to both the intellectual and ethical dimensions of a liberal arts education at Rollins College."
Rollins was also recognized for its efforts to increase civic-mindedness through campus-wide voter registration, education and awareness campaigns. Of the 52 colleges that belong to Florida Campus Compact, Rollins took third place in the Democracy Cup Award (behind Florida State University and University of Miami. Rollins was acknowledged for providing quality voter education on candidates and issues, promoting and increasing the number of student voter registrations and expanding student voter turnout on Election Day.
Throughout the fall term, Rollins faculty offered course work surrounding the election in political science, critical media and cultural studies, environmental studies and chemistry classes. Leading up to Election Day, Rollins student organizations held numerous voter registration drives and education sessions; hosted debates; held events featuring Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Amendment 2 discussion panels and more.
On Election Day, free buses took students from campus to local voting locations. And on Election night, more than 250 Rollins students, faculty and staff watched history unfold on Rollins' Mills Lawn during "Uncle Sam's After-Poll Party," a non-partisan event thrown by "WTF Rollins: Working Toward the Future at Rollins." Read more about how Rollins students celebrated democracy.
"We are very proud of our students and their active promotion of the democratic process," said President Lewis Duncan. "These programs and their success are another example of our commitment to educating for global citizenship and responsible leadership."
Award winners were selected by an out-of-state peer review panel. Campus Compact is a nationwide coalition of college and university presidents committed to the public purposes of higher education. Composed of more than 1,000 member institutions in 47 states, the organization promotes engaged teaching and learning through organized service projects to develop citizenship skills and values.
Additionally, the Corporation for National and Community Service named Rollins College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.
The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.