KyCC Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Rachel Carr, Assistant Professor, Lindsey Wilson College

“Service-learning helps students see the value in the skills we learn and the issues we study.” Rachel Carr, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English Program Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies Lindsey Wilson College For Dr. Rachel Carr, service-learning means helping her students connect their work in the classroom to the world outside it. “Service-learning helps students see the value in the skills we learn and the issues we study,” Dr. Carr shared. “It also helps them see how they belong to and are impacted by several communities, even ones they never felt connected with before.” The incorporation of service-learning into…

April 2021: KyCC VISTA Spotlight

“Each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.”  – Fred Rogers Annabelle Leskinen Colonel’s Cupboard Education Specialist Annabelle Leskinen has always had a passion for serving communities. Even as a kid, she dedicated her time to volunteering with multiple organizations, including National Awareness of Mental Illness, Lupus Foundation, American Youth Soccer Organization, and much more. She studied Nutrition with a concentration in Food Management and a minor in Public Health while attending the University of Southern Indiana. Leskinen strives to collaborate with organizations that promote strength and wellness within communities. Her KyCC VISTA host site is…

KyCC Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jeffrey Shenton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropolgy

Lived Histories: Urban Renewal Oral History Project Jeffrey T. Shenton, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Centre College Dr. Jeffrey Shenton works as a cultural anthropologist and as an educator. One of his primary concerns is always to try to find ways to get students out into the community and to engage with people. “As much as this is about civic engagement, it is also about methods: living people are, quite literally, the source of our data in cultural anthropology,” he explained. “But, one of the main goals in teaching anthropological methods is also to teach empathy and sensitivity to…

April 2021 Message from the Executive Director

When we start each new month, I love to look at the list of “National Days”  – just for fun. April has over 50 such days including National Soft Pretzel Month and National Canine Fitness Month! Two that really inspired me were National Month of Hope and Second Chance Month. I had to ask myself, “How would the month of April be different for me and those around me if I focused on hope and second chances?” This could especially have a significant positive impact on the students, faculty, and staff we interact with. Without any additional funding or training,…

March 2021: KyCC VISTA Spotlight

Meet Stephanie Jones “I am a first-seed, lifetime resident of Somerset, KY,” Stephanie Jones said. “I am the mother of two daughters and a caregiver for my mom.” She serves as a KyCC VISTA for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, housed at Somerset Community College (SCC) in Somerset, Kentucky. This institution offers academic, general education, and technical curricula leading to certificates, diplomas, and associate’s degrees. SCC is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Jones is a lifetime learner, earning an Associate in Arts from 1999, with general education to…

KyCC Faculty Spotlight: Abe Cross, Assistant Dean of Students

Service-learning is next-level teaching. If students cannot retain what they learn, or if they cannot apply it, then are they really learning? Abe Cross Assistant Dean of Students Lindsey Wilson College When asked to describe service-learning, Cross shared it is a way to engage in a hands-on, tangible learning methodology that positively impacts a community. He noted that it is one thing to understand the theory – and that is important – but it is another thing altogether to apply this approach. “That’s what service-learning enables our students to do: They get the added bonus of doing it within the…

Supporting Free Speech for All on Campus Event

Supporting Free Speech for All on Campus April 13 (2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.) Hosted by our NC Campus Compact partner Recent years have seen the values of free speech, diversity, and inclusion in tension with one another in higher education. These principles must be harmonized, balanced, and upheld in tandem for the rising generation and our democracy. This presentation will draw on the nuanced history of free speech to present a vision of ‘free speech for all,’ a belief in both upholding free speech and ensuring that people from all backgrounds have opportunities to speak, be heard and be…

Archived KyCC Newsletters

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KyCC Faculty Spotlight: Thomas R. Wójcicki, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bellarmine University

“The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.” – Thomas Merton Thomas R. Wójcicki, Ph.D. Associate Professor Exercise Science Department School of Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences College of Health Professions Bellarmine University While Dr. Thomas Wójcicki believes that attending lectures and taking notes is a time-tested pedagogical approach, he recognizes the need for and value of active learning – especially via community engagement – as it can greatly improve the comprehension of the material being taught and significantly aid in the realization and subsequent appreciation of its social utility. “Demonstrating one’s ability to successfully apply the…

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