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Virginia Wesleyan College hosted an interactive service-learning workshop for its faculty and various outside community members on Aug. 19 led by Dr. Richard Conville, an award-winning leader in service-learning and community engagement and professor of communication at the University of Southern Mississippi. The workshop, titled “Service-Learning and Building Community Partnerships,” began at Williams Farm Recreation Center in Virginia Beach and ended on campus in Hofheimer Library. Discussion topics included “Preparing for Service-Learning and Community Partnerships;” “Partnering Together;” and “More Nuts and Bolts of Service-Learning: Fitting Service-Learning into the Life of the Teacher-Scholar.” Attendees discussed the needs of the community, community partnerships and learned more about tying service-learning into courses and research. Dr. Conville has been the Southern Miss Faculty Liaison for Service-Learning since 1999. He authored his university’s successful application for the Community Engagement Classification in 2010, awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has led faculty training on service-learning and community engagement at a variety of schools including Grambling State University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Louisiana State University-Shreveport and Delta State University. For more information, contact Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning Kathy Stolley at 757.233.8768 or More