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The Armen Awards is a team competition event designed to inspire best practices for teaching and learning.  Using the principles of innovation and service learning, students, faculty, and community partners form teams to create a product that results in shared impact.

How it Works

During the Fall 2014 semester, teams of faculty and community organizations will come together to design service learning projects that equally align course and institutional learning outcomes with community partner needs.  Each team will submit their service learning project proposal by November 1, 2014.   Each proposal will be reviewed and approved with the goal of implementing the service learning projects during the Winter 2015 semester. 

All projects will be asked to demonstrate how they will measure impact, with particular focus on:

  • students' understanding of course content
  • students' acquisition of communication, critical thinking, social or personal responsibility skills
  • faculty teaching and learning practices
  • community partner capacity (the extent to which needs were met and goals achieved)
  • demonstration of how the service learning project will be sustained

All teams will be recognized!  The Top 3 teams will be financially rewarded at the end of the Winter 2015 semester.

2013-2014 Armen Awards Teams

  • Hope Hagan and her Business & Technical Writing course is partnering with the Covenant House.
  • Aleta Anderson and her Introductory German course is partnering with Palmer Elementary School.
  • Sarah Krajewski and her Biology for Educators course is partnering with Immaculate Heart of Mary School.
  • Dr. Sherry Knoppers and her Community Transcultural Nursing course is partnering with South End Community Outreach Ministry.
  • Gayl Beals and his Automotive Job Training course is partnering with Mel Trotter Ministries.
  • Jolanta Lanier and her Personal Health course is partnering with the American Cancer Society.
  • Bethann Talsma and her Office Ethics and Etiquette course is partnering with Gilda's Club.