As students return to campus for the Spring semester, the Hagen Center readied for the Spring Civic Engagement Internship program. On Sunday, January, 11th, the Hagen Center interns met for their orientation which included a tour of Springfield. The tour, lead by Mayor and Hagen Center Faculty Advisor, Warren Copeland explored the city, our history, the effect of urban sprawl, and the neighborhoods of city residents.
The Hagen Center interns will work in different community organizations, the City of Springfield and the Wittenberg.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby:
Whitney Koelling, a Class of 2015, will work with a local group seeking to form a local public action group seeking to combat global warming. Whitney will assist the organization leadership in recruiting active members in various efforts to educate the local community about the danger of global warming and policies that would address those dangers. Whitney will manage their Facebook and Twitter presence, plan letter writing campaigns on campus and assemble a group of Wittenberg students to meet with John Boehner’s assistant, Morgan Fox, about climate change.
Wittenberg’s Sustainability Task Force:
James Wallace, Class of 2017 will work with Michael Brady, Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant on energy savings at Wittenberg. Together they will identify a particular project that James will evaluate for potential savings. James will learn to use the software designed to evaluate energy efficiency in campus buildings, and he will be expected to prepare a specific recommendation for possible energy savings.
Community Development with the City of Springfield Internship:
Katarina Reichert, Class of 2016, will analyze the HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act) program and use the data available to create various forms of communication – brochures, powerpoints, infographics, etc. Katarina will present this information at both the citywide lender meeting and at the Fair Housing Seminar attended by realtors and property managers.
Meghan White, Class of 2015, will work to catalogue Springfield’s two historical districts. Meghan will take photos and research homes and historical buildings in both the South Fountain and East High Street districts, creating a standard template and updated catalogue.
Project Jericho Arts and Youth Internship:
Sarah Royal, Class of 2015, and Linzey Rice, Class of 2016, will work with Project Jericho, a program of the Clark State Performing Arts Center, involving at-risk youth with the arts. Both Sarah and Linzey will coordinate, implement and execute Jericho Jazz, a dance class for 8-12 year olds. They will also assist Project Zonta, a weeklong dance project for females inside the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. Linzey’s special project will be social media outreach, creating a new e-newsletter and maintain Project Jericho’s social media outlets. Sarah will research and write grants for the organization and attend the review board to learn about the grant process.
Youth Mental Health First Aid:
Two Wittenberg students, Rebecca Holmes, Class of 2016, along with Kelly Chamlis, Class of 2016, were trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and will work with a site supervisor to facilitate group activities and discussion with students involved with the intervention peer group at a local high school. Kelly and Rebecca will assist with developing lessons and activities for topics such as diversity, coping skills, leadership, and self-esteem.